Flower City Feeling Good Series -- Outdoor Wellness Activities

Get Moving with Flower City Feeling Good 

The annual Flower City Feeling 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 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!  

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 Tuesday Night Guided Bicycle Tours   

 Tuesdays, June 7-August 30, 6 p.m. 

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. Helmets required for bike rides. Cancellations due to weather will be made at start time at the site of the ride.

For more information, call 428-8820.

 June 7, High Falls Neighborhood. Meet at the Pont de Rennes Bridge, behind the Centers at High Falls. Travel along the Genesee Riverway Trail and by road into the community. Ride through downtown Rochester, Genesee Valley Park, the Corn Hill neighborhood and Susan B. Anthony neighborhood which contains the Frederick Douglass Resource Center site. A 10-mile ride on flat terrain, city roads, and paved trails. This ride is offered again during River Romance Weekend in October.

 June 14, Genesee Valley Park Neighborhood. Meet at the Genesee Valley Park pool parking lot, 131 Elmwood Avenue. Bike on the Erie CanalGenesee Riverway Trail, Lehigh Valley North, and Genesee Valley Greenway Trails. A 12.5-mile ride on flat terrain, paved and unpaved trails. 

 June 21, South Wedge Neighborhood. Meet at the Genesee Valley Park pool parking lot, 131 Elmwood Ave. 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 trails and city roads.

July 5, Seneca and Turning Point Parks. Meet at the Seneca Park Zoo parking lot. 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 trails with a few moderate hills. This ride is offered again during River Romance Weekend in October.

 July 19, University Ave. Neighborhood of the Arts. Begin at the Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. Ride along University Ave. to view sidewalk art and enjoy the George Eastman House gardens. A 10-mile ride on flat terrain and city roads. 

July 26, Park Avenue Neighborhood. Meet at  the University Ave. Business Center, 1044 University Ave. Ride along East Ave. to view the beautiful mansions, then through the Cobb's Hill neighborhood. A 10-mile ride on city roads. 

 August 9, Charlotte Neighborhood and Lake Ontario State Parkway Trail. Meet at the Abbott’s Charlotte parking lot by Estes St. Great views of Lake Ontario and the ponds along Edgemere Dr. 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 16, Corn Hill Neighborhood. Meet at the Genesee Valley Park pool parking lot, 131 Elmwood Ave. Bike on the Genesee Riverway Trail and explore the Corn Hill neighborhood to view the many historic and stately homes. A 10-mile ride on paved trails and city roads.

August 23, Maplewood Neighborhood. Meet at the Rose Garden parking lot, at the corner of Lake & Driving Park Aves. 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 El Camino Trail and over the Rochester Gas & Electric Middle Falls Dam Trail Bridge. A 9-mile ride on paved trails and city roads with a few moderate hills.

August 30, Erie Canal Genesee Valley Park to Brighton Town Park. Meet at the Genesee Valley Park pool parking lot, 131 Elmwood Ave.map Bike on the Genesee Riverway Trail and the Erie Canal Trail east to Brighton Town Park. View the University of Rochester Campus, Empire State College Campus and Genesee Valley Park. An 8.5-mile ride on paved trails.


 Wednesday Group Exercise

The City of Rochester boasts an array of beautiful parks and green spaces. This summer, the Rochester has partnered with the YMCA to offer family friendly exercise programs in beautiful park setting. All classes are FREE. Sessions start at 6 p.m. Please arrive 5- 10 minutes early to get situated.

Boot Camp. June 1. Maplewood Rose Garden 

Zumba. June 15. Cobb's Hill Park 

Yoga. June 29. Genesee Valley Park. 

Zumba. July 6. Maplewood Rose Garden 

Yoga. July 20. Cobb's Hill Park 

Boot Camp. August 3. Genesee Valley Park 

Yoga. August 17. Maplewood Rose Garden 


 Thursday Night History and Nature Hikes

  June 2-August 25, 6 p.m.

These Thursday Evening Walks highlight the historical and natural wonders of the City of Rochester. Walks last approximately 90 minutes. Wear comfortable footwear.

  June 2, Washington Grove. Meet at the top of Reservoir Rd. off Highland Ave. by the pines. Learn about Washington Grove’s old growth forest, its underlying geology, and the restoration projects underway to preserve its majestic appearance.

June 9, Corn Hill. Meet at the Water Spirit Sculpture. Explore the early days of the Corn Hill Arts Festival and the rejuvenation of the Old Third Ward.

June 16, Trees in Your Neighborhood: Corn Hill. Meet at Lundsford Circle Park.

  June 23, Downtown Heritage Trail. Meet on the north terrace outside the Central Library’s Rundel Memorial Building, on the corner of Broad St. and South Ave. Explore the Rochester Heritage Trail, from the Genesee River west to the Susan B. Anthony Historic District.

 June 30, Trees in Your Neighborhood: Genesee Valley Park. meet in the parking lot of the Genesee Valley Sports Complex.

 July  7,The Rochester Aqueduct.  Meet on the steps of the Rundel Public Library building, 115 South Ave. Learn about the aqueduct, the Genesee River in the Downtown area and visit the site of Ebenezer Allan’s 1789 mill.

July 14, Trees in Your Neighborhood: Park/ Oxford Area. Meet at Park Avenue Green, corner of Park Ave. and Barrington St.

  July 21, Mount Hope Cemetery. Meet at the Cemetery Office at the North Entrance, opposite Robinson Drive.

  July 28, Washington Grove.  Meet at the top of Reservoir Rd. off Highland Ave. by the pines. Learn how invasive plants, insects and climate change may impact our area forests and how the City and Friends of Washington Grove are working to protect and preserve the unique landscape of the grove.

August 4, El Camino Trail. Meet at the corner of Clifford Ave. and Conkey Ave. for a hike to the Seneca Park Zoo and back. This urban trail, initiated by the Genesee Land Trust, follows the former railroad bed through residential and commercial districts.

August 11, Trees in Your Neighborhood: Maplewood Area. Meet at the corner of Park View Street and Seneca Parkway.

  August 18, Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood. Meet at the Prosper Rochester storefront at 540 W. Main Street.

  August 25, Lower and Middle Falls. Meet in upper Maplewood Park near the Rose Garden.


 Activities on the Water

Adult Rowing Classes at the Genesee Waterways Center (GWC). Monday-Saturday, Beginning April 18. Headquartered at 149 Elmwood Ave., in Genesee Valley Park, the Genesee Waterways Center is the gateway to outdoor activities on or near the water in Western New York. GWC is a not-for-profit organization that promotes paddling, rowing and sculling, and related outdoor activities. The Center offers top-notch instructors and growing facilities, extensive rental equipment for canoeing and kayaking, and more. Programs are open to anyone 18 and over. On–the-water sweep and sculling programs for beginners, recreational, intermediate and competitive athletes are held throughout the spring, summer and fall. Join the hundreds of people who row with Genesee Waterways Center. For more information, visit www.geneseewaterways.org.

Kayak and canoe rentals open for the season at the Genesee Waterways Center. Memorial Day Weekend. For more information, visit www.geneseewaterways.org.

Free -Annual National Learn to Row Day. Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Adults and kids ages 14 and older are invited to come out and experience the joy of rowing, at the Pittsford Indoor Rowing Center, 2780 Clover St. and the Genesee Waterways Center, 149 Elmwood Ave. Brought to you by the Genesee Waterways Center and sponsored by USRowing and Concept2. For more information, visit www.geneseewaterways.org.

Youth Whitewater Kayaking Clinics. Monday-Friday, beginning June 27. 
The Genesee Waterways Center Lock 32 Whitewater Park, 2797 Clover St. Summer clinics teach kids and teens to excel in one of the fastest growing water sports in the country. For more information, visit www.geneseewaterways.org.

The 16th Annual Armond Bassett Canoe and Kayak Race. Saturday, July 9. New York Marathon Canoe Racing, Inc. is an association of canoe racers, and race organizers that exists to improve and increase the activity of marathon canoe & kayak racing. Open to the public. Register at www.geneseewaterways.org

The 20th Annual Rochester River Challenge. Saturday, September 19. Genesee Waterways Center, 149 Elmwood Ave. 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 nonprofit organization, Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana, which specializes in providing outrigger canoeing opportunities for individuals of all abilities. For more information or to register visit www.adaptivecanoeing.org.

The Head of the Genesee Regatta. October 8-9. This two-day event offers rowing and sculling races for scholastic, collegiate, Masters and corporate crews. The regatta coincides with the City of Rochester’s River Romance Weekend. Spectators welcomed. For more information, visit www.geneseewaterways.org

Rochester River Romance: Celebrating our Love Affair with the Genesee River. Friday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Oct. 9. 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.


 Wednesdays on the Water

Kayaking And Canoeing with Genesee Water Center. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., beginning June 8. The Genesee Waterways Center (GWC) is the City of Rochester's partner for adult and youth programing in so many things related to our area's beautiful water resources. This summer, The City of Rochester has teamed up with GWC to offer canoeing and kayaking events on Wednesdays through out the summer. Bring your family and friend out to experience paddling on the beautiful Genesee River. For more information visit: www.GeneseeWaterways.org 


 Run the Roc

Fast and Furriest 10K Race and Mile Walk. Saturday, June 4. For information, call (585) 428-5990 or visit:  www.vsas.org 

Annual Northeast Family Fitness 5K Walk @ El Camino. Saturday, June 4. For information visit:  www.geneseelandtrust.org/events-activities.aspx 

Annual Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk. Saturday, June 4. For information visit: www.sclerodermatristae.org 

Medved 5K Cure ALS. Sunday, June 19. For information, call (585) 248-3420 or visit:  www.medvedrunwalk.com 

Rochester Twilight Criterium. Saturday, Aug. 13. For information, call (585) 546-4030 or visit:   www.rochestercrit.com 

Rochester Triathlon. Saturday, Aug. 27. For information, call (585) 255-0029 or visit:  www.rochestertriathletes.com 

  AIDS Red Ribbon 5- Day Ride. Wednesday, Aug. 17-21. For information visit : www.aidsredribbonride.org  

  ALS Walk. Saturday, Sept.17. For information: Call (315) 413-0121

  MVP Rochester Marathon. Sunday, Sept. 18. For information visit: www.rochestermarathon.com 

  Walk to End Alzheimers. Saturday, Sept 24. For information, call (585) 760-5472 or visit:  www.alz.org/rochesterny 

George Eastman Photo Finish 5K. Saturday, Oct. 1. For information, call (585) 271-3361 or visit:  www.photofinish5k.eastmanhouse.org 

Kidney Walk. Saturday, Oct. 1. For information, call (585) 697-0874 ext. 30 or visit: www.kidneywalk.org 

  Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Sunday, Oct. 16. For information, call (585) 288-1950 or visit: www.cancer.org 

Pumpkins in the Park5K & Kids Race. Saturday, Oct. 29. Pre-register at: www.yellowjacketracing.com 

East Avenue Grocery Run. Saturday, Nov. 5. For information, call (585) 461-1635 or visit: www.groceryrun.org