Saturday, July 19, 2014

Canandaigua Main Street Streetscape Tour

Canandaigua Main Street Streetscape Tour 
 We will meet at Commons Park for a guided tour by
Andrew  Spencer (BME Associates Landscape Architect) and  
Berna Ticonchuk (FLCC Conservation Technician and
.                                         Canandaigua Tree Advisory Board member).   
Learn about how the ‘rain gardens’work and why specific species were selected for the planting sites along Main Street. The Canandaigua Farmers Market will be open 8:30-12:30 behind the east side of Main Street.

 Thanks to BIB Director, Lisa Marie Thompson, for this Press Release:

CANANDAIGUA, NEW YORK –    Community members are invited to learn more about how Canandaigua’s downtown Streetscape rain gardens work and why specific species were selected for planting as part of an upcoming walk sponsored by the Canandaigua Botanical Society.  The walking tour, which is free and open to the public, begins at Commons Park on North Main Street at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 16
Leading the tour are Andrew Spencer, Landscape Architect, BME Associates; Berna Ticonchuk, Finger Lakes Community College Conservation Technician and Canandaigua Tree Advisory Member; and Laura Ouimette, secretary and treasurer of the Canandaigua Botanical Society. The tour coincides with the popular Canandaigua Farmer’s Market. Open on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Farmer’s Market takes place behind Main Street on the east side.
“The walking tour of downtown Canandaigua will be informative, educational, and a great way for people to learn more about our rain gardens and Streetscape project,” said Lisa Thompson, Downtown Manager, Canandaigua Business Improvement District.  “The project’s unique statewide because we’ve embraced green infrastructure practices and a commitment to lake water quality in an active, downtown environment.”
“We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the City of Canandaigua to see this project through from the initial concept, funding and grant procurement, design, and ultimately construction. This project is a great example of an innovative approach that provides water quality improvements as well as streetscape beautification for the City of Canandaigua,” said Andrew Spencer, Landscape Architect, BME Associates.
The Streetscape Project
The $1.6 million Streetscape project was completed last year in collaboration with the City of Canandaigua and government agencies. In addition to new sidewalks and concrete pavers, the project incorporates green infrastructure, including bio-retention and filtration methods. Nine rain gardens and eight raised plant beds with 40 street trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plantings are situated along Main Street from Antis to Chapin Street. New sidewalks and permeable concrete pavers were also installed. The project represents a total investment of $1.6 million in downtown Canandaigua. 
While many of gardens look ordinary at first glance, they serve an important role in the filtration of storm water and pollutants. Storm water runoff can include pollutants that are harmful to Canandaigua Lake. During the planning stages, project engineers focused on ways to protect Canandaigua Lake by relying on an infrastructure that includes bio-retention filtration methods. The plant materials and irrigation system filters storm water through bio-retention areas, which include soil and plant materials, before it returns to the lake watershed.
About Canandaigua’s Business Improvement District
The Canandaigua Business Improvement District (also known as “the BID”) is a not-for-profit organization created under Article 19A of the New York General Municipal Law to promote, beautify, and improve historical downtown Canandaigua.  More than 100 businesses and 700 employees operate within the BID.  Canandaigua’s downtown is a popular destination for tourists and community members who want to shop, dine, and explore the historical business district.  For more information, visit
About the Canandaigua Botanical Society
This walk is one of 21 events scheduled to celebrate the 140th year of the Canandaigua Botanical Society; the second oldest botanical society in the USA.  The Botanical Society maintains a pictorial journal of events on its website/blog at

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