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Some Needed Attention for Saint Joseph’s Park

December 11th, 2012

Saint Joseph's Park, downtown Rochester NY.
Ted Collins Tree & Landscape is proud to announce that it will be working with the Landmark Society of Western New York in the re-landscaping and re-opening of St. Joseph’s Park – a downtown park that has been closed for over ten years. Greg Frank, co-owner of the oldest landscaping firm in the Rochester area, became aware of this special site through a conversation with colleagues who shared their desire to see the park re-open. After visiting the area around the site, he realized that redevelopment was beginning to take place and so approached the Landmark Society about donating his company’s services – along with plant and landscape materials – to bring the park back as a special place for gathering and contemplation.

Saint Joseph's Park, downtown Rochester NY.
Although once a beautiful oasis in downtown, St. Joseph’s Park has suffered from inattention and misuse. “The park has been locked up and unused for quite some time”, said Wayne Goodman, Executive Director of the Landmark Society, “and we are thrilled by the generosity of Ted Collins Tree & Landscape for choosing this landmark as its gift to us, and more importantly to the community. It is such a wonderful announcement to make, especially during this special holiday season.”

“Like so many old church ruins scattered around much of Europe they not only reflect the past but are also aesthetically pleasing monuments that make a city rich and special,” said Greg Frank. “Our firm has been looking for a special project that would allow us to do what we do best – landscape and create special garden spaces for people to enjoy. St. Joseph’s seemed like an ideal project that not only allows us to be part of the re-development of downtown Rochester, but also to give back to our community.

Saint Joseph's Park, downtown Rochester NY.
With redevelopment of the downtown area and the beauty of the structure, it seems like a perfect opportunity to clean it up and re-landscape the site and make it available again to the public for intimate musical concerts, weddings, small presentations and other social gatherings.

Plans are underway and Ted Collins Tree & Landscape will lay out its vision for the planting of the park while the Landmark Society handles some improvements to the edifice and infrastructure. Re-dedication of the park and its reopening for the public is planned for early June – just in time for the outdoor event and wedding seasons as well as for the lively musical scene that takes place during the summer.

Saint Joseph's Church, downtown Rochester NY. 1930. [PHOTO: Rochester Public Library]
St. Joseph’s Park is located inside the remains of what was the city’s oldest Catholic church, destroyed in 1975 by a disastrous fire. The church was built in 1843 by German immigrants and became the mother church of nine other German parishes in western New York. The bell tower was constructed in 1909. St. Joseph’s Park was created by determined citizens and institutions who felt that the distinctive tower was an irreplaceable feature of the Rochester landscape. With its enclosed courtyard and fountain, the Landmark Society – owned park opened in 1980 with renovation designed by Handler/Grosso Architect.

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9 Responses to “Some Needed Attention for Saint Joseph’s Park”

  1. Bob Williams says:

    Epic Jazz Fest site?

  2. Patrick Chefalo says:

    Surveillance cameras part of the design, I hope/expect/fear?

  3. twoeightnine says:

    Would make a beautiful parking lot.

  4. ELF says:

    That entire neighborhood is nothing BUT parking lots.

  5. Hopefully they’ll have security…you’re gonna have homeless people camping out in there. Good luck with that!

  6. Sile says:

    I was walking around a few months ago after coming from a meeting at CFC and took a few pics around there using my camera phone. The site is really pretty, and I was disappointed that I couldn’t go into the gated part and look at the plaques. I still wonder what is written there. I think I captioned one of my photos as ‘jailed history’ or something along those lines.

    I also, sadly, noticed a TON of empty liquor bottles strewn around the site. There are SEVERAL trash receptacles in the area, people! Ugh!

    I would love to do a real photographic session there if they open the gated part back up. I’m just an amateur hobbyist photographer, but that place is captivating!

  7. @Sile, if you do a shoot send pics my way. I’ll share them here.

    Amen to the trash receptacles.


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