University of Rochester

Improvements to B&L Riverside Park Benefit Campus, City Visitors

September 27, 2002

The University of Rochester this week unveiled improvements to the Bausch & Lomb Riverside Park that make it a more attractive and usable place for people in Rochester and those on the River Campus.

In recent months, renovations have improved park aesthetics, amenities, traffic flow, and safety. The park is located along Wilson Boulevard on the east side of the Genesee River. More than $1 million has been spent on improvements.

At a ceremony yesterday to mark the official completion of work, University President Thomas H. Jackson and Rochester Mayor William Johnson stressed the cooperation that produced the splendid results. "We have opened up views to the river that had been obscured, and actually increased the 'green space' by beautifying the area even more," Jackson pointed out.

"This marks the evolution of two things," said Johnson. "A strong working relationship between the University and the city, and improvements to one of the great assets in our community-the Genesee River."

Enhancements to the park area include: Linking the north and south ends of Wilson Boulevard with a narrow park road for improved traffic flow and riverside access Improving the park atmosphere by putting in a tree-lined median on Wilson Boulevard from Intercampus Drive south to Library Road Improving park entrance signage, and adding signage on historical and botanical features of the park Enhancing the landing at the east end of the pedestrian bridge Creating curb bump-outs and pedestrian crosswalks to slow traffic for safety's sake Clearing brush for better views of the Genesee River Installing picnic tables and benches Installing additional lighting Building new walkways

The Bausch & Lomb Riverside Park, named to recognize a substantial gift from the Bausch & Lomb Company for the project, was created about a decade ago. The park is owned by the city, but maintained by the University of Rochester.