Rochester, New York
Forming a hub of three Monroe County waterways, this 800-acre park remains as one of three major pastoral park designs by Frederick Law Olmsted in the United States. EDR’s 1992 master planning and site design efforts were based on interpretation of the original late 1800’s Olmsted design with the major goals of emphasizing the historic value of the park and maintaining its surviving structural fabric. The renovation program was guided by thorough historic research and a significant public participation process. Improvements to the park included picnic, passive recreation, and informal active recreation areas, improved vehicular circulation and parking, resolution of vehicular and pedestrian conflicts, revisions to two 18-hole golf courses, improved sports facilities, increased waterfront recreation opportunities with docking improvements, an extensive river walk system, park safety initiatives and reduction of the impact on neighbors as a result of park usage.