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The Great Rochester Snow Down

If not cleared, even the slightest amount of snow can make our sidewalks and bus stops inaccessible for weeks at a time. This year, before winter tightens its icy grip, Reconnect Rochester would like to invite you to help us keep our city moving by taking part in The Great Rochester Snow Down!

 Why is this important?

A great deal of time and money is spent clearing roads so that people in cars can get around. Let’s make sure that our friends and neighbors on foot, bicycle, bus, wheelchair, walker, stroller, etc. can get around safely.

Schedule of events…

Every other Saturday from January 7 – March 18, volunteers from Reconnect Rochester, Flower City AmeriCorps, and the community will gather together along one major avenue in our area to clear snow from bus stops and crosswalks. All events start at 10 a.m.

Monroe Ave.
January 7th
Howell to Canterbury
Sponsored by Marshall St. Bar and Grill
[RSVP on Facebook]

Clinton Ave.
January 21st
Upper Falls to Norton
Sponsored by El Pilon Criollo
[RSVP on Facebook]

Dewey Ave.
February 4th
Lexington to Ridgeway
Sponsored by Salvatore’s
[RSVP on Facebook]

Genesee St.
February 18th
Brooks to Arnett
Sponsored by Brue Coffee
[RSVP on Facebook]

Joseph Ave.
March 4th
Upper Falls to Norton
Sponsor TBD

Lake Ave.
March 18th
Lyell to Driving Park
Sponsor TBD
In Partnership with the Center for Disability Rights

We are currently seeking sponsors for Rochester Snow Down 2017. Contact us to find out how to get your business or group involved in this important community effort.

What’s in it for me?

Each Snow Down ends with an after party at a great restaurant, cafe, or bar along the corridor. Discover a hidden gem, enjoy some tasty treats (on the house), and meet some of the people working to reconnect our city.

Not enough? Check it out:
Each Snow Down you attend adds your name to a drawing to win a fabulous prize. Attend all six, get six chances to win.

Prizes Available (check back as we’re updating often)…

-An item of your choice from the Rochester gift shop
-A certificate for two weeks of unlimited yoga at TruYoga in the South Wedge
-A $25 gift card to the Rochester Brainery
-A 31-Day Unlimited RTS pass

What else can people do to help?

Per Rochester’s sidewalk ordinance, property owners are responsible for clearing the sidewalk in front of their property. The city provides only supplemental service when 4 inches of new snow has accumulated.

Put simply: in the morning when you’re digging out your car, take the extra couple minutes to make sure your neighbors can walk by and admire your decorations. Encourage your favorite businesses to keep nearby sidewalks, bus stops, and bike racks clear so every patron has access.

Start something…

If you can’t make our Saturday events, we encourage you to organize your own mini Snow Down! Just snap a photo of you and your friends shoveling any public sidewalk, bus stop, or bike rack and post it to social media using #RocSnowDown to be entered in the drawing.


The Great Rochester Snow Down is made possible by your donations and the following sponsors and partners.

Brue Coffee
El Pilon Criollo
Marshall Street Bar & Grill
Center for Disability Rights

Thanks to everyone who participated in Rochester Snow Down 2016!

“Captain” Dan Speciale
Irene Allen
Brue Coffee
Bill Collins
El Pilon Criollo
John DeRycke
DeWain Feller
Flower City Americorps
Mike Governale
Joseph Avenue Business Association
John Lam
Lincoln Library
Ravi Mangla
Jim Mayer
Brenda Massie
Jason Partyka
Nicholas Russo
Renee Stetzer & Family
Rohan Parikh
Sara Jenks
John Thomas
Southeast Neighborhood Service Center
RIT Service Frat
Salvatore’s Pizza