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Monroe County parks impacted by rain

Rochester, N.Y. -- Wet conditions at Monroe County parks on May 16 shut down the Lilac Festival and turned grassy fields into pools.

The county said concerns about the impact foot and vehicle traffic could have on already flooded grounds was a major reason the Lilac Festival at Highland Park was closed for the day. Three tents at the park collapsed overnight due to heavy winds and rain.

The lower grounds at Ellison Park were completely submerged in water, along with a significant portion of Blossom Road along the border of Penfield and Brighton.

Alex Levine is a frequent visitor to Ellison Park.

"I come down every time I can, every day I can. It's usually beautiful but I've never seen it like this, You can't see one piece of dry land out there," Levine said.

Ellison Park is closed until further notice. The Lilac Festival at Highland Park is scheduled to be open Saturday and Sunday.

 
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