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El Camino Community Cleanup

Location: Conkey Corner Park
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Celebrate Earth Day with Genesee Land Trust on the Thomas R. Frey Trail at El Camino!  We’ll be cleaning up Conkey Corner Park and El Camino – picking up trash, debris, raking out garden beds, and generally sprucing up the area for all to enjoy.  We’ll meet at Conkey Corner Park.  Closed-toed shoes and a water bottle are recommended. Genesee Land Trust will provide work gloves, tools, trash bags, water, and snacks.


Partners in Action

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Conkey Cruisers

Conkey Cruisers is a grassroots neighborhood bicycling program, inspired by Theresa Bowick, a Registered Nurse who lives near Conkey Avenue. While out running one day she stopped to chat with some neighbors, when a man approached the group, pointed at Theresa and said, “Don’t talk to her. She is the police!  She is the police because nobody exercises in this neighborhood!”

A call to action: Theresa developed the Conkey Cruisers Bicycling-to-Better-Health Voyage, in hopes that neighbors will inspire neighbors to stay active, make healthy food choices, decrease obesity rates, and create a positive image of their neighborhood.

As Conkey Cruisers was being envisioned, El Camino Trail was completed, providing a perfect route. The Conkey Cruisers’ inaugural ride took place on July 7, 2012 and has continued each summer to cruise El Camino. On summer evenings, families, youth and seniors can all be seen riding the trail together.

Theresa believes, “It takes a village to be a village”, meaning we all share the responsibility of making our neighborhoods safe and healthy.

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Genesee Land Trust

Genesee Land Trust builds connections to nature in the Rochester region by protecting land. A nonprofit organization, Genesee Land Trust relies on contributions and support from individuals and foundations.

In 2001, Genesee Land Trust, led by Tom Frey, gathered a team of residents to change the overgrown, trash covered railroad right-of-way into a hiking and biking trail and a ribbon of nature in the neighborhood – today this is El Camino.  Then, in 2009, the Land Trust transformed a vacant lot into Conkey Corner Park. The following year volunteers, neighbors and friends gathered to build the playground.

Now, Genesee Land Trust organizes work days -- Day of Caring, Wilson Day, and King for a Day -- to spruce up the gardens along El Camino, and helps to bring special events such as the Harvest Festival and the 5K Walk @ El Camino.

Across Monroe and Wayne County, Genesee Land Trust has protected over 5,000 acres of land, creating new nature parks for families to explore the outdoors and enjoy nature. To learn more about Genesee Land Trust's work, sign up for our eNews here.

Ibero-American Development Corporation (IADC)

Ibero-American Development Corporation (IADC) is a non-profit organization focused on Community Development. We have focused our efforts in the El Camino neighborhood through programmatic efforts, adding affordable housing, and working with residents and stakeholders to revitalize the area.

IADC's Mission Statement: “To provide quality affordable housing and opportunities for the economic advancement of Hispanic and other minority individuals and families; to provide social and recreational facilities to persons and families of low and moderate income.”

Project HOPE (Healthy Outcomes through Participation, Education & Empowerment) is a program of IADC in the El Camino neighborhood and is funded by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation to improve the social determinants of health in the community. The Target Area is bound by North Clinton Avenue, Upper Falls Boulevard, Avenue A and the Genesee River.
HOPE residents come together around community issues and positive changes taking place in the Target Area. The objective of HOPE is to revitalize the neighborhood through action to eventually influence the long term health of the overall community. Resident participation is the key ingredient to long-term success in the neighborhood.

Small amounts of funding is available to residents of the community to improve neighborhood health through Resident Health Promotion Projects. These projects could include social activities that foster health improvement, community gardens to share healthy eating with your neighbors, or beautification projects. HOPE fosters community leadership by providing residents with the tools to implement change in their own neighborhood.

Connect With Us

The El Camino Neighborhood extends from Seneca Park to Scrantom Street and Saint Paul along the length of the trail.

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