Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association (UMNA)

UMNAlogo2The Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association (UMNA) is a not-for-profit advocacy group representing the 3,300 residents and property owners in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood.

The Upper Monroe neighborhood exemplifies the best of the Monroe Urban Village. Residents can easily access the ingredients essential to comfortable city living – retail, restaurants and recreation resources – within walking distance of their homes. Its boundaries are marked at the north by Route 490, south at the city line with the Town of Brighton, east on Culver Road, and west to Field Street.” – City of Rochester | Southeast Neighborhoods – Upper Monroe

We’ll keep you continually informed of happenings on our Community News page.  Sign up to our E-mail List (see side bar) for the latest buzz on UMNA area happenings. And, if you’ve got something to say about the Upper Monroe Neighborhood, say it on Nextdoor Upper Monroe, or Upper Monroe Neighborhood’s Facebook. Also, our neighborhood includes Washington Grove Park, a beautiful Old Growth forest wonderfully maintained.


Show On Monroe |The Big Lunch | Spokes & Ink – June 4th, noon to 6PM

The Big Lunch | Saturday, June 4, 12 – 2 pm

Scavenure Hunt | Big Lunch is one of the events on Monroe Avenue Saturday, June 4. New Life will be serving free lunches and providing musical entertainment.

Show On Monroe

Our 4th Annual Avenue Happening is coming!  Events, activities, promotions, etc. are being posted, but new things can get added almost right up to the day, so keep checking back…  Please note there will be FREE PARKING behind Monroe Square at 259 Monroe Avenue.

Register online for the SCAVENUE HUNT, which has become a Show on Monroe signature event.  Click here to register for the SCAVENUE HUNT or to read more about it.

BUSKER registration is also now open – click here.

Facebook users will find an abundance of posts and pictures, new and historical, on our Facebook page.

Spokes & Ink

Fun for Everyone

Click on image to go to UMNA Gardens

Sprucing up Upper Monroe on Clean Sweep day in Rochester. The neighborhood association supports and maintains five gardens in the neighborhood. [Go to UMNA Gardens] The works is done weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6PM to 7PM. We have had fewer folks volunteering than usual (due to vacations and injuries) this year and are looking for ways to get some more help or change how we are doing “things” to make working with us more attractive. Should we change the meeting/work time? Would it be possible for a group of friends to take over one of the gardens? Other ideas? Anyone interested in joining us or working independently on one of the sites? Any other ideas to keep the gardens looking beautiful? Please feel free to contact me at gojane@frontiernet.net  with any thoughts or suggestions.

 Got neighborhood issues?

banghead Don’t bang your head against the wall trying to find answers. Come to our monthly UMNA meetings. Often police, service center, city officials, and fire department show up to address your issues.

Monthly meeting: 7 PM, Most First Tuesdays at New Life Church – No meetings July and August.

Summer Meals program to provide free healthy breakfasts and lunches to kids has a kick off Next Saturday.  The Meals program starts June 27

Summer meals

On behalf of the Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester, Healthi Kids is excited to announce this year’s upcoming Summer Meals Fest!

As you may have heard, the Summer Meals event is moving to May 14th this year. This year they are inviting all City of Rochester families to join them from 10:00am to 12:30pm at Frontier Field so they will need your help to ensure families know about the event.

They will still have all the same great activities, a summer meals tasting, and this year they have invited youth serving programs to table the event and share information with attendees.

Click here for the 2016 Summer Meals Application

2016 Annual Membership Drive:

Your Membership and dues our vital to our work in the neighborhood.

Yearly membership dues are:

  • $20/household, property owner or business
  • $10/Senior citizen, student or tenant
  • Contributions also welcomed for the Monroe Avenue Beautification Fund where we maintain 7 gardens, and for additional Neighborhood Support.

Checks made payable to UMNA. Mail or deliver to: Jane Alexander, 63 Avondale Park, or deliver to: Chris Stevens, 179 Crosman Terrace. Please include: Your name, address, phone # and email. VISIT US AT: www.UpperMonroeAvenue.org Find Current items of interest, and join our email list to stay current with neighborhood news and event.

Monroe Avenue Survey

The City is conducting a survey about transportation issues along Monroe Avenue. Whether you use a bus, a bike, a car or your own two feet. Whether you live along or visit the Avenue. Whether or not you have issues as you park your car or as others park near your home or business – this survey is for you. Bus issues? Sidewalk issues? Snow removal? Happy as things are?? Let your voice be heard with this 5 minute survey.
Monroe Avenue Parking/Mobility Survey
Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MonroeAve

Consider completing Rochester, NY’s Climate Change Action Plan survey.


This plan will affect how our local government addresses Climate Change. Your input into this process is vital. Critical to addressing Climate Change are our local community governments because they set the rules, enforce the rules, maintain our infrastructures, educate the public on issues vital to our way of life, and prepare the public for clear and present dangers. The City has been working on shoring up its own clean energy and transportation in the first phase of addressing Climate Change and now it’s moving to the second phase. Many local groups have been a part of the process to complete the second phase of the City’s Climate Action Plan where much is being planned to address the local consequences of Climate Change and engage the public on this issue. Climate Change is affecting our lives now and it will increasingly affect our children’s lives. Please take a moment and fill out this survey on the Climate Action Plan to demonstrate to the city that you want this worldwide crisis addressed here in Rochester. This is what democracy looks like.

CLIMATE ACTION PLAN “We want to hear from you!  Take our community-wide Climate Action Plan survey. What is a Climate Action Plan? Climate Action Plans (CAP) are comprehensive roadmaps that outline the community-wide efforts that will be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CAPs build upon the information gathered by greenhouse gas inventories and generally focus on those activities that can achieve the relatively greatest emission reductions in the most cost-effective manner.  CAPs typically focus on quantifying existing and projected community-wide greenhouse gas emissions; establishing greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets; identifying and analyzing future greenhouse gas emissions; identifying specific measures that will achieve the emissions targets; and establishing a mechanism to monitor the plan’s progress. ” City of Rochester, NY

City of Rochester | BoulevArt


The City of Rochester’s BoulevArt program combines neighborhood traffic calming with community building to result in a truly public piece of art. The purpose of the program is to support neighborhoods seeking to organize and create painted murals on their residential streets.

Come to the UMNA’s BoulevART Re-Painting

It’s time to spruce up the pavement!

  • When: Saturday, June 18th or Rain Date June 19th
  • Where: Werner Park at Hinsdale

Help out for a little as an hour or up to the whole day. No Experience Needed. Supervised kids are welcome! Schedule 8:00 AM” Close Street, 9:00 AM: Painting Begins, Mid-afternoon ?? Re-Open Street When the paint dries.

Rochester Pride is coming to Upper Monroe! – July 16, 17

Saturday parade down Park Ave will turn south onto Culver and end at Cobb’s Hill
Thousands of attendees expected. Free parking with shuttles will be available.

Sunday 5k run starts at 8am; should be done by ~11:30
There will be music. Event ends at 9pm Sat and 6pm Sunday.
The event includes a ton of activities. See http://www.gayalliance.org/ for more details.

Monroe Branch Library [• 809 Monroe Ave. • 428-8202] events:

Open pdf file for events at the Monroe Branch Library for the month of April 2016


L i b r a r y
R e s o u r c e
O u t r e a c h LRC
C e n t e r

Help with: Food, Case Management,  Clothing, Housing, Health Care Any other services

Rundel Memorial Library: Mondays 10-2  | Wednesdays 12:30-3 Thursdays 1-3

Legal Only:, Friday 1-4 |No appointment necessary.


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Upper Monroe

A recent local news article claimed, “All your friends are moving to Victor,” but many DINKs (that’s “Double Income, No Kids”) are choosing to live within city limits and still enjoy a healthy, affordable lifestyle. The Upper Monroe neighborhood — nestled near the Swillburg and Park Avenue neighborhoods and right near the Brighton town line — is a natural progression for young couples or even families who want to move beyond renting in the trendy Park Ave or South Wedge areas. (Full disclosure: I recently moved to Upper Monroe after several stints in Park Ave and one in Marketview Heights.) Cobbs Hill is within walking distance. The Culver Road Armory boasts high-end shopping and eateries — with another expansion in the works. Street parking is always available. Single-family homes are affordable and sit on tree-lined lots. The city’s largest community garden, Wide Water Gardens, is located between Rosedale and Hinsdale streets. Upper Monroe? More like Upper Fun-roe. [See Best of Rochester 2015: Critic Picks, Rochester City Newspaper, October 28, 2015]

What’s so special about Upper Monroe Neighborhood?

  • We are a friendly  business/residential neighborhood
  • We have an awesome community garden project called: Wide Water Gardens
  • We were instrumental in getting Bicycle Boulevard program into the City of Rochester’s Bicycle Master Plan
  • Weekly, during the summer, we maintain our many UMNA Gardens, placed about our neighborhood
  • We have a major Urban Forest that is continually maintained. Learn about the Washington Grove Preservation Project and help out by first checking out Friend of Washington Grove Park Facebook.
  • We keep our neighbors informed with our newsletter, our email list, link to the Nextdoor Upper Monroe program (which is like an online neighborhood watch program, and (of course) this website–which is always up to date.
  • UMNA is a proud member of Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC) with over 73 organizations of faith, business, and many more to Encourage local leaders to take steps to prepare our region for the future effects of climate change (e.g., update transportation and utilities infrastructure)
  • We sponsor many events throughout the years, including the Winter Party, plant sale, Harvest Party, and more.
  • We are presently being considered for high speed internet Greenlight Networks
  • Especially with Fleet Feet now in the Culver Road Armory mall, we are the running neighborhood in the city.



bikeROCHESTER Consider bicycling through Upper Monroe Neighborhood instead of driving. Save money, increase your health, see the great sites more casually, and lower your carbon footprint. Learn all about bicycling in Rochester—what the laws are, what the signs on the road are, how to get a bike rack, a bike locker, where and what bike boulevards are and just about anything you need to know about bicycling safely in our neighborhood. Form the City of Rochester, NY.

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