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Just in time for the summer heat and humidity, there's now a new place to get wet in Rochester.

The Rochester Parks and Rec Department has been working hard making improvements to one of Rochester's newest parks-- Cascade Lake Park. While you can see Cascade Lake from Highway-14 (just west of Highway-52), to get to the park, you have to use 2nd Street Southwest, then turn onto 23rd Ave Southwest and follow it to the park.

Once you're there, though, you'll find a LOT of improvements to what already was a pretty cool park. In fact, it's now the ONLY place you can head out swimming in the city of Rochester this summer. According to a release from the city of Rochester, the swimming beach at Cascade Lake is now open-- even while the pools in Rochester are still closed, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. And, there's more too:

This phase of construction at Cascade Lake Park built the “back bone” infrastructure including the parking lot, electrical, sewer and water services. New amenities at the south end of the park include nature-based landscaping and a nature-based play areas. The project also included several art components and two pedestrian bridges to the adjoining neighborhoods, the released noted.

Cascade Lake Park is also easily accessible along Rochester's Trail System, which is especially handy for me, seeing as it's only about a mile from palatial St. John manor. I love heading out to get some much-needed exercise on the Cascade Lake Trail, whether it's on my bike or with our dog, Asher. You can see more about what else is planned for Cascade Lake Park here.

Listen to Curt St. John mornings from 6 to 10 a.m. on Quick Country 96.5
and afternoons from 2 to 6 p.m. on 103.9 The Doc

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