Thank You to All Who Joined In at the Design Exploration!

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On behalf of the Washington Square Park Community Association and the WSP Steering Committee, I'd like to THANK all of those involved in making the WSP Design Exploration a successful event on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. 

With an energetic group of about 50 passionate Rochesterians, the Community Design Center Rochester took us through a 4-hour experience that led to some amazing data, feedback, ideas, and presentations for the re-design of the Washington Square Park in downtown Rochester. For those who stuck around all day and our way of saying thanks, the WSPCA made it fun with great local giveaways from neighborhood donors such as The Vesper, Monroe's at One, and the soon-to-be opened Native Eatery and Bar. One lucky winner was selected for the Grand Prize of two (2) round-trip tickets on Jetblue Airways. 

We're in the process of analyzing and processing all of the data and ideas collected, so stay tuned on the outcome of the public charrette process and what steps will be taken to move forward with plans to better the Park. If you did not get a chance to participate in the Design Exploration, there will be other ways to give us your thoughts, ideas, and feedback in the near future. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly if you would like a more personal response. 

Best, 
Jason Schwingle
President@RocWashingtonSquare.org 

P.S. If you'd like to see more photos of the Design Exploration day, head over to the WSPCA blog! 

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Have You Seen It? Rochester Beer Park

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June 1st, 2018 marked the opening of a 3,000sq foot walk/drive-in interior space called the Rochester Beer Park. This is a trailer park-themed bar and food joint that aims to give people a place to relax and enjoy like it's summetime all-year 'round, just like you're at a barbeque in someone's backyard - yes, at a trailer park. 

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60 local and domestic draft beers on tap and a large bar area leaves plenty of room and choice for the discerning hops customer. Local hometown brew Genesee is on draft for $2...

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...others aren't that far behind. 

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With some unique decor throughout the trailer park -

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- and plenty of vintage outdoor patio seating - 

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- there's even a "backyard" complete with a white picket fence, lawn chairs, picnic tables, and outdoor games to give you the full 'merican dream experience. 

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Open 7 days a week from 11am - 2am. 

Find Rochester Beer Park: 375 Averill Ave


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Time to Shop the Markets, the Farmers Markets

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Whether you realize it or not, in this city you are never far from a LOCAL farmers market. Fresh produce, flowers and other goods are always close at hand.

Now, we're all quite familiar with our region's most popular market - the Public Market - but there are a few others we want to make sure you are aware of.

City of Rochester Public Market (website):

Tuesday & Thursday: 6am-1pm (open year-round)
Saturday: 5am-3pm
Sundays & Special Events
280 Union St N.

Westside Farmers Market (website):

Tuesday: 4-7pm (open 6/12-10/9)
831 Genesee Street

U of R Farmers Market (website):

Wednesday: 2:30-5:30pm (open 3/7-10/24)
Check Schedule for U of R Location

Monroe Village Farmers Market (website):

Wednesday: 4-7pm (open 6/13-10/17)
730 Monroe Ave

South Wedge Farmers Market (website):

Thursday: 4-7pm (open 6/7-10/4)
151 Mt Hope Ave

Lakeside Farmer's Market (FB page):

Sundays: 10am-2pm (open 6/10-9/23)
1000 N. River Street

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So if you're hungry or in need of groceries, figure out what day of the week it is and try out one of these!


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Help Re-Imagine & Re-Energize the Washington Square Park

On Saturday, June 2nd, the Washington Square Park Community Association, along with the Community Design Center Rochester, are holding a community engagement event to look at the future of Washington Square Park:

Everyone is invited to participate and share their ideas for a new vision for the Park! Event will run from 9am-1pm and light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to: info@RocWashingtonSquare.org
More Info: FB Event Page
Location: 3 City Center (180 South Clinton Ave)

 

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5 Things You NEED TO KNOW about the Rochester Twilight Criterium

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For the unfamiliar, you may be asking yourself, what is a Criterium?

"Criteriums are best explained as a uniquely American-style bike race. Courses are designed on city-center streets and staged on spectator-friendly course loops typically about one mile in length. The racing provides incredible lap-after-lap excitement highlighting the athletes’ extraordinary bike-handling skills combined with explosive speed!"

Here are 5 things you need to know about the Rochester Twilight Criterium happening on Saturday, May 19th:

1. It's Downtown

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Spectators and racers alike will get to enjoy DOWNTOWN! The course is in the heart of the city, crossing the Genesee River twice and wrapping around the Powers Building, Legacy Tower, the Central Library and more.

2. It's like NASCAR but for Bikes

Often described as NASCAR on 2 wheels, lap after lap racers wind around a 1-mile course that includes 9 turns with speeds up to 30 miles per hour. In previous years the race started and finished on Court Street, but this year it will be on the Broad Street Bridge.

3. Admission is Free

 Rochester Twilight Criterium |  Facebook Page

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

This is a professional race, with competitors coming from around the globe, and it's FREE! And the best part? You can watch from anywhere along the course, we recommend walking around during the event to see it from different places. Check out the list of recommendations from the Criterium crew for their list of Best Places to Watch.

4. There's a Beer Garden & Food Truck Rodeo

 Rochester Twilight Criterium |  Facebook Page

Rochester Twilight Criterium | Facebook Page

Head to South Ave between Broad St. and Court St. to enjoy food and beverages from our city's favorite food trucks and beverage vendors (details).

5. Running Racers

Back again this year is the Rochester Mile. What is it, you ask? The Rochester Mile is a race for runners, both men and women, amateurs and elites. These series of races will happen throughout the night so check out the website and schedule to find out more.

Rochester Twilight Criterium:
Website
Twilight Criterium FB Event Page

 

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