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Sonnenberg Gardens plans expansion

May 16, 2018
Originally published on May 9, 2018 7:11 pm

A historic park in Canandaigua will be getting an upgrade soon.

Sonnenberg Gardens, a historic state park built on a 19th century estate will be expanding soon, thanks to new land acquired from the nearby U.S. Army Reserve building.

Senator Chuck Schumer has been pushing the ownership transfer for over three years, saying investing in the Gardens is an investment in the Finger Lakes economy.

The 3.5-acre site was an original part of the estate. The Army Reserve buildings will be re-purposed for use at the Gardens

An almost 2-acre parcel was bought at Charlotte and Gibson Streets as well.

Sonnenberg will now expand parking, build a new visitor center, a climate controlled facility to protect collections and relocate the entrance

The estate attracts over 30,000 visitors each year. 

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