Work begins on expansion project at historic park in Finger Lakes

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 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced groundbreaking for a new entrance and gateway at Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park in the Finger Lakes.

Construction will realign the entry into the park as the first step in a $6.1 million project in the city of Canandaigua, Ontario County, that will also renovate a former U.S. Army Reserve armory into a new Sonnenberg visitors’ center, café, and educational space with improved parking.

The new entrance and gateway off State Route 21 is expected to be complete in spring 2022, providing more visibility for the site and a direct link to the New York State Thruway. It will provide a bus turnaround, as well as divert traffic from an adjoining residential St.. Designed by Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects LLL, project construction work is being done by City Hill Excavating of Penn Yan.

While work on the continued armory renovation will move forward based on available funding, Friends of Sonnenberg staff have moved offices into the building.

A state historic site since 2006, Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park is a late-19th century Victorian Estate with a Queen Anne-style mansion, greenhouse complex, and nine historic themed gardens of the world.

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