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Dinolfo Cuts Ribbon on New Lilac Adventure Zone in Highland Park

Dinolfo Cuts Ribbon on New Lilac Adventure Zone in Highland Park

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was joined by members of the Monroe County Parks Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Parks Advisory Committee, and Barton & Loguidice to cut the ribbon on the new Lilac Adventure Zone located in Highland Park. The new Lilac Adventure Zone features an ADA accessible lilac grove, new green parking lot improvements, casual-use picnic shelters, and the region’s largest nature play area.

“For decades, families have come to Highland Park to enjoy time together, whether it is catching a show at the Highland Bowl, visiting the Lamberton Conservatory, going on a walk, or smelling the lilacs at our upcoming Lilac Festival,” said Dinolfo. “The new Lilac Adventure Zone, featuring the region’s largest designed nature play area, gives families one more reason to come out to Highland Park soon. I welcome families to stop by our new playground while they are enjoying Lilac Fest this year, which typically attracts 500,000 visitors here, makes an estimated $3 million economic impact, and supports local jobs for our friends and neighbors.”
For over 60 years, the Cornell Cooperative Extension building occupied the location of the newly-developed nature area of the Lilac Adventure Zone. Recycled timbers and rocks from other Monroe County Parks were reconditioned and used in the construction of the park’s nature play area. The addition of a willow tree also adds to the natural feel of the play space.

The expansion of the lilac collection and its incorporation into the design of the new Lilac Adventure Zone allows for a handicap accessible area. Other design features include casual-use picnic shelters, solid paved pathways for walkability and a new green parking lot that will feature rain gardens to collect water from the parking area and pavilion roofs.

The Lilac Adventure Zone furthers the County’s effort to use innovative methods and natural resources. This was already implemented in Abraham Lincoln Park in the Town of Penfield where the county built a highly-popular nature play area. These areas allow children to play in a setting that is not built with man-made materials, providing a real outdoor experience with health, psychological and cognitive benefits.

The Lilac Adventure Zone is part of the 2017 Highland Park South Master Plan Update, which included the creation of an outdoor nature space within the character and park design principles of Frederick Law Olmsted.