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.

Early spring with UMNA's Butterfly Garden in the foreground and Lake Riley in the background.

Early spring with UMNA’s Butterfly Garden in the foreground and Lake Riley in the background.

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!

Got neighborhood issues?

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:

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

The 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 for May

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

MAY 30: Show on Monroe Ave, The Big Lunch & Spokes and Ink SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 30th.

The excitement is building for the 3rd annual Show on Monroe taking place on May 30th beginning at 12 pm. Some of the highlights this year include, a The Big Lunch – a FREE Neighborhood lunch provided by New Life Church. It’s a community lunch. Come enjoy a burger or hot and connect with one another. Rec on the Move and music will also be on the lawn at the New Life Presbyterian Church at noon. African drumming on the Monroe Theater lawn at 2:30pm, Spokes and Ink, Krypton 88 along with classic cars and a Pin Up contest from 12-4 pm at the lot next to Towner’s on Monroe and S. Union St., food trucks, buskers, activities at both the Monroe Library and the Monroe Family Y, a street wide scavenger hunt from 1-3pm, a bike raffle sponsored by Yellow Haus Bicycles, the Fire Safety Trailer at the Firehouse on Monroe Avenue and much more! WOW!

New this year – Ugly Disco bus will be offering free transportation from 12-4 pm up and down the avenue. There will be 4 stops located at Shepard, Oxford, Averill and Marshall Streets. It is sure to be a wicked crazy fun day! Please see the poster attachments for the event, bike raffle and Scavenue hunt. Also, visit the website, www.showonmonroe.com and on Facebook. We can’t wait to see you there!

The list of events keeps growing… the Monroe Milers are sponsoring a neighborhood fun run/walk on Saturday May 30 as a part of the Show on Monroe. Meet at New Life Presbyterian Church at 11:15 for a three mile walk or run around the neighborhood. (Route will be provided.) We’ll finish up in time to enjoy The Big Lunch, back at the church, starting at noon! Family friendly. Bring a friend, Open to all/ Young children must be supervised by an adult. Not familiar with The Monroe Milers? No worries, just come for the some fun. You’re bound to pick up a tidbit or two about the good work of this dedicated group of volunteers, enjoy time with neighbors and get some exercise.


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 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.
  • 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.

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