Genesee Valley Park is a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park located at the intersection of the Erie Canal and Genesee River. Its 800 acres were designed to connect the various green spaces and waterways together using a series of winding pathways.
Wandering around Genesee Valley Park
The Tree of Life
This magnificent, 150-year-old White Oak was struck by lightning on July 4, 2010. It is believed that the tree pre-dates Olmsted’s park designing, so that Olmsted himself would have admired the tree and made it part of his vision.
Those gorgeous stone bridges!
Both picturesque and functional, GVP has 4 concrete foot bridges that connect the park across the Erie Canal, Genesee River, and Red Creek near East River Road.
They feel like they’ve always been there, but they were not originally part of Olmsted’s design. That is because in 1888, when Olmsted designed Genesee Valley Park, the Erie Canal was running through Center City Rochester over an aqueduct which is now the Broad Street Bridge.
The canal was finished in 1825, but was enlarged in 1918 to become New York State Barge Canal System. As a result, the canal was re-routed to run south of the city through the park where you’ll find it today.
These were taken during the Head of the Regatta and the Erie Canal Conference. You’ll also find all varieties of fundraising walks and sporting events taking place on weeknights and ends.
More information about Genesee Valley Park
Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)
More information: monroecounty.gov/parks-geneseevalley
You can also rent canoes & kayaks from Genesee Waterways Center. “Whether an avid outdoor adventurer or a novice ready to hit the water for the first time, we are the perfect place to host your paddle outing. Our rental package comes with everything you need to enjoy a day on Rochester’s rivers and creeks.”
Water trails are either formally marked routes along a navigable waterway, or simply any waterway suitable for kayaks and small motorized watercraft.
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