ROC the Riverway is an exciting new initiative in Rochester, NY to expand the use of the Genesee River and better leverage the value of Rochester’s riverfront.

This project consists of more than two dozen projects, including the completion of the Genesee Riverway Trail along the riverfront through the Center City, and a redesign of Charles Carroll Plaza and Genesee Crossroads Park. The plan also envisions significant upgrades to major riverfront facilities, including the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial; the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center; and the Rundel Memorial Library building.

We're excited to share the completed projects so far, and what is soon to come in development on the Genesee River!

The Vision

  • To use a $500M investment to create a $2.8B economic impact with:
    • Park improvements
    • New parks / public spaces
    • Trail upgrades
    • New trail connections
    • Infrastructure improvements
    • Public facility upgrades
    • Private development sites

Completed Projects

  • Promenade at Erie Harbor

Promenade at Erie Harbor near Dinosaur Barbecue in Rochester, NY

  • Riverside Convention Center North Terrace

Completed Riverside Convention Center North Terrace

  • ROC City Skate Park

Completed Skate Park in Rochester, NY

Coming Soon

  • Aqueduct Re-imagined & Riverfront Promenades

The downtown Rochester aqueduct reimagined as a walkway and green space

  • Charles Carroll Plaza Phase 1: Sister Cities Bridge

Sister Cities Bridge Sketch planned for downtown Rochester

  • Corn Hill Navigation Tour Boat

Concept drawing of Corn Hill neighborhood Tour Boat planned for Rochester, NY

  • High Falls Waterworks Building & Gorge Vertical Access

Drawing of gorge access elevator planned for High Falls State Park

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