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Genesee Valley Park

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Type  Regional park
Created  1888 (1888)
Area  800 acres (3.2 km)
Phone  +1 585-753-7275
Genesee Valley Park
Location  South side of Rochester, New York
Operated by  Monroe County Parks Department
Address  1000 E River Rd, Rochester, NY 14623, USA
Hours  Open today · 7AM–11PMSaturday7AM–11PMSunday7AM–11PMMonday7AM–11PMTuesday7AM–11PMWednesday7AM–11PMThursday7AM–11PMFriday7AM–11PM
Similar  Durand Eastman Park, Seneca Park Zoo, High Falls, Highland Park, Maplewood Park

The history of genesee valley park in rochester new york designed by frederick olmsted

Genesee Valley Park is located in the south side of Rochester, New York along the shores of the Genesee River. The New York State Barge Canal (the currently in-use portion of the Erie Canal) crosses the Genesee River within the park. The University of Rochester is located near the park's north entrance.


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The park was formed from land first acquired by the Park Commission in 1888. Genesee Valley Park is among the many parks in New York state designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Within Rochester, other Frederick Law Olmsted parks include Highland Park and Seneca Park.

Olmsted had originally designed the east and west sides of the park to have different purposes. The east side was intended to provide the feeling of a large pasture while the west side was for more recreational activities. At Olmsted's suggestion, a flock of 80 sheep was introduced into the park in 1893, which added to the pastoral sense of the park and also helped to keep the grass trimmed.

In 1917, the golf course was expanded from 9 to 18 holes. The Barge (Erie) Canal was merged with Genesee River within the park on May 10, 1918.

With the opening of Genesee Expressway (now part of Interstate 390), the park was bisected straining the original pastoral atmosphere.


Genesee Valley Park covers 800 acres (3.2 km2) and features two public golf courses and a recreational area. The park has four foot bridges crossing the Genesee River and Erie Canal, and is located at the intersection of the Genesee Valley Greenway trail and the Erie Canal towpath trail, which stretches across New York State.


Genesee Valley Park Wikipedia