Genesee Valley Park
Genesee Valley Park is a Fredrick Law Olmsted-designed park that is dominated by three intersecting waterways, Red Creek, the Genesee River and the New York State Barge Canal. This pristine park offers seven open-air shelters, available for rent between mid-May and mid-October.
At 800 acres, the park is an ideal access point to a major network of trails along the river and canal as well as the route 390 bike trail and the Genesee Valley Greenway. Also included in the park are softball diamonds, multi-use/soccer fields, a cricket pitch and two 18 hole golf courses. Additional golf course information can be obtained by calling 585 424-2920 or visiting the golf course website.
For information and reservations please call 585 753-PARK (7275) or go to our Online Parks Reservation System.
Location and Directions
Genesee Valley Park is located along the eastern bank of the Genesee River within the City of Rochester. Enter the park from Elmwood Avenue at Moore Road or East River Road or Crittenden Road. Genesee Valley Park west of the Genesee River is managed the City of Rochester Parks Department.
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Activities available in Genesee Valley Park
- Biking (no off-road cycling permitted)
- Geo-caching (approximately 7 caches)
- Multi-use Athletic Fields
- Shelters for Rent
- Ultimate Frisbee
-- water spigots and picnic tables available for general use
The idea for the park was conceived within the first year of the Rochester Park Commission as one of two major parks they would develop first. During the initial planning stages, the two parks were referred to as “North” and “South.” The “South Park” was named Genesee Valley Park in reference to the area’s Native American heritage—and of course its major feature, the Genesee River. The rolling pastoral fields of the area were emphasized in this 800-acre park’s design by Frederick Law Olmsted.
Rules and Regulations
Genesee Valley Park has a Carry-in Carry-out rule, which means you must take all your garbage with you for disposal after leaving the park. All pets must be leashed and you are responsible for cleaning up after them.
Amplified music is not permitted at the Tupelo, Dogwood, Hawthorne or Red Creek Shelters.
Winter Park Hours
November 1st until March 31st, Monday through Thursday park services are available from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Shelters are not available for rent between mid-October and mid-May.
Friday through Sunday the park is open from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Summer Park Hours
April 1st until October 31st, the park is open everyday from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Shelters are available to rent from 10:00 a.m until 10:30 p.m. from mid-May until mid-October.
Genesee Valley has two restrooms placed on either side of the park. The first one is located between the Hawthorne and Dogwood Shelters. The second bathroom is located on the Elmwood Road side of the park next to the Roundhouse Shelter. See the park map for specific locations (the bathrooms are the small orange circles).
Before heading out to Genesee Valley Park print the map. The color coded hiking trails and additional details will keep you on the right track.
There are two trails located in Genesee Valley Park, they are the Red Creek Trail and the Genesee Greenway. The Genesee Greenway stretches from Lehigh Valley Trail Park, and to Downtown Rochester.
There are many different athletic fields located throughout the park. Three softball fields are located in the very south end of the park, off Crittenden Road, and four others are located off East River Road. There are also three Multi-use athletic fields; one near Hawthorne Shelter, one near Canalside Shelter, and one near Riverbend Shelter. There is also one Cricket Pitch, located near Softball Field #7. For field rental please call Ryan Loysen at 585-753-7281. See the park map for specific locations.
Genesee Valley Park has two golf courses. There is the North Golf Course and the South Golf Course. Both are located off of East River Road, for more information contact the club house at 585 424-2920. See the park map for specific locations and visit the website for more information.
Genesee Rowing Club
The Genesee Rowing Club is located at the intersection of the Genesee River and the Erie Canal within the park. They offer various sweep rowing and sculling recreational and racing opportunities. Competitive and recreational rowers range in age from 12 to over 90, so it is never too early or too late to take up the sport. Their experienced rowers and coaches love to share their passion with others and have a lot of fun on, and off, the water. CLICK HERE for more information on classes and hours of operation.