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Convention Center's North Terrace reopens to the public as Roc the Riverway revs up

Oct 1, 2019

The Rochester Riverside Convention Center’s North Terrace reopened Monday. It’s the second piece of the $50 million state-funded Roc The Riverway project. The north terrace will be an all-seasons public space with a lighting scheme donated by RG&E. 

RG&E’s Veronica Dasher handles community outreach matters for the power company, which provided the  lighting facades for the project.

“We understand that Roc The Riverway is extremely important to the city of Rochester and its vibrancy and we want to be a part of that,” said Dasher.

Vincent Esposito leads the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. He called the government’s investment in the project overdue.

Progress report on the Roc the Riverway project
Credit City of Rochester

“This opening of this terrace that has been closed for far too long is an example of a renewed effort to renovate this facility and something that will continue to expand and grow,” said Esposito.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said the terrace one piece in a beautiful mosaic along the river.

“For decades we’ve been missing critical pieces, large pieces where the riverfront was underutilized. Not anymore,” said Warren 

In the coming months, the mayor expects to break ground on a new skatepark by the river, begin renovations to the Blue Cross Arena, and other projects.