Turning Point Trailhead Improvements


About the Project


This project will improve the existing Turning Point trailhead and parking lot.

The Turning Point Park Trail, part of the Genesee Riverway Trail, features a half mile boardwalk bridge over the turning point basin in the Genesee River.  Since the addition of the boardwalk, the 275 acre nature park has seen a dramatic increase in popularity. 

Porous concrete sidewalks will be added to Boxart Street to connect the neighborhood to the park providing accessible pedestrian access to the trail head.  The new trailhead will include a new gate at the end of Boxart Street, benches, sitting stones, and improvements to the scenic overlook.
The existing asphalt parking lot built in 1977 will be expanded from 30 to 48 spaces, including new accessible parking spaces, and bike racks.

The new parking lot will incorporate varieties of porous pavements, additional rain gardens, structural soils and other green initiatives that have not been used in the city. The porous parking lot, rain gardens, and bioretention area will act as a buffer protecting the gorge and woodlands, as well as water quality of the runoff into the river. 

This would make the Turning Point trailhead a singular example of the latest green initiatives in the City of Rochester. Visitors will be able to see a variety of green street technologies in use and compare and contrast the different details.

Informational signs will provide visitors with information to learn how green streets can be built and how to incorporate some of these ideas in their own homes and other municipalities.

Project Schedule

The project will be constructed in July through Oct. 2014.

Community Participation

  • A public meeting was be held July 15, 2014 to present the construction schedule and implementation details
  • A public meeting was held Jan. 31, 2013 to present the project design  


For more information about the project, please contact City Project Manager Mr. Robin Schutte at 428-6959 or email him.