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Flower City Looking Good Series -- Outdoor Wellness Activities


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 MVP-logo- large

6 p.m., Tuesdays, June 4-August 27  

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 4: 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 11: 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 trails.

June 18: 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 25: Guided Bike Ride, 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.

July 2: 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 9: 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.

July 16: Guided Bike Ride, Charlotte Neighborhood and Lake Ontario Parkway Trail. Meet at the boat launch Port of Rochester (Charlotte). map 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.

July 23: Guided Bike Ride, Lake Ontario State Parkway and Route 390 Trails. Meet at the boat launch at the Port of Rochester (Charlotte). map Ride on a trail along side the Lake Ontario State Parkway (LOSP) and along side Route 390 in the Town of Greece. The ride starts at Charlotte Beach; we turn around at Ridge Road West. then return to follow the route backwards. A 17-mile ride on flat terrain, paved trails.

July 30: Guided Bike Ride, Mount Hope Cemetery. Meet at the Genesee Valley Park Pool parking lot, 131 Elmwood Avenue. 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.

August 7: 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 13: 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.

Tuesday, August 20: 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.

August 27: Guided Bike Ride, Genesee Valley Park Neighborhood Trails. Meet at the Genesee Valley Park  pool parking lot, 131 Elmwood Ave. 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.

Other Bike Events

City of Rochester second annual Bike Week
Runs May 11-19 with a series of
events designed to highlight the city’s
growing interest in the bicycle as a
mode of transportation and recreation.

ReadySetRide: Saturdays, May 18 - June 8, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
This program for 5th to 12th graders teaches fundamentals of safe road cycling.

May 18: Edgerton Community Center 41 Backus St.
May 25: South Avenue Community Center, 999 South Ave.
June 1: Flint Street Community Center, 271 Flint St.
June 8: Avenue D Community Center 200 Avenue D

The Roc City Challenge: Tuesdays, July 9 through 30, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Genesee Valley Park.
Learn to stay safe in traffic with this four week-long
bicycle safety course for adults over 18. Preregistration including a $10 fee is required. To register, visit the City’s Recreation Bureau office, 400 Dewey Avenue. (585)428-6755.

MVP Health Care Thursday Night Nature Hikes

June 6-August 29, 6 p.m.

TheseThursday Evening Walks highlight the historical and natural wonders of the City of Rochester.

June 6: 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.

June 13: 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 20: 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 27: 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 11: 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.

July 18: 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 25: (New) The Rochester Aqueduct, noon & 6 p.m. Meet on the steps of the Rundel Library building on South Avenue, Downtown. map The Erie Canal was completed through Rochester in 1823 and carried across the Genesee River on a stone aqueduct. Learn about the Genesee River and its falls and visit the site of Ebenezer Allan’s 1789 mills.

 August 1: (New) Frankfort, noon & 6 p.m. Meet at the south west corner of State and Platt Street, across from the Kodak building. map Frankfort was a 200 acre plot immediately north of the original 100 acre plot for Rochester and was the city’s main industrial area. Learn about the area west of State Street, visit the Brown’s Race area and cross the 1890 Platt Street Bridge for several views of the High Falls.

August 8: (New) The One Hundred Acre Plot, noon & 6 p.m. Meet at the west side of the Broad Street Bridge, near the corner of Broad and Exchange. map The City of Rochester sprang from this 100 acre plot bought by Rochester, Carroll and Fitzhugh in 1803. Walk along West Main and Fitzhugh Street to learn about significant buildings and events that occurred in the area.

August 15: (New) Washington Square Park, 6 p.m. Meet at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. map Learn about this monument and visit the nearby St. Mary’s and First Universalist Churches. At the south end of the park see Geva Theater, a former armory and convention center.

Aug. 30: 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 29: 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 

Activities on the Water Kayaking in the Genesee River lower gorge.

Aug. 17-18: 8th Annual GWC Lockapalooza at the Lock 32 Whitewater Course in Pittsford, (585)328-3960. www.lockapalooza.com 

Saturday, September 14: 17th 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. 5-6) 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. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6
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: aobrien@rochesterrehab.org 



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