News Release- Mayor Evans Celebrates Progress on ROC the Riverway Initiatives

City of Rochester

News Release

Mayor Malik D. Evans Celebrates Progress on ROC the Riverway Initiatives

Dual Ribbon Cutting and Groundbreaking Ceremony Takes Place

(Thursday, May 11, 2023) – Mayor Malik D. Evans hosted a ribbon cutting for the newly improved Brewery Line Trail and a groundbreaking for the Pont de Rennes and Browns Race rehabilitation projects in one ceremony as both are part of the ROC the Riverway Initiative and highlight the High Falls area. 

The Mayor was joined for the ceremonies by City leaders, State economic development and Genesee Brewery representatives, Rochester's Sister City Rennes, France delegation members, and the construction and engineering firms that have either completed or are about to begin work to transform these spaces. 

"These ROC the Riverway projects are evidence of Rochester fully embracing the natural wonder of the Genesee River, the State's commitment to helping reimagine our downtown's access to the natural beauty that we have in abundance, and years of hard work by City staff to put residents dreams into actionable plans," said Mayor Malik D. Evans. "We would not be celebrating these achievements without Governor Hochul's continued support; her dedication to Rochester has been unwavering since she took office."

The Brewery Line Trail project made enhancements to High Falls Terrace Park and the trailway along the Genesee River. Park improvements were made to highlight the waterfront's scenic quality and the dramatic views of High Falls.

The Pont de Rennes and Browns Race rehabilitation projects will begin next month. They will include structural work on the bridge and create a more dynamic public space. Similarly, improvements to Browns Race will be centered on making the area more pedestrian and business-friendly while keeping the site's historical integrity intact. 

For more information about the ROC the Riverway projects, go to