Our river is a wild one. It is not like the bucolic green rivers of the Midwest or South. Surging through the center of our city, it roils and rushes headlong over a series of spectacular waterfalls and rapids. The retreat of the glaciers and the rush of water from our southern mountains, has—over time—carved out the stunning natural features of our gorge.
Row upon row of shale rock line the walls of the cliffs, echoing the many layers of our own history here. The Iroquois and Seneca stood in primeval forests lining our river and wondered at their world. Pioneers built the first water-powered mills of industry. Modern industry almost destroyed our precious waters. And now, sensitive sustainable development will guide a new generation, eager to enjoy this great resource for decades to come.
Friends of the GardenAerial works to preserve, protect and improve natural and historic resources, cultivating High Falls' transformation into a world-class public green space, through stewardship, innovative design, and community outreach.
We owe nothing less to this word-class site than to create a world-class design. The three main Phases of The GardenAerial plan are to:
1Phase 1, under way now, will create and prepare new trails and gardens on the east and west sides of the gorge. Trail improvements on the East side (near Genesee Brewery) as well as the initial construction work on the FlourGarden (at Browns Race) will both begin in Spring, 2014. Pedestrian access and structural feasibility studies will also take place in 2014 to prepare assets and circulation pathways for Phase 2 of the project.
2Phase 2, includes construction of a new pedestrian bridge across the top of High Falls and a downtown connection "system" - thus completing a 3/4 mile looped trail around the Gorge. These architecturally stunning additions to High Falls will finally give residents and visitors breathtaking access and "up close" engagement with the river and the falls - for the first time in over a century.
3Phase 3 will see the creation of a stunning arboretum, floating high above the Genesee Gorge ON the Pont de Rennes bridge. An urban greenway. A new "garden in the sky. We also seek to construct a new, environmentally friendly public WinterGarden and Horticultural Genetic Specimen Bank on the east side of the gorge — a stunning new venue with a panoramic view of the falls and gorge.
Friends of the GardenAerial
We depend on you.
As a result of our work over the past several years, Friends of the GardenAerial has become a leading champion for the Gorge at High Falls. We have completed a major portion of visioning and ideation around what might happen here and are now beginning to make real progress in further community engagement, planning, engineering and construction of various phases of the project.
But, it takes many people working long hours to make the vision become a reality and we continue to seek private and public funding to cover our operational and professional services costs, create promotional and fund-raising materials, and develop feasibility and economic studies—all of which are needed to successfully seek and procure funds from governmental, corporate and other institutional entities. JOIN US in helping connect the history and future of one of our greatest local resources—the Great Gorge and Falls of the Genesee River in downtown Rochester.
At Friends of the GardenAerial we have sought to continue to identify unique ways to benefit the High Falls area and Rochester as a whole. A consistent term we have utilized has been embodied in the concept of the "energy of poten Read More...