News Release - Councilmembers Haag and Spaull, Commissioner Holahan Join ABC Streets Neighbors to Rededicate Morrison Park

City of Rochester
News Release

(Friday, July 13, 2012) – City Councilmembers Matt Haag and Elaine Spaull and Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Paul Holahan joined members of the ABC Streets Neighborhood Association today to rededicate Morrison Park at the corner of Culver Road and Harvard Street today.

“I am honored to represent Mayor Richards at this rededication ceremony and celebrate the community pride demonstrated by the ABC Streets Neighborhood with the beautiful renovation of this park,” said Commissioner Holahan. “Morrison Park has certainly been developed into a truly beautiful pocket park. But it is more than that. It is a testament to the vitality of this neighborhood, and we are fortunate to have such committed citizens as community partners in Rochester.”

Morrison Park is a triangular-shaped pocket park located within a traffic median at the corner of Culver Road and Harvard Street. It has been classified as a City park since 1926 and was originally dedicated by Mayor Thomas Ryan in 1975.

In 2010, a group of ABC Streets Neighborhood residents led by Jim Hondorf decided that the design and appearance of the park was in need of an upgrade and began gathering the resources for a complete renovation.

These resources included more than $2,000 raised by members of the ABC Streets Neighborhood; a $1,500 cash capital grant by the City Department of Recreation and Youth Services; new curbing and water service provided by the City Department of Environmental Services; the donation of a landscape design by Zaretsky and Associates; the donation of mulch and landscaping services by High Falls Tree Services; and a $1,500 grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation for a new neighborhood sign installed in the park.

Also, more than 50 residents of the ABC Neighborhood, including Councilmember Haag, have participated in the planting of the park greenery and remain involved in the ongoing maintenance of the park.


News Media: For more information, contact Paul Holahan at 428-6855.