Erie Harbor Enhancements - Phase II

About the 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, and is highly visible from major arterials. 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, 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. 

This project is 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 

Additional Information  


Design of the project began in July 2017 and will conclude in summer 2018. Construction of improvements is presently unfunded but the City is continually seeking funds to implement the design recommendations.

Public Participation

Public Meeting #1
The project team hosted a Public Meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The presentation, concept plan display boards and summary of public input can be downloaded below.  

Concept Plan Option Review and Survey 

To facilitate additional public input, and to accommodate those that are unable to attend the public meeting, the City also conducted a simple survey asking questions about the three concept plans.


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