Erie Harbor

Reconnecting a neighborhood to the Genesee River

The Erie Harbor Public Enhancements project included complete design services and construction administration for improvements to this City of Rochester waterfront park. The park enhancements were meant to compliment the private Erie Harbor Apartments, a redevelopment initiative in the South Wedge neighborhood of the City of Rochester. The project included long-term master planning of the riverfront parkland and the construction of Phase 1, pedestrian and streetscape improvements to reconnect the neighborhood to the river.

The city contracted with Bayer Landscape Architecture to re-establish direct visual and physical access to the waterfront through pedestrian improvements across public easements on the newly developed apartment site. Once the site of a former derelict housing development that blocked physical and visual access to the river, the new features provide effortless physical and visual connections from the dynamic South Wedge neighborhood to the Genesee River – Rochester’s most significant natural asset. The project also includes enhancements to the west side of Rochester’s Mt. Hope Avenue corridor.

Bayer Landscape Architecture completed deep investigations into the site history, which includes a significant and rich array of land uses – railroads, canal terminals, docks, commercial horticulture, and housing. The project includes walkways, a riverfront plaza space, unique stone amphitheater and seating elements, distinctive plantings, lighting and a major public art initiative.


Rochester, New York

Master Planning, Design, Construction Documentation, Construction Administration


2014 Merit Award
Built Design

American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Upstate Chapter