Riverside Cemetery Expansion & Site Improvements

Project Description

Riverside Cemetery is located at 2650 Lake Ave in the City of Rochester. It is bordered on the east by the Genesee River, on the south by Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, and on the north by City owned and maintained parkland. The total site consists of approximately 95.5 acres. 

Almost 80% of the property is sparsely wooded with mature trees, open lawn areas, and roads encompassing the current burial area. The majority of the remaining area is comprised of heavily wooded areas along the river, with open lawn areas adjacent to the eastern edge of the existing burial sites. The City would like to expand the current cemetery operation into the area between the limits of the existing gravesites and the top of the bank of the Genesee River. 

The entire cemetery is located in the Lower Genesee Basin. The topographic high point of the cemetery is located along Lake Avenue; the cemetery generally drains easterly toward the river. In the developed sections of the cemetery, an existing network of drain inlets, storm sewers, swales, drain the site to an existing pond, down to the expansion area, and eventually to the Genesee River.

Many of the existing storm sewers are blocked, or have been crushed, creating drainage problems including flooding and saturated soils. Repair or replacement of the existing road or utilities must take into account that, in some areas, they are located within 5’ of burial sites.

The expansion area has drainage that generally flows both northerly and easterly. The northerly flow eventually enters into an unnamed tributary on the northeast portion of the expansion area, and eventually flows into the Genesee River.

The expansion plan was broken down into three phases. Phase 1 will correct the current drainage problems in the vicinity of Willow Pond near sections C and E, and make site improvements to Willow Pond. Phase 2 is the expansion of the upper lawn cemetery area, specifically to the east of the Veteran's Section, north of Section “V” and south east of Section “R”. Phase 3 expands the cemetery to the lower portion of the site, and provides connection to the Genesee Riverway Trail. The goal of development in this area of the cemetery is to provide green burial space and cremation interment For additional information please refer to the Feasibility Study completed by Marathon Engineering dated January 29, 2013.



Proposal Submission

A pre-proposal meeting was held on Thursday May 23, 2013 at Riverside Cemetery Office at 2650 Lake Ave, Rochester, NY 14612. 

Proposals where due on Friday, June 7, 2013. 



If you would like more information on this project, please contact Al Giglio P.E., Managing Engineer of Street Design at (585) 428-7164 or email him