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Rochester Reopens High Falls Visitor Center

Rochester's High Falls Center has reopened. It closed in June after the city ended the contract with the operator of that facility, with the city trying to save money. But now the city historian and the public library will operate the center on Brown's Race.

City historian Christine Ridarsky says this arrangement will be more economical, and she says there will no longer be a gift shop or an art gallery there, although there will be some exhibits.  Ridarsky says they do get a number of  people coming through that building.

"I’ve been amazed just since we took over about how many people actually pass through the visitor's center. If you look at our log book just from the last couple of weeks we've got people from all over the world, signing our guest book, so people are looking for a way to learn about the city.”

Ridarsky says it's not certain that the visitor's center will stay in High Falls. The city is also looking at the possibility of moving the center downtown.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.