Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lodge

 Covid rules

COVID Guidelines:  

Permitted activities must follow all CDC and New York State recommended health guidelines regarding COVID-19.  Applicant is obligated to review and adhere to the Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Orders, including Department of Health guidance, comply with In-Person and Catered Events guidelines, respecting attendance limitations on indoor and outdoor gatherings, permitted hours of operation, social distancing requirements, face covering requirements, and attendees’ mandatory proof of negative COVID-19 test results (within 48 hours of the event) or appropriate vaccination(s) (at least 2 weeks prior to the event). Failure to strictly adhere to applicable Governor’s Executive Orders will result in immediate termination of the Permit without prior notice.  The City also reserves the right to cancel any permit for any reason whatsoever due to COVID-19 health concerns, and shall have no liability to permittee for payment of fees or any costs incurred by permittee, related to such cancellation.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding rental facilities, please contact the Department of Recreation and Human Services Permit Office at 585-428-6755 or email  facilitypermits@cityofrochester.gov      

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 ADDITIONAL PERMIT CHARGES FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS

 The permittee is responsible for adhering to the facility use policies and procedures provided during the permit application process.  The City reserves the right to issue additional charges to the permittee if found to be in violation of any of the following general conditions:

  • Any damage done to the facility – charges to the permittee will be based on assessed value of damages/damaged item(s) and the cost of repair/replacement.

  • Failure to leave the facility in a clean and orderly condition - resulting in a minimum additional charge of $150 to the permittee.  The City reserves the right to charge additional fees depending on the time and effort necessary to return the venue to its original condition. 

  • Failure of the permittee and guests to vacate the facility by the permit end time – resulting in a minimum additional charge of $200 to the permittee.  The City reserves the right to charge additional fees beyond the minimum charge at a rate of $50 for every additional 15 minutes the permittee and guests refuse to vacate the venue.

  If any of the aforementioned violations occur during your permitted activity, as identified by City Security and the security checklist, charges will be immediately deducted from your credit card.  Failure to pay these charges will result in the permittee losing the privilege to permit any City of Rochester facility in the future. 

 Location: 
353 Court Street

Located in the East End District of downtown Rochester and adjacent to the Strong Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park (formally Manhattan Square Park) is a popular gathering place. After renovations were completed in 2008, the year-round park has been the busy home to a wide range of visitors from families from throughout the region to downtown workers on their lunch breaks.

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 Amenities: 

  • Kitchen: Oven/Stove (for warming only) and Sink 
  •  Refrigerator and Freezer 
  • Electricity
  • Restrooms
  • Heat and A/C
  • Telephone(for emergencies only)

 Occupancy:

  • Maximum occupancy is 300 

 Table and Chairs:

  • 25 banquet tables (rectangular)
  • 25 six-foot round tables
  • 20 cocktail tables 
  • 250 chairs

  Availability/Fees: 

  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. - $650.00 (Before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m. is an additional $150 cost per hour)
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - $350.00 
  • 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - $350.00
  • Holidays: $100 (additional) per day

 *All fees are subject to an additional non-refundable $20.00 application fee for walk in reservations or 2.75% convenience fee for online booking. 

 Permit Modification/Cancellation Policy 

In order to modify a permit the permittee will be required to fill out a "Permit Modification/Cancellation Request" form and submit it to the Permit's Office (57 St. Paul Street) at least ten (10) business days in advance of the event date for all changes.  All modifications have a $10 modification fee.  

To cancel a permit a "Permit Modification/Cancellation Request" form has to be completed and submitted to the Permit's Office (57 St. Paul Street) Cancellations must be submitted at least thirty (30) business days in advance of the event date for all cancellations or application withdrawals. Cancellations have a $20 cancellation fee in addition to the $20 non-refundable application fee.  Cancellation refunds is as follows:

  • All cancellations submitted thirty (30) business days in advance will be refunded 100% (minus the application and cancellation fee) no exceptions
  • All cancellations submitted under the thirty (30) business days will be refunded 50%
  • All cancellations submitted under ten (10) business days in advance will not be refunded.

 Click here to download the Permit Modification/Cancellation request form.