ROC the Riverway Weekend

Roc the Riverway, September 30- October 2, 2022 

The Genesee River is the lifeblood of the Greater Rochester Region. From the abundant farms of the Genesee Valley to the industrial heritage of the City, the Genesee River has defined who we are and how our community developed. 

In 2018 the City along with our partners at the State of New York, launched an ambitious 500 Million dollar initiative to truly release the full potential of our river. Roc the River Way is a series of projects which celebrate the past and build for the future. They will transform this former industrial waterway into a community recreational corridor that provides opportunities for all to interact with water. Celebrate this transformation with us! Come out, experience a weekend of activities and learn more about our community’s vision for the future. 

To view and register for this year’s Roc the Riverway events, visit https://accounts.cityofrochester.gov

FRIDAY, September 30th 

6 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Fall Salmon Run
Daily until November for anglers and spectators. Seth Green Dr. and Norton St. off St. Paul Blvd. This section of the Genesee River offers some of the most exciting fishing in New York State- right in the city. 

4:00 and 5:00 p.m.: Insider Walk to High Falls.  Genesee River Alliance members, Greentopia and Tour Blend have partnered with Rochester Gas & Electric to offer this rare opportunity to walk to the base of this 96 ft. tall waterfall in the heart of Rochester. We’ll meet at Granite Mills Park, at the west end of the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge along Brown’s Race.  The tour will include a walk down Falls Street to the RG&E Hydroelectric Plant and the base of the falls. Learn about the history of Brown’s Race, the operations of RG&E’s Hydro Station, and plans for a New York State Park at High Falls. You’ll have a chance to view concept drawings of the park, ask questions, and share your thoughts with members of the design team.  

Explore a location you normally can’t visit, with incredible photo opportunities! There are two walking tour times, 4 PM and 5 PM, and each walk is approximately 1 hour long. This walk is on pavement but is mildly strenuous due to an incline and is recommended for ages 12 and up.  There are no restrooms.  Please bring a water bottle and wear appropriate footwear (no open-toed shoes, heels, or flip flops) for safety reasons. Meet at 104 Platt St, Rochester NY 14616. 

 

 

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Limited on-street metered parking or park at High Falls Garage, or take RTS bus #22 (Lake Avenue). Contact Helen at hdumas@geneseelandtrust.org with any questions, or go to https://www.geneseelandtrust.org/master-calendar/2022/9/30highfallsbase to learn more and register. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  

SATURDAY, October 1 

9-11 a.m.: Clean-Up at Seth Green Park. Get outside, get active and get involved in making Rochester a greener, cleaner City! The City of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Human Services is partnering with the Seneca Park Zoo Society to sponsor a series of ‘park clean-up events’ along the Genesee Riverway Trail. Tools and gloves will be provided. Please dress for the weather and bring water to stay hydrated. Meet at the Seth Green parking lot.   

10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Sturgeon Release in the Genesee River. Join the United States Geological Survey for a Sturgeon release at Seth Green Park by Lower Falls. Learn about the 16 years of successful sturgeon reintroduction, spray paint stenciled sturgeon awareness signage in multiple languages, be joined by “Seth” our 6 foot fiberglass sturgeon mascot and observe staff measure weight, length, girth and tag data.  Attendees may participate in release of hatchery reared sturgeon into the lower Genesee River.  

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Tours of the Lower Falls and Gorge. Join docents from the Maplewood Neighborhood Association and learn about the five bridges over the gorge, the rivalry between Carthage and Rochester and the river’s transformation from a place of industry to recreation. Tours are about 45 minutes long with the last tour starting around 1 p.m. Meet at the Maplewood Rose Garden Parking Lot. 

10 a.m.-11 a.m.: Guided Walk on the North Terrace of the Rundel Memorial Library. Located on the bank of the Genesee River in the heart of downtown Rochester, the north terrace of the Central Library's Rundel Memorial Building is a vibrant public space that celebrates the city’s connection to the river and the legacy of growth and innovation that has sprung from it. Join Deputy City Historian Michelle Finn on a walking tour exploring the newly renovated site and the layers of history it contains!    

10 a.m.-5 p.m. On exhibit: Welcome Home: Celebrating Rochester’s Immigrants. 

Local History Exhibits Hall, 2nd floor, Rundel Memorial Library Building, 115 South Avenue. 

Visit the Rundel library building to see the current local history exhibit showcasing the countless ways, big and small, in which foreign-born residents have made an impact on the city’s establishment, development, and identity. Welcome Home: Celebrating Rochester's Immigrants marks a partnership between the library's Local History & Genealogy Division and a host of individuals and local ethnic organizations who provided materials to help create a diverse visual narrative of Rochester’s multicultural past and present. 

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Mount Hope Cemetery: Mischief, Murder & Mayhem. Join the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery to meet some permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law, or whose lives met an unfortunate or grisly end. Meet at the North Gate House: 791 Mount Hope Avenue (opposite Robinson Dr). 

12 - 4 p.m.: Autumn at the Lake. Spend a Saturday at the beach. Come enjoy the beauty of the Lake and the Port in the fall.  Enjoy the bluegrass energy and sounds of the band, HeatWave, take a horse drawn hay ride around Ontario Beach Park, decorate and take home pumpkins (fee), ride the carousel or enjoy fresh made donuts, cider and other treat from Duke’s Donuts. You can also join a guided bike tour of the port and beach at 2 pm or partake in a self-guided, audio tour through the park, a stroll on the pier or along the “secret sidewalk.  Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse will also be open for tours and local businesses will feature specials for your enjoyment. Event presented by the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee. More info call 585-865-3320. 

1 - 5 p.m.: Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Tours. Tour the oldest surviving aid to navigation lighthouse on Lake Ontario (1822); climb the Octagonal Tower to see the new 4th order Fresnel lens and a great panorama view of Lake Ontario and the surrounding area. In the Keeper’s House, view the history of Lighthouses in the area, display of Ontario Beach Park from the 1870s to 1920s, a new display on Women’s rights, a stove that washes clothes, the lockups of Charlotte & more.  Outside take a walk through the War of 1812 International Peace Garden. Admission $5.00 (18 years & older); $2.00 (5-17 years old), and FREE (4 and under). Open Fri., Sat., & Sun.  For further information call 585-621-6179 or visit www.geneseelighthouse.org. 

2 - 3:30 p.m.: Washington Square Historical Walk. Join historian and Library Assistant Emily Morry for a .83-mile walking tour of the Washington Square neighborhood. This tour will depart from the Rundel Memorial Library Building and will showcase the history of the surrounding neighborhood as a hub of industry, transportation, culture, and reinvention, including recent ROC the Riverway developments.  



SUNDAY, October 2 

10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Guided Paddle Along the Genesee from Seth Green Island.  Join Genesee RiverWatch and the Genesee Waterways Center in celebrating ROC the Riverway Weekend with an educational paddle along the Genesee River. Experience the solitude of our "Wilderness in a city" between Turning Point and Lower Falls – an unspoiled area where you will forget that you are in the midst of an urban metropolis. Paddle trips are $25.00 per person. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-registration required. Call 328-3960 or visit https://www.geneseewaterways.org/events-registration to register. Meet in the Petten St. parking lot for shuttle to Seth Green. 

1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.: ROC the Riverway Guided Bike Rides. Experience all the progress on ROC the Riverway projects up close and on two wheels! Meet on the Broad Street Bridge and travel along the Genesee Riverway Trail and by street to explore the recent and future enhancements to the riverfront. The tour will feature projects in High Falls, Downtown, and in the South River Corridor. Helmets required. 

1 - 4 p.m.: A Walk on the Erie Canal. Head to the Broad Street Bridge for a demonstration of A Walk on the Erie Canal, the new Tour Blend mobile tour.  This new, free mobile tour guides you along the original route of the Erie Canal in downtown Rochester.  As you walk on the old canal, you’ll see and hear about historic photos taken more than a century ago.  You can begin this tour at any time using your smartphone, and no registration is required. 

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1-5 p.m.: Re-Imagine the Aqueduct on the Broad Street Bridge. Bring the whole family down to the Broad Street Bridge and adjoining riverfront for a fun filled celebration of the revitalization of Rochester’s Genesee River Corridor. The schedule of events on the Broad Street Bridge include interactive displays, activities, and games, self- guided audio tours of the historic canal corridor, public input sessions for the Re-Imagine the Aqueduct Project, food trucks and carts, wine and craft beer tasting, Skating in the Street, participatory chalk art installation, walking tours, guided bike rides, and musical entertainment.  

1-5 p.m.: Corn Hill Landing Boat cruise-Board the Sam Patch for waterfront views of the recently completed West River wall project, hear about the new Corn Hill Navigation boat to operate next season out of the Landing, see dramatic views of the Roc from the water. Cruises leave approximately every hour (fee). 

2-4 p.m.: Kayaking at Corn Hill Landing. The Genesee Waterways Center will have kayaks for rent at a discounted fee of $10 per person, or free for attendees with wrist bands of the NYS Canal Conference. This paddle offers participants an opportunity to see the Genesee riverfront development projects up close and on the water. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. First come first served- no registration required.  

1-4 p.m.: Roc City Skatepark Tour & Demos: Bring your skateboard, scooter or BMX bike (or just walk) and check out the new Roc City Skatepark. Representatives from the Friends of the Roc City Skatepark will be on hand to share about the history of the park and provide updates on the exciting plans for future phases of this urban progressive oriented sports hot spot!  

1 - 5 p.m.: Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse Tours. Tour the oldest surviving aid to navigation lighthouse on Lake Ontario (1822); climb the Octagonal Tower to see the new 4th order Fresnel lens and a great panorama view of Lake Ontario and the surrounding area. In the Keeper’s House, view the history of Lighthouses in the area, display of Ontario Beach Park from the 1870s to 1920s, a new display on Women’s rights, a stove that washes clothes, the lockups of Charlotte & more.  Outside take a walk through the War of 1812 International Peace Garden. Admission $5.00 (18 years & older); $2.00 (5-17 years old), and FREE (4 and under). Open Fri., Sat., & Sun.  For further information call 585-621-6179 or visit www.geneseelighthouse.org. 

2-3:30 p.m.: Mount Hope Cemetery Walking Tour. This foundational tour is a two-hour walk of approximately a mile on both paved roads and uneven terrain. This includes the graves of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, topics of local history, horticulture, geology, architecture, monument symbolism, and more. Tickets are $12 per person at the door, free for members, SNAP recipients, and children under 16 who are accompanied by a paying adult. Meet at the North Gatehouse at 791 Mount Hope Ave, opposite Robinson Drive. NOTE: Tours are not always kept to paved paths. We recommend comfortable walking shoes, not open sandals. 

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY 

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