Genesee Gateway Park (Erie Harbor Enhancements - Phase II)

The ROC the Riverway initiative will consolidate more than two dozen transformative projects along the Genesee River under a single concept to achieve synergy and leverage the value of Rochester’s riverfront.  Revitalizing the Genesee River corridor will help fuel our local economy. RTR will serve as a major asset in attracting new jobs and solidifying our identity as a vibrant waterfront community.   

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Warren announced the launch of ROC the Riverway in August 2018 with a $50 million initial State investment.  Genesee Gateway Park was one of the 13 transformative projects along the Genesee River to receive Phase I funding. 

Additional information about the ROC the Riverway initiative can be found at https://www.cityofrochester.gov/ROCtheriverway/

This project is also funded in part by a grant through the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund 

 

About the Genesee Gateway Park Project  

 

The City of Rochester is preparing the design of enhancements of Genesee Gateway Park and the Genesee Riverway Trail along the Genesee River. The project will be the culmination of a coordinated City/State/Private initiative to revitalize the east side of the Genesee River between I-490 and Ford St. which resulted in the rehabilitation of the East River Wall (1999), the redevelopment of the Erie Harbor Apartments (2010) and Phase I of the Erie Harbor Enhancements Project (2014). It will include the rehabilitation of Genesee Gateway Park and that part of the Genesee Riverway Trail within the project area, which was disturbed by site remediation and/or adjacent construction or has deteriorated over time. 

The project area serves one of the busiest part of the Genesee Riverway Trail, connecting Downtown Rochester and the University of Rochester. The outcome of the project will be construction of park improvements to enhance the scenic quality of the waterfront and better serve the increasing demand for access and use of the area. The project will include design of park landscape improvements, including walkways, walls, landform, plantings, furnishings, wayfinding signage, recreational amenities, hand-carried boat launch assess to the river, and trail and river railing rehabilitation. 

In light of the intensive and increasing use of the Genesee Riverway Trail, the exceptional scenic quality of the waterfront, the success of the new mixed income housing and associated streetscape and landscape improvements from phase one of the project, the condition of the parkland has become a blighting influence. Redesign of the function and character of the site is needed to complete the major revitalization effort of the area, meet the current needs of neighborhood and city-wide users, and serve as a scenic asset, consistent with its setting on the waterfront. 

 

Additional Information      

Schedule  

Design of the project is ongoing and is anticipated for completion in fall 2020.  Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2021 with substantial completion in fall 2021.

Public Participation  

Public Outreach & Surveys

In addition to Public Meetings the design team has captured public input through pop-up meetings and web surveys.  Summaries of this input is provided below:

 

Public Meeting #1

The project team hosted a Public Meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The presentation and concept plan display boards can be downloaded below.  

Public Meeting #2

 

A second Public Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Apartments – First Floor Community Room.  Information related to the meeting can be downloaded below.  The presentation, display boards and minutes will be posted after the meeting.  
A final public meeting is anticipated for spring 2020 to present the final master plan and intended construction improvements.
 

Questions?

If you have questions or comments concerning the project, contact the City’s project manager, Jeffery J. Mroczek, R.L.A., Senior Landscape Architect, Department of Environmental Services - Development Division, at (585) 428-7124 or email him