Flower City Feeling Good Series -- Outdoor Wellness Activities

Get Moving with Flower City Feeling Good 2017

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!  
 

Tuesday Night Guided Bicycle Tours


Tuesdays, June 6 through August 22, 2017
Explore the City’s natural and built environments- rides will highlight neighborhoods, City landmarks, natural wonders and the rich history of our great city.  Cancellations due to weather will be made at start time on the site of the ride.  All rides start promptly at 6 p.m., please be ready to ride on time. Helmets are required. For more information call: 585-428-8820.

High Falls Neighborhood: June 6.
Meet at the Pont de Rennes Bridge, at the Centers at High Falls. Travel along the Genesee Riverway Trail and by road into the community. Ride through downtown Rochester, Genesee Valley Park, Corn Hill neighborhood and the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood which contains the Frederick Douglass Museum site. A 10 miles ride on flat terrain, city roads and paved trail. This ride is repeated during the River Romance Weekend, October 2017. 

Genesee Valley Park Neighborhood: June 13.
Meet at the Genesee Valley Park pool parking lot, 131 Elmwood Ave. Bike on the Erie Canal, Genesee Riverway, Lehigh Valley North and Genesee Valley Greenway Trails. A 12.5 miles ride on flat terrain, paved and unpaved trails.  

South Wedge Neighborhood: June 20.
Meet at the Genesee Valley Park pool parking lot, 131 Elmwood Ave. Bike on the Genesee Riverway Trial and in the bicycle lane on South Ave in the South Wedge, a neighborhood which is enjoying a rebirth with new housing and businesses. An 11 miles ride on paved trail and City roads.

Durand Eastman and Seabreeze: June 27.
Meet at the Summerville Genesee River parking lot at the end of St. Paul Blvd. Enjoy the beauty of Durand Eastman Beach. Durand Eastman Park, and the Seabreeze Neigborhood. A 10.5 mile ride which includes paved roads, trails and one hill climb.

Seneca and Turning Point Parks: July 11.
Meet at 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’Rouke Bridge. A 12 miles ride on a paved trail with a few moderate hills. This ride is repeated during the River Romance Weekend, October 2017. 

University Ave. Neighborhood of the Arts: July 18.
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 miles ride on flat terrain, city roads.                                     
 
Park Avenue Neighborhood: July 25.
Meet at the University Ave. Business Center, 1044 University Avenue. Ride along East Ave. to view the beautiful mansions along East Ave. and Brighton Cobbs Hill Neighborhood. A 10 miles ride on City roads 

Charlotte Neighborhood and Lake Ontario State Parkway Trail: August 1.
Meet at the Abbott’s Charlotte parking lot by Estes St. 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 beach front ‘secret sidewalk’ by beautiful lakeside homes. A 13.6 miles ride on paved trails and roads.

Corn Hill Neighborhood: August 8.
Meet at the Genesee Valley Park pool parking lot, 131 Elmwood Ave. Bike on the Genesee Riverway Trial and explore the Corn Hill neighborhood to view the many historic and stately homes. A 10 miles ride on paved trail and City roads.

Maplewood Neighborhood: August 15.
Meet at the Rose Garden parking lot, Lake Ave. & Driving Park Ave. Ride on the Genesee Riverway Trail through Seneca Park. See the stately homes on Seneca Parkway. Close up views of the Lower Falls and the Genesee River Gorge. Ride the El Camino Trail and the Rochester Gas & Electric Middle Falls Dam Trail Bridge. A 9 miles ride on a paved trail and city roads with a few moderate hills.

Erie Canal Genesee Valley Park to Brighton Town Park: August 22.
Meet at the Genesee Valley Park pool parking lot 131 Elmwood Ave. 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 miles ride on paved trails.  

Wednesday Night Exercise in the Park

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

Class Descriptions:  

Yoga:  A relaxing program that offers slow stretching and strengthening of the body to improve posture and focus on the mind.

Zumba:
A combination of dance and fitness movements to Latin and international music.  

Body360:
Through a non-aerobic exercise, participants work toward developing muscle fitness.

Yoga:
July 12, 6 p.m.
Maplewood Rose Garden. Meet in the Rose Garden parking lot at Lake Avenue and Driving Park Avenue.

Zumba:
July 19, 6 p.m.
Cobb’s Hill Park. Meet at the Lake Riley Lodge Parking lot off of Norris Drive.

Body 360:
July 26, 6 p.m.  
Genesee Valley Park.  Meet at the Genesee Valley Sports Complex off of Elmwood Avenue.

Yoga:
August 2, 6 p.m.
Cobb’s Hill Park.  Meet at the Lake Riley Lodge Parking lot off of Norris Drive.

Zumba:
August 9, 6 p.m.
Maplewood Rose Garden. Meet in the Rose Garden parking lot at Lake Avenue and Driving Park Avenue.

Body 360:
August 16, 6 p.m.
Genesee Valley Park.  Meet at the Genesee Valley Sports Complex off of Elmwood Avenue.

Thursday Night History and Nature Hikes

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

Mt. Hope Cemetery. June 8, 7 p.m.
Meet at the Cemetery Office at North Gatehouse Entrance, opposite Robinson Drive (791 Mt. Hope Avenue).  Join docents from Friends of Mt. Hope to explore the oldest municipally maintained Victorian cemetery in the United States- including stops at many grave sites of prominent Rochesterians.  Please be prepared for hilly terrain. 

Corn Hill. June 15, 6 p.m.
Meet at Ralph Avery Mall at the intersection of Frederick Douglas and Adams Street.  Join Historian Jim DeVinney on a tour highlighting the history of how the Corn Hill Arts Festival and its supporters saved a historic Rochester neighborhood. Explore historic Corn Hill and go inside a historic home that narrowly escaped the wrecking crew!

Highland Park. June 22, 6 p.m.
Meet outside of the Highland Park Conservatory. Join former City of Rochester Landscape Architect Joann Beck on Frederick Law Olmsted inspired tour of Highland Park. 

Washington Grove. June 29, 6 p.m.
Meet at the kiosk atop Cobbs Hill Reservoir in the open field behind the pine grove (take Reservoir Road off of Highland Ave.). Join Naturalist Peter Debes on an exploration of Washington Grove- an old growth forest in the City! Learn about 250 year old trees, and the birds and animals that inhabit this urban gem.      

Eastman Business Park. July 13, 6 p.m.
Meet in the lobby of the Kodak Center, 200 West Ridge Road, Rochester, NY (formerly Theater on the Ridge).  Join Eastman Business Park Vice President Tim Palmer for a walking tour of the Kodak Center, including the famous theater, the gymnasium and the ‘lost pool’.  Walk through the historic East End of the Park where George Eastman started Kodak Works. Visit the business Headquarters of the Park in Building 26 and Eastman’s Memorial. 

Rochesterville, July 20, 6 p.m.
Meet on the steps of the Rundel Public Library building on South Avenue.  Join local historian Hal Schuler on an exploration of the site of the former village of Rochsterville; stops will include the site of Ebenezer Allen's mills and the original100 acres purchased by Nathaniel Rochester in 1803.

Washington Grove, July 27, 6 p.m.
Meet at the kiosk atop Cobbs Hill Reservoir in the open field behind the pine grove (take the reservoir road off of Highland Ave.) Join members of the Friends of Washington Grove to walk through the canopy of 250 year old Oak trees and find out about Washington Grove’s natural and cultural history, its many changes and what the future may hold.

Port of Rochester and the Secret Sidewalk, August 3, 6 p.m.
Meet at the Port of Rochester Terminal. Join local historian and naturalist Mike Parker to explore the splendor of the “Coney Island of Western NY," including stories of Ontario Beach Park’s history, unique architecture and
famous residents. 

Lower Falls Gorge Tour, August 10, 6 p.m.
Meet at the Maplewood Rose Garden parking lot (at the corner of Lake and Driving Park) Join Gorge Guide tour leader Ken Knapp on a tour of both the upper and lower falls, and learn about the history of the forgotten sites of
Carthage and McCrackenville.    

Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood, August 24, 6 p.m. 
Meet at the Prosper Rochester storefront at 540 W. Main Street.  Join interns from the Prosper Rochester youth program to explore the historic Susan B. Anthony neighborhood.

Activities on the Water

Weekly, beginning April 17:
Adult rowing classes begin “on the water” at Genesee Waterways Center (GWC) in Genesee Valley Park.  Programs are open to anyone 18 and over. Beginner, recreational, intermediate and competitive rowing programs are
held throughout the spring, summer and fall.  Join the many happy people rowing with GWC! www.GeneseeWaterways.org 

Daily, beginning May 25th: 
Daily kayak and canoe rentals open for the season Memorial Day weekend at the Genesee Waterways Center, 149 Elmwood Ave, (in Genesee Valley Park, past the ice rink/swimming pool complex).  Visit www.GeneseeWaterways.org for schedule.

ALL Spring/Summer: 
Take up to 40 people on field trips for school outings, scouting/youth groups and company events. Build lifetime memories and treat your group to a few hours of kayaking and canoeing from GWC on the Genesee River, Erie Canal and Red Creek! Many dates are still open. Contact GWC for scheduling and rate information.

Saturday, June 3: 
Learn to Row Day events at the Genesee Waterways Center from 10:00am - 4:00pm. Give rowing a try! Adults and youth ages 12 and older are invited. Come out and experience this great sport.  For pre-registration and more information, visit www.GeneseeWaterways.org 

Monday-Friday, Beginning June 26:
Try the thrilling sport of whitewater kayaking! Youth and adult Whitewater Kayak Clinics happen at Lock 32 (2797 Clover Street) in Pittsford. Genesee Waterways Center's exceptional coaches and controlled facility teaches teens
and adults to excel at this exciting sport. The unique venue offers controllable water levels for more than 100 days a year. Information is available at www.GeneseeWaterways.org 

Saturday, July 8: 
The 17th annual Armond Bassett Canoe and Kayak Race. New competitors and spectators are welcome! Visit www.GeneseeWaterways.org 

Saturday, August 19: 
Watch the competitions of the 13th Lockapalooza Whitewater Kayak Race, held at GWC’s Lock 32 Whitewater Park at 2797 Clover Street, Pittsford, NY 14534. Events include whitewater slalom, boatercross, a playboating rodeo and
various skills competitions.  This is the largest whitewater kayaking competition in Central New York!  New competitors and spectators are welcome! Visit www.GeneseeWaterways.org 

Saturday, September 16: 
The 21st annual Rochester River Challenge of racing at the Genesee Waterways Center. This full-day affair attracts paddlers of all abilities to compete in  400-meter outrigger canoe sprint race. You can joint in!  Contact the event organizers by June to team up with family,friends, or co-workers to practice and then compete in a race! The race is run by Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana, a local non-profit organization. It is also a Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports and inclusive community event.  For more information, instruction and to Register, visit www.AdaptiveCanoeing.org 

Saturday/Sunday, October 7-8:
You areinvited to watch the Head of the Genesee regatta, a rowing competition for high school collegiate, corporate and Masters athletes. Consider getting a team  together by July and train to race in the Corporate challenge event! visit www.GeneseeWaterways.org for information. 

Wednesdays on the Water

Kayaking And Canoeing with Genesee Water Center.The Genesee Waterways Center (GWC) is the City of Rochester’s partner for adult and youth programming in many things related to our area’s beautiful water resources. This summer, the City of Rochester has teamed up with GWC to offer discounted canoeing and kayaking opportunities on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Bring your family and friends to experience an afternoon/evening of paddling on the beautiful Genesee River, Erie Canal and on Red Creek.
 
Every Second and Fourth Wednesday of the month. June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9, and August 23.
11:00am - 7:00pm.  Last boats launch at 5 p.m. Cost: $15 per person for two hours of rowing. For more information visit: www.GeneseeWaterways.org 
 

Special History Tours

Because of Women Like Her: Winning the Vote in New York State.
Harold Hacker Hall, 1st floor, Rundel Memorial Building,
115 South Avenue.                                                                                                                                         

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State, and Rochester stands at the center of this historic moment. To commemorate this history and to examine the role that local women played in the fight for equality, the Central Library is hosting an exhibition featuring unique historical artifacts from throughout our community. Join us for a tour of this remarkable display to learn more!
 Tour Dates:  
Wednesday, June 21, 6-7pm
Monday, July 10, 6-7pm
Wednesday, August 2, 6-7 pm
Monday, August 21, 6-7 pm

 A Walking Tour of Rochester Uprisings of 1964 and 1967
July 15 11am-1pm
Join us for a walking tour of the old Seventh Ward, the community most impacted by the Rochester Uprisings of 1964 and 1967. Fifty years later, the Old Seventh Ward is but a shadow of its past.  Walk the block and hear the stories and remnants of community that dates back to the late 1800s and witness it’s historical transformation first hand.  Join Verdis Robinson, National Director of The Democracy Commitment and native Rochesterians has he reveals the history behind the uprisings and calls to action for the revitalization of the community in which he was born and raised.  Email robinsonv@aascu.orgto RVSP by July 8th.