Washington Grove Preservation Project


The City has devised a workplan designed to improve the condition of Washington Grove and reinforce its commitment to preserving the beauty of and access to the area. 

About Washington Grove

Washington Grove is a city owned woodland area nestled on the eastern edge of Cobbs Hill Reservoir. In 2008, a coalition of park users and surrounding neighbors came together to develop a management plan for Washington Grove. The coalition produced a draft management plan which suggested some actions aimed at preserving and restoring the Grove. This was provided to the City for review. With some modifications the plan was adopted and became the basis for an annual City work plan designed to improve the conditions of Washington Grove and reinforce its commitment to preserving the beauty of and access to the area.

 Trail and Entrance Assessment and Recommendations Project Spring/Summer 2016

The purpose of this project is to assess and evaluate the existing trail system in the Washington Grove section of Cobb's Hill Park.

The results of this study will be an assessment of the existing conditions and development of recommendations for: the enhancement of existing trails to support a variety of trail users, the possible removal/discouragement of detrimental trails, potential new alternative trails, concept-level design for trail entrances, and a realistic maintence strategy to ensure safty and sustainability of the park's trail system.

The study will also suggest improvements along trails and at trails and at trail heads to evaluate the feasibility of developing ADA accessible routes.

The link to the completed study and recommendations is below.

This document will be used as guidance for future capital and volunteer projects. Any capital projects will require further public review and comment.



Grove Workplan

Work began in the spring of 2010 and has continued with a combination of volunteers and city forces over the past 5 years.
Click here to review the Washington Grove 2016 Workplan 


Click on the photo to view a gallery from a volunteer day at the Grove. 

 Help Fund 100 New Trees and Shrubs

The City of Rochester and the Friends of Washington Grove — in commemoration of the Grove’s 100th Anniversary — have set a goal of raising $3,000 toward the purchase of 100 new trees and shrubs to be planted in the spring of 2013 in Washington Grove. The average cost of each new tree and shrub is $30. A donation form may be found here. If you wish to adopt a tree and water it, please contact the City Forester at 428-6971.

Family Walks in Washington Grove


Nestled behind the reservoir atop Cobb’s Hill is a beautiful grove of giant old oaks, named Washington Grove after our first President. In coordination with Flower City Looking Good, learn about Washington Grove's birds, geology and more on a family walk. Get the 2016 Washington Grove Walk Schedule
and all the details at Flower City Looking Good. 

Washington Grove Map 


 Lend a hand in the Grove at Volunteer Work Days 2016!

Time: 9 a.m. -11 a.m.
Meeting  place: Nunda entrance to Washington Grove, near the intersection of Cobb's Hill Dr. and Nunda Blvd.
  *Please dress for the weather and bring work gloves.  

Saturday, April 16: Planting trees and removing invasive species.
Saturday, April 30: In coordination with the City's Clean Sweep effort, planting trees and shrubs.
Thursday, May 12: In coordination with United Way Day of Caring, planting trees, shrubs, and removing invasive species.
Saturday, June 11: Removing Norway maple saplings and invasive shrubs, or else planting flowers and grasses.
 *We may add an additional work day so please watch for any changes this schedule. 







 For more information, visit www.cityofrochester.gov/washingtongrove 

How do you utilize the Grove?

Help us understand how you use the park throughout the year by taking a quick survey.

Would you like to receive Grove updates?

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Email Mr. Brian Liberti, City Forester with questions or comments, or call the Division of Forestry at  (585) 428-7581.