Hi Neighbors!

2018 has been a great year...here’s a recap of what’s been happening in and around the neighborhood, and a few things to look forward to for the New Year.

We’d like to thank our organizational and corporate funding partners for 2018 including: Buckingham Properties, Excellus BCBS, M&T Charitable Foundation, Three City Center Partners, Turner Engineering, Hyatt Regency Rochester, and The Little Theatre.

Clean Sweep 2018

May 5th, 2018: Our 7th annual Rochester Clean Sweep for the neighborhood! See blog post and photos here.

Dachshund Parade 2018

May 12th, 2018: The 17th annual Dachshund Parade was held in the Washington Square Park by the Rochester Dachshund Parade organizers. See blog post here.

Community Charrette for the WSP

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June 2nd, 2018: The results of our community charrette will be released in early 2019. See blog post and more photos here.

Native Opening

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Native Eatery AND Bar officially opened in June of this year, giving even more life to the corner of Woodbury and Clinton with an expansive view of the Park, a spacious interior, and a beautiful outdoor patio. Geva patrons currently get half-price off their first drink (show the evening’s ticket to the bartender), they were one of the featured pop-up restaurants at the Roc Holiday Village, and they are currently taking reservations for a Prix Fixe Menu and Jazz combo for New Year’s Eve. See blog post and photos here.



Movies with a Downtown View

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The WSPCA celebrated the 5th of production of the Movies with a Downtown View by having 5 different productions throughout the summer: 2 in Manhattan Square Park, 1 in Washington Square Park (shown above), 1 in Parcel 5, and a special event on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency Downtown. The movie events happen every summer, and most are FREE to attend made possible by the generosity of local donors. For more info and highlights, check this out.

Fuego Opening

Fuego Coffee Roasters opened up in the Woodbury Lofts building in early November, with their official Grand Opening party on Friday, November 9th. They treated all area neighbors to FREE coffee all month long, and have quickly become a fave amongst area residents, workers, and visitors. If you have not been into their beautiful space yet, do not wait any longer - it is sure to become a favorite of yours too.

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Mini Clean Sweep - Manhattan Square Park

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Part of the mission of the WSPCA is to “…revitalize and reinvigorate the Washington Square Park and surrounding areas.” We take this mission very seriously and want to not only better our neighborhood, but also help the adjacent neighborhoods here in downtown look better. Acting on this mission, several neighbors in conjunction with the Center City Community Coalition (C4) participated in a Mini Clean Sweep on Saturday, November 10th at the MLK Jr. Memorial Park.

Cafe Sol Opening

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Looking Ahead to 2019….

Riverway getting a facelift

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How can you miss all of the work going on at the river along the east-bank of the Genesee? The skyline and views are changing daily, and there will most certainly be a new apartment complex opening up in 2019 called The Nathaniel. Running alongside the complex will be a brand new Promenade for all of us - the general public - to enjoy.

Roc City Skatepark

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Don’t miss the Roc City Skatepark that is slated to open in the fall of 2019 adjacent to The Nathaniel. This exciting addition to our neighorhood will utilize space underneath the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge and be a much needed area of respite and play for skateboarders, walkers, cyclists, and the general public.

Of course there’s so much more - stay tuned for the 6th year of the Movies with a Downtown View, a Public Forum that will share the information gleaned from Phase I of the WSP Design Exploration, a C4 Event on January 16th, the annual Dachshund Parade in Washington Square, Clean Sweep 2019, and much, much more!

On behalf of the Board of the Washington Square Park Community Association, we want to THANK YOU for making our neighborhood one of the best in Rochester.  

As always, we encourage you to get out and get involved in your city. Whether that’s volunteering with the WSPCA, with an event or production that we take on, or if it’s just supporting our local businesses around town, we know each and every one of us is imperative to the success of our city.

Happy New Year!

-Jason R. Schwingle, President, WSPCA