The annual Flower City Looking Good series offers many opportunities to get fit and be fascinated around Rochester's neighborhoods and natural areas.
Explore nature and the city’s amazing historic parks and neighborhoods by bike, on foot or in canoes by participating in MVP Health Care Tuesday and Thursday Nature Nights, and more! Walks, jogs and rides are leisurely with slight grade changes, mostly on paths or sidewalks. Call 428-6770 for more information. Read on for the (very) full schedule!
MVP Health Care Tuesday Night Guided Bicycle Tours
6 p.m., Tuesdays, June 3-August 26
These guided bike rides are designed to appreciate how the land and waters were before the city was founded, and to revisit the natural and built environments of 1835 Rochester. Cancellations due to weather will be made at start time on site. All rides begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., and are led by a Board Member of the Rochester Bicycling Club. Helmets required for bike rides. Information at (585) 428-6770.
June 3: Guided Bike Ride, Seneca and Turning Point Parks. Meet at the Seneca Park Zoo parking lot. map We cross over to the west side of the Genesee River to ride on the Genesee Riverway Trail north to the Port of Rochester. Spectacular views of the river gorge, ride on the 4,000 foot boardwalk in Turning Point basin, and under the O'Rorke Bridge. A 12-mile ride on a paved trail with a few moderate hills. This ride is offered again during River Romance Weekend in October.
June 10: Guided Bike Ride, High Falls Neighborhood. Meet at the Pont de Rennes Bridge, behind the Centers at High Falls. map Travel along the Genesee Riverway Trail and by road into the community. Ride through downtown Rochester, Genesee Valley Park, Corn Hill, Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood which contains the Frederick Douglass Museum site. A ten-mile ride on flat terrain, city roads, and paved trail. This ride is offered again during River Romance Weekend in October.
June 17: Guided Bike Ride, Genesee Valley Park Neighborhood Trails. Meet at the Genesee Valley Park pool parking lot, 131 Elmwood Avenue. map Bike on the Erie Canal, Genesee Riverway Trail, Lehigh Valley North, and Genesee Valley Greenway Trails! A 12.5 mile ride on flat terrain, paved and unpaved trail.
June 24: Guided Bike Ride, Mount Hope Cemetery. Meet at the Waterways Center at Genesee Valley Park, 131 Elmwood Ave. map Explore the oldest municipally-maintaned Victorian cemetery in the United States. This will be a slow ride and walk in Mt. Hope cemetery with many stops. The tour is lead by the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery. We will stop to view many grave sites including those of Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony.
July 8: Guided Bike Ride, South Wedge Neighborhood. Meet at the Genesee Valley Park pool parking lot, 131 Elmwood Ave. map Bike on the Genesee Riverway Trail and on the bicycle lane on South Ave in the Wedge, a neighborhood which is enjoying a rebirth with new housing and businesses. An 11-mile ride on paved trail and City roads.
July 15: Guided Bike Ride, R Community Bikes Tour and Neighborhood Ride. Meet at MLK Memorial Park. Explore Downtown and the neighborhood around R Community Bikes by bike, including the Public Market, colorful murals, urban gardens, a neighborhood walking route and a guided tour of R Community Bikes. A 6-mile ride on flat terrain and city roads.
July 22: Guided Bike Ride, University Ave., Neighborhood of the Arts and East Ave. Begin at the Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. map Ride along University Ave. to view sidewalk art and enjoy the George Eastman House gardens. A ten-mile ride on flat terrain and city roads.
July 29: Guided Bike Ride, Park Avenue Neighborhood and East Ave. Meet at Towner's Bicycle Shop, 1048 University Avenue. map Ride along East Ave. to view the beautiful mansions. Enjoy the great view of the city from the top of Cobbs Hill and the Reservoir. A 10-mile ride on city roads, one climb to the top of Cobbs Hill.
August 5: Guided Bike Ride, Durand Eastman Park and Sea Breeze Neighborhoods. Meet at Summerville Genesee River parking lot at the end of St. Paul Street. map Enjoy the beauty of Durand Eastman Beach, Durand Eastman Park and the Sea Breeze Neighborhood. A 10.5-mile ride, paved trails and City roads, one hill climb.
August 12: Guided Bike Ride, Charlotte Neighborhood and Lake Ontario Parkway Trail. Meet at the Abbott’s Charlotte parking lot by Estes Street. Great views of Lake Ontario and the ponds along Edgemere Drive with beach front homes. We will walk a short distance along the Lake Ontario beachfront "Secret Sidewalk" in front of beautiful lakeside homes. A 13.6-mile ride on paved trails and roads.
August 19: Guided Bike Ride, Corn Hill Neighborhood. Meet at the Genesee Valley Park pool parking lot, 131 Elmwood Ave. map Bike on the Genesee Riverway Trail and explore the Corn Hill neighborhood to view the many historic and stately homes. Approximately a 10-mile ride, paved trail and City roads.
August 26: Guided Bike Ride, Maplewood Neighborhood. Meet at the Rose Garden parking lot, at the corner of Lake & Driving Park Avenues. map Ride on the Genesee Riverway Trail through Seneca Park. See the stately homes on Seneca Parkway, closeup views of the Lower Falls and the Genesee River Gorge. Ride the new El Camino Trail and over the Rochester Gas & Electric Middle Falls Dam Trail
Bridge. This nine-mile ride is on a paved trail and city roads with a few moderate hills.
Other Bike Events
City of Rochester Third annual Bike Week
Runs May 10-18 with a series of
events designed to highlight the city’s
growing interest in the bicycle as a
mode of transportation and recreation.
Ride Right Youth Safety Program: Saturdays, July - August 1, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
This program for 5th to 12th graders teaches fundamentals of safe road cycling.
July 12: Flint Street Community Center, 271 Flint St.
July 19: Ryan Community Center, 530 Webster Avenue.
July 26: Avenue D Community Center 200 Avenue D
August 2: Gantt Community Center, 700 North Street.
Ride Right Adult Safety Program: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This two session program (4-hours total) is for adults 18+ interested in learning the fundamentals of safe road cycling. Preregistration, including a $10.00 registration fee, is required. Scholarships are available. To register visit the City of Rochester’s Bureau of Recreation and Youth Services (400 Dewey Ave): 428-6770. Participants that complete the entire training course will receive a voucher for a free bike at R Community Bikes (some restrictions apply).
Tuesday/ Thursday, May 13 & 15: Genesee Valley Park, 131 Elmwood Ave. (Meet outside the Genesee Waterways Center).
Tuesday/ Thursday, July 15 & 17: Maplewood Rose Garden: Corner of Driving Park and Lake Ave. (Meet in Rose Garden parking lot).
MVP Health Care Thursday Night Nature Hikes
June 5-August 28, 6 p.m.
TheseThursday Evening Walks highlight the historical and natural wonders of the City of Rochester.
June 5: Charlotte Village. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Petten Street on the Genesee River. Petten Street runs east off of Lake Ave. This tour will highlight the Charlotte Cemetery, Bill Davis Overlook and the Charlotte Lighthouse. Lower Gorge Explorer walk.
June 12: Brooks Landing to the former Camp Fitz-John Porter Civil War training camp. Meet at the west end of the pedestrian bridge near Brooks Avenue and Genesee Street. map Experience Rochester history from the days of the Iroquois, to the Underground Railroad, and 19th and 20th century industrialism. See the progress on the conversion of the Erie Railroad Bridge, Rochester’s newest pedestrian bridge over the Genesee River.
June 19: Lower and Middle Falls of the Genesee. Meet in the Maplewood Rose Garden parking lot, corner of Lake and Driving Park Avenues. map Walk the west side of the Genesee Gorge and visit Maplewood Park. The hike also includes former villages of Kelsey's Landing and McCrackenville, as well as the Lower and Middle Falls of the Genesee River.
June 26: Historic Genesee Valley Park. Meet in the south end of the park at the dead end of Hawthorne Drive, close to the East River Road entrance. map Genesee Valley Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and is the junction of a multitude of trails, bike paths and waterways.
July 10: Charlotte Lakeshore. Meet at Tamarack Street—which runs south off of Beach Avenue. Sights will include Ontario Beach Park and the ‘secret sidewalk.’ Lower Gorge Explorer walk.
July 17: Seneca Park North. Meet in Seneca Park, north of the zoo at Trout Pond. map Explore the historic Olmsted designed Seneca Park North including: Trout Pond, Aviary and Bandstand, and the historic trail system.
July 24: El Camino Trail. Meet at the corner of Clifford Avenue and Conkey Avenue, for a hike to the Seneca Park Zoo and back. map Rochester’s newest trail, initiated by the Genesee Land Trust, follows the former railroad bed through residential and commercial districts. www.cityofrochester.gov/elcamino
July 31: Highland Park. Meet in front of the Lamberton Conservatory. Explore the majestic Frederick Law Olmsted designed Highland Park. Join Tim O’Connell from the Highland Park Conservancy to explore the history, design and preservation of the 1890’s section of the park.
August 7: Cemeteries along Lake Avenue. Meet at the entrance of Riverside Cemetery. map Visit historic Riverside and Holy Sepulchre Cemeteries, including the grave of Rattlesnake Pete. See some of the largest and most beautiful trees in Rochester.
August 14: Turning Point Park. Meet at Boxart Street parking lot. map Hike across the picturesque Genesee River boardwalk and explore Red Falls Trail and Bullock Woods. www.cityofrochester.gov/turningpoint
August 21: Downtown Heritage Trail. Meet in front of the Susan B. Anthony House on King Street. map Explore the new Rochester Heritage Trail, from the Genesee River west to the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood and Historic District.
August 28: Historic Corn Hill. Meet at the WaterSpirit sculpture on Exchange and Plymouth South. Walk highlights include 18th and 19th Century homes, the city’s oldest African American church and historic music venues along Clarissa Street.
Activities on the Water
August 16: 10th Annual GWC Lockapalooza at the Lock 32 Whitewater Course in Pittsford, (585)328-3960. www.lockapalooza.com
September 13: 18th Annual Rochester River Challenge.
Genesee Waterways Center in Genesee Valley Park. This inclusive community and Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports event celebrates the sport of outrigger canoeing. It is a full-day affair attracting paddlers to the Genesee River to compete in 400m sprint races. Team up with family, friends or co-workers for this unique and fun day on the Genesee River! This event is run by a local non-profit organization, Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana, which specializes in providing outrigger canoeing opportunities for individuals of all abilities. www.adaptivecanoeing.org.
October Canoe and Kayak rentals provided by the Genesee Waterways Center. Available 9 am–4 pm during River Romance Weekend (Oct. 4-5) at the Turning Point Park landing. map Turn east on Boxart St. off Lake Ave., right turn to parking lot, then walk down to Genesee River boardwalk. Fees: $15 per hour; $25/ 2 hrs., $40/day
Genesee Waterways Center (GWC). Headquartered in Genesee Valley Park,the Genesee Waterways Center (GWC,
www.geneseewaterwayscenter.org) is the gateway to outdoor activities on or near the water in Western New York. map GWC is a not-for-profit organization that promotes paddling, rowing and sculling, and related outdoor activities—programs for everyone! The Center offers top-notch instructors and growing facilities, extensive rental equipment for canoeing and kayaking, and more for visitors to make the most of their outdoor experience. These recreational facilities and year-round classes are available to all ages and ability levels, from youth to adults,from novice competitive!
Rochester River Romance: Celebrating our Love Affair with the Genesee River: Friday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 5
Join this community-wide love affair as we focus the community spotlight on the Genesee River. An entire weekend is dedicated to the beauty and majesty of Rochester’s Genesee
River during peak autumn foliage season.
Renew your vows on the Pont de Rennes Bridge in High Falls Historic
District. Explore by foot, bike or water, the beauty and historical importance of the Genesee Riverway Trail. Pick up your River Romance Passport for discounts at local restaurants and businesses. Take a romantic cruise on the Mary Jemison or the paddle-wheeled Harbor town Belle. Fish for salmon below the Lower Falls, climb the tower of an 1822 vintage lighthouse. Watch amateurs and high school students compete in the Head of the Genesee Invitational Regatta—whatever floats your boat!
A myriad of opportunities will be offered by the City in partnership with numerous collaborators. The weekend includes more than 40 separate events including historic walking tours, bicycle treks, boat rides and races, nature walks, concerts and lakeside family fun
plus horticultural workshops and festivities all along the river corridor. Look for the full brochure of the full River Romance schedule in September.
SportsNet is a program of the Rochester Rehabilitation Center located at 1000 Elmwood, Suite 600, Rochester, NY 14620. SportsNet offers adapted sports and inclusive recreation opportunities. For more information contact Anita O’Brien, SportsNet Manager, 585-271-1894 ext. 1742 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org