“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.
Cobb’s Hill Park – Norris Drive Project Update
Mayor of Rochester halts Cobbs Hill Park Project
The Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association (UMNA), under leadership of UMNA president Chris Stevens, plays a key role in reshaping Cobbs Hill Park project–protecting our neighborhood and local environment.
“Thanks to the work of so many of you, and of the neighbors that you got involved, and the Rochester Regional Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Friends of Washington Grove — today the Mayor came out opposed to the current proposal and asked the developer and City Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development to work together with us to come up with a better plan. A huge step in the right direction.
We understand more than 100 written comments were submitted in opposition to the proposal. Our petition contained 422 signatures. Today, I participated in a news conference along with Peter Debes of Sierra Club and Andrew Seager of Friends of Washington Grove to further our message that large new housing is inappropriate on Norris Drive.
What a team. It would not have happened without the contribution each of you made. Undoubtedly, there is much to still do for successful resolution to the developers desire to build… Today let’s celebrate this step, this success. My hats off to all of you!”
- Mayor Warren Opposes Cobbs Hill Park Project “Upper Monroe neighborhood residents may have won their push to stop plans to build a four-story apartment building on private property nestled within Cobbs Hill Park.” (6/22/2016) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
- Mayor halts Cobbs Hill project “… Mayor Warren released a letter she has sent to Upper Monroe President Chris Stevens saying that she shared the critics’ concerns and has instructed Neighborhood and Business Development Baye Muhammad to ask Rochester Management for a new proposal.” (6/22/2016, Rochester City Newspaper)
- Mayor among those opposed to Cobbs Hill Park apartments “People opposed to a new apartment building near Cobbs Hill Park now have a powerful ally. City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said Wednesday that she opposes the project and will ask the developer to come up with a new plan.Chris Stevens, president of the Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association, said they want to keep the neighborhood the way it is. ” (6/22/2016) WHAM Rochester)
- Mayor Warren Shares Concerns About Proposed Apartment Building In Cobb’s Hill Park “People in Rochester’s Upper Monroe Avenue neighborhood who are unhappy with a proposal to build apartment buildings in Cobb’s Hill Park are getting backing from city hall.Mayor Lovely Warren sent a letter to Chris Stevens, president of the Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association, saying that she also has concerns about the scale and scope of the project.” (6/22/2016) WXXI News)
- Caught in the Middle of Battle Over Future of Cobbs Hill Park “Plans to construct a new apartment complex inside Cobbs Hill Park have raised questions among neighborhood groups and now has Rochester’s mayor asking the developer to submit new plans.Cobbs Hill Park is home to basketball courts, water fountains and a spectacular view but, the park once housed a German prisoner of war camp. In 1957, it became a low-income housing unit.” (June 22, 2016) Time Warner Rochester)
- Community speaks out against proposed development in Cobb’s Hill Park Several weeks ago, several community organizations were surprised to discover that a proposal had been developed to construct two, four-story, 55,500 square-foot buildings, each with over 50 units, and with associated parking, to replace the current approximately 60 units in the one-story buildings in the midst of Cobb’s Hill Park. (June 24, 2016) Brighton-Pittsford Post)
Got neighborhood issues?
Monthly meeting: 7 PM, Most First Tuesdays at New Life Church – No meetings July and August.
Upper Monroe Neighborhood Garden Maintenance
Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00
Join neighbors each Wednesday to care for our 5 lovely community gardens along Monroe Avenue and Culver Road. Nothing strenuous here but some necessary dead-heading (that’s a technical term) and weed pulling. Email Jane at email@example.com to find out which garden to meet at this week.
The Flowers for the Four Neighborhood Flower Planters at the corners of Monroe Avenue and Rosedale were provided and planted by Lisa Jacques again this year. They are beautiful, and in need of regular Water! Will you sign up to water them for one week this summer or fall? We have some open slots on the calendar. Contact Jane Alexander firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the schedule and help keep us beautiful.
It’s quick and easy. Water jugs will be provided so you can fill them at home and make one quick trip to the planters each day for a week. The weeks run from Monday through Sunday.
AND Stop by the Park Ave. Pets, 993 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY to thank Lisa for the lovely flowers!
Monroe Village Farmer’s Market Opens for 2016
Every Wednesday | 4:00 – 7:00 | Blessed Sacrament Church Parking Lot
The growing season is underway! Fresh produce and products, all local and live music too starting this Wednesday, June 15.
REPORT of Meeting with regarding potential Dog Park in Southeast Rochester
Councilmember Maat Haag and Director of Bureau of Parks and Buildings Mitch Rowe are looking into feasibility and possible location(s) for a Dog Park in the City. Under consideration is Cobbs Hill Park, along 490, just east of the Baseball fields, across from the Monroe County Water Authority building. Based on their research, two side-by-side fenced in areas would be created to accommodate large and small dogs. Amenities such as water, benches, some shade (new tree plantings or canvas) for pet owners and some shrubbery are anticipated to enhance the space for park goers and dog owners alike. Any fee to use the dog “park” is still under consideration. Monroe County charges $24/year to use their dog parks. The City’s research continues and any plans will be brought back to the community before going to City Council for approval. Send your input to Councilmember Matt Haag at Matt.Haag@cityofrochester.gov.
Summer Meals program to provide free healthy breakfasts and lunches to kids has a kick off Next Saturday. The Meals program starts June 27
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.
Rochester may be known for its snowy winters but summer is when the “Flower City” really blossoms. With its beautiful beaches, historic parks, popular R-Centers and a prodigious line-up of summer events, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The City of Rochester’s summer recreation line-up offers many opportunities to get out and take advantage of the warmer months. From scenic trails to historic sites, the City’s many parks are sure to delight outdoors enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Many feature sports fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, and rental lodges making them the perfect place to play sports or host a family event. City pools, water parks and beaches provide a fun, safe way to learn to swim, join a swim team or just beat the heat. The City’s many R-Centers are jam-packed with programs and activities that inspire people of all ages to stay fit, be creative, learn something new and make friends along the way. R-Center offerings include magnet day programs for youth that focus on the arts, science, technology, sports, nature and the environment. R-Center ArtSmart and Youth Sports fee based summer camps are fun and affordable options for city families. Visitors can also take advantage of R-Center fitness facilities offered at several locations.
Rochester Recreation Summer Programs and Facilities
- Summer Camps
- R-Center Magnet Programs
- Other R-Center Programs
- Summer Meals for Kids
- Leagues and Lessons
- Special Events
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
UMNA’s BoulevART got refreshed.
Neighbors came together and refreshed our BoulevART project at Werner Park at Hinsdale | Go here to get the whole story: BoulevART Refresh
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
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.
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.