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“Total Eclipse of the Park” will enable visually impaired to view the solar eclipse



Rochester, New York – When thousands of people swarm to the area in less than two months to witness the complete solar eclipse, Rochester will be the center of attention.

Numerous groups are organizing celebrations of the spectacle, and one event in particular aims to ensure that every one may take part in it.

We discussed Total Eclipse of the Park at Genesee Valley Park with Kiki Smith, a community organizer for the South East Area Coalition, and Deb Ross, head of the Eclipse Task Force, on Thursday morning’s Good Day Rochester.

Smith, who is blind, demonstrated to us a few of the numerous resources that will be available to assist those who are blind in seeing the moment on April 8 when the moon obscures the sun.

She produced a tactile map that shows the path of totality for both the current year and previous years.

There will also be an apparatus during the event that produces audio from light.

Depending on the amount of light present, the light-sound gadget will emit a higher tone when there is more light, and a lower tone when the light level decreases.

Total Eclipse of the Park, according to Smith, is open to all ages and includes tandem bike rides, audio darts, and guide dog training.

The free event is scheduled for April 8 at Genesee Valley Park from 1-6 p.m. To learn more, go here.