Looking for your next adventure? The Genesee Riverway Trail is a great way to explore the present and past in the Greater Rochester area. Most of the trail is paved, a 24-mile path designed for various usage – walking, jogging, or biking. The areas that are steep, rough, or narrow have clear designations. A good system of signage is included throughout the trail to guide the public to interesting points and keep them on track.
The trail goes on both sides of the mighty Genesee River, and is comprised of a couple of sections. From the south city boundary to Court Street, it is nine miles and this section contains five walking bridges and various trail loops. North of downtown, the trail is seven miles of continuous enjoyable sights and sounds. This part of the trail goes from the Middle Falls near Driving Park Avenue, all the way to Lake Ontario.
All told, the Riverway Trail encompasses three waterfalls, eight pedestrian bridges, and eleven parks. Native Rochestarians will probably be acquainted with most (but there are certainly some areas that may haven’t been explored much), and it’s a nice section of our area to show visiting guests. They will be impressed to know that of the eleven parks on the trail, four of them were designed by the famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (Genesee Valley, Highland, Seneca and Maplewood Parks). If your visiting friends or relatives aren’t sure who Olmsted is, mention Central Park in New York City to them. Hopefully they’ve heard of that – if not, send them for a remedial national information review ASAP!
In addition to the four parks mentioned, the other parks on the Genesee Riverway Trail include the Bausch and Lomb Riverside Park, Durand-Eastman, Genesee Gateway Park, High Falls Terrace Park, Lower Falls Park, Turning Point Park, and Ontario Beach Park (known lovingly as Charlotte Beach to many of us!)
Turning Point Park has a truly breathtaking boardwalk and trail. It was selected as the 2008 Transportation Project of the Year in its classification ($2 million to $10 million category) by the American Public Works Association. Combined, the boardwalk and trail are about 10,000 feet long – two-thirds of it trail connected by the other third which is a 3,572-foot bridge over the Genesee Turning Basin. Turning Point Park also boasts a Rain Garden that contains plants that assist in filtering and cleansing run-off before it makes its way into the river.
Concerts By The Shore
And keep in mind that Ontario Beach Park hosts the Concerts By The Shore Series each Wednesday night throughout the season. The free series is sponsored by Wegmans, the Ontario Beach Concerts Committee, the City of Rochester, and Monroe County. Concerts start at 7 PM and wrap by 9 PM – except the RPO’s performance on July 5th which starts at 7:30 PM. There’s a great eclectic mix of music throughout the season. June 21st will feature Lyin’ Eyes doing the harmonies of the super-group Eagles, followed by the Irish music of The Dady Brothers on June 28th, and other genres and cultural flavors including Jazz, German, Big Band, Dance, Rock, Big Party, Dance, and Pop.
Music, history, landscaping marvels, and gorgeous natural sights: find the Genesee Riverway Trail this summer and follow it to fun! If you’d like to live along the trail or anywhere else, contact me today!