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. Also, you can now pay your UMNA membership dues ONLINE by clicking clicking on the sidebar donations feature. 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.

UMNA’s Gardens wants you

UMNA maintains six decorative neighborhood gardens.  Click here to photos of UMNA Gardens. This does not happen without the help of  many volunteers.  Volunteers meet at a different garden each week (Wednesdays 6-7 pm) to  perform routine maintenance and occasionally, more serious interventions.  If you can help out, pleases contact Jane Alexander at GoJane@frontiernet.net.  It’s a great way to meet your neighbors, share gardening tips, and have fun!  No experience necessary!


UMNA’s Butterfly Garden at Lake Riley in Cobbs Hill Park.

Got neighborhood issues?

* Please note: there is no July meeting. UMNA meets Tuesdays | 7:00 PM – first week of the month- at New Life Presbyterian Church, 243 Rosedale St, Rochester NY 14620 Hope to see you there.

Neighborhood Events:


Rochester may be known for its snowy winters but summer is when the “Flower City” really blossoms. Download a Summer Guide

College Town Rochester Presents: Movies Under the Stars

Enjoy FREE movies under the stars, picnic style at the Summer Outdoor Movie Series at College Town. The first July Movie is Back To School. Come hungry and enjoy the many restaurants at College Town that will offer food and drink for purchase.

Bring your own blanket or chairs and get your spot on the lawn early as space is limited. Start time is approximate, movies start at sunset.

There is plenty of free parking at College Town in the lots and garage. Pull in on Celebration Drive or Crittenden Rd.
Weekly Saturday movies begin July 11th and continue through August.


Monroe Village Farmers’ Market | Wednesday Evenings, June 10 – October 15, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

FMarketThe Monroe Village Farmers Market is run by people like you…people who appreciate city living and are looking to make a difference in the neighborhood! To volunteer to help with the market contact Allen Krisiloff at akrisiloff@triptar.com, Location: Blessed Sacrament Church Parking Lot,  726 Monroe Avenue, (Near Oxford), Rochester, NY

Monroe Branch Library events:


Open pdf file for events at the Monroe Branch Library for the month of July 2015

As a last minute request from the Mayor, the Office of Special Events has programmed 4 free outdoor RPO ensemble concerts on Tuesdays during the summer! All concerts are one hour from 6:30- 7:30 p.m.

We have an incredibly small budget for this so are truly relying on neighborhood word of mouth to get people out to enjoy the music. To this end, we are hoping that the NSCs can help us get residents to the concerts by utilizing your neighborhood email lists. I’ve attached the flier for this purpose. I am also inter-officing small fliers that you can give out at the office. Thank you SO much for spreading the word and please let us know if we can do anything at all to help!

Tuesday, June 30; Mt. Hope Cemetery 1133 Mount Hope Avenue

Tuesday, July 7; Maplewood Rose Garden Pavilion 24 Driving Park Avenue

Tuesday, July 14; Franklin High School Campus 950 Norton Street

Tuesday, July 21; Susan B. Anthony Square 39 King Street

Meeting on local solar power

The August 20th Solar Assembly for the Upper Monroe and Cobbs Hill Neighborhoods will be held at  the New Life Presbyterian Church located at 243 Rosedale Street. The assembly will be from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Rochester’s Southeast Quadrant will take part in Community Solar NY, a program designed to make investing in solar power easier and more affordable for local residents and businesses.

The Solarize Flower City program kicks off with a neighborhood workshop Thursday, August 20th from 6 PM to 8 PM at the New Life Presbyterian Church located at 243 Rosedale Street.  At this workshop, residents and business owners can learn about the program.

Community Solar NY makes implementing solar easier and more affordable by supporting locally-organized community outreach aimed at getting a critical mass of area homes and businesses to install solar and obtain competitive pricing, thereby lowering the cost. Historically, Solarize campaigns lower the cost of solar 10 to 20 percent. Learn more at: http://solarizeflowercity.com/

The 2015 Flower City Garden Contest is upon us! If you’d like to enter your private or community garden OR nominate another garden in your community, please check out the link below.

LINK: http://www.cityofrochester.gov/gardencontestform/

Spread the word! Please share this link widely with fellow City residents that garden in your neighborhood.

Submission to the 2015 Flower City Garden Contest are due by July 29. Winners in each category will be honored at the 2015 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony in October 2015.

What’s so special about Upper Monroe Neighborhood?



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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