Between early July and late August of this year, the demolition of the Cascade Mills Falls of the Keuka Outlet Trail located in the Finger Lakes region of central New York State will happen in order to create a better trail for users.
Despite the efforts of Design Connect Cornell in 2016 to evaluate the site and come up with solutions, it was decided the buildings were beyond repair. The decision to demolish for public safety and to continue the enhancements of the trail was made.
Procter and Gamble is funding the demolition of the old structures at Cascade Falls. The buildings have been secured and condemned.
Reviews of the project were submitted to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Historic Preservation Office for approval to go ahead with the project.
Minimal disruption to the trail will occur during the demolition.
The history of the Cascade Mill is well documented, and the plan is to allow the land to return to it’s natural beauty with better views of the falls and more opportunity for photographs, fishing, and other activities that have drawn public interest to the trails.