Project Scion Brings New Life to Neighborhood
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A vacant lot on the corner of Jay and Child Streets has been transformed into a gathering place for the JOSANA neighborhood.
It's the work of Project Scion. In horticulture terms, scion is a shoot from a plant or tree that is taken to a new location and sprouts new life.
That's the idea behind this project, to sprout new life into Rochester neighborhoods.
"I see so many people come and relax, they bring their kids here. People get stressed out, they come in here and feel a lot better," said Beth Walsh, a neighbor.
This project was a collaboration between the City of Rochester and local businesses, and this isn't the only green space park that's going to to be available in the city. They plan on doing one every year.
Local nurseries and landscape designers donated their time along with plants and trees to build this community gathering place. They look to do the same on vacant lots in other city neighborhoods that need a lift.
"The goal of Project Scion is to help revitalize and inspire neighbors to get out and improve their communities through garden and art. This is just one small example of what small teams of local business owners, artists and community members can do. So we're hoping that inspires not only the residents of this immediate area, but also Rochester in whole," said Pietro Furgiuele, landscape designer.
The new park is called "The Orchards." It pays homage to early days when this area of Rochester produced fruits and nuts.
People living in the area helped with the project, including 10-year-old Ronn Rivers.
"I grabbed a shovel, picked the mulch up, spread the mulch around, pat it down, watered the plants with the watering bags, hammered the benches down. And over the weekend when it was done, I was telling people they can't step on the grass because it's not done and picked up the trash and all that stuff," he said.
Project Scion is looking for two vacant lots that can be transformed into similar green space areas over the next couple of years.