Hopyard Tour and Tasting at Bluebell Hopyard (Rochester)| July 30 The NY Upstate Chapter (Rochester Section) met up at the annual Bluebell Hopyyard Tour and Tasting event to reconnect and earn a CEU with a hopyard tour. Kurt Charlend, PE Bergmann Associates and Partner, Bluebell Hopyards provided a continuing education session to our members at the start of the event. Participants learned about the history of hops in the US, hop harvesting and some of the components of hops that make it valuable to the breweries. The session was educational, the hops were impressive, the weather was great, and the beer was refreshing! Another great time with our members in the Rochester Section!
Public Health & Public Infrastructure: Riding the El Camino Trail with Conkey Cruisers (Rochester) | May 11 The NY Upstate Chapter offered an interactive conference for participants to spend the day learning about how Landscape Architects in the region are working with local non-profit organizations and community groups to improve public health through planning and design. The event offered morning sessions and lunch at the Community Design Center of Rochester, followed with a bike tour on the El Camino Trail in the afternoon.
The morning kicked off with a session provided by Dina Faticone, Director of Healthi Kids Initiative ,Finger lakes Health System Agency and Mark Johns, RLA, Bergmann Associates. Participants learned about planning concepts that improve physical and emotional health. Dina and Mark shared compelling research and statistics that have resulted in the development of programs and initiatives to plan for improved community health in the region.
Gay Mills, Executive Director of the Genesee Land Trust shared a presentation which introduced the participants to the the Genesee Land Trust and how the Land Trust can be a partner in community projects. Gay also introduced the El Camino project and explained how their role progressed from catalyst to steward in a community project that has had great health impacts in a Rochester neighborhood.
The final morning presentation was provided by JoAnn Beck, Landscape Architect retired from the City of Rochester and Maureen Duggan, Executive Director of the Community DFesign Center of Rochester. Thier session will presented two initiatives in the El Camino Neighborhood: the adaptive reuse of a rail line as the El Camino Trail and the El Camino Neighborhood Charrette and Vision Plan process. Participants learns about adaptive reuse, trail development, and urban design challenges being faces by the El Camino Revitalization Area.
The second half of the event was spent on the El Camino Trail with a tour led by Theresa Bowick, is a Registered Professional Nurse who lives near Conkey Avenue. Theresa is a Cruise Captain for the Conkey Cruisers, a grass-roots neighborhood bicycling program in a low income neighborhood in the City of Rochester. Theresa shared information about the program, the vision and mission and then led participants on a tour. The group stopped at several key locations along the way to discuss the El Camino Trail Project, neighborhood development, public health, and the Conkey Cruiser program. The most exciting stop of the tour was at the corner market, where Theresa gave two participants $5 and challenged them to purchase a healthy meal that would feed a family of four. Theresa explained this is a favorite stop for the children during the program and shared how important it is to teach the children about healthy eating and how to make wise decisions when shopping for food.
Bridging The Canal: An Olmsted Birthday Bash (Rochester)| April 24 The NY Upstate Chapter (Rochester Section) was a co-sponsor for the 194th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted. The Landmark Society’s Olmsted Subcommittee hosted the birthday bash for revered landscape architect and designer of Rochester’s parks system, Frederick Law Olmsted. Volunteers provided tours of Genesee Valley Park and showcased the concrete arch pedestrian bridges (listed on The Landmark Society’s Five to Revive list and the Preservation League of New York State’s Seven to Save). We celebrated with live music, food, and selfies with Olmsted!
Event Sponsors: Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the NYS Canal Corporation, Preservation League of New York State, New York Upstate ASLA, Highland Park Conservancy, Friends & Neighbors of Seneca Park
PARKing Day Charrette at ESF (Syracuse) | March 5 Upstate ALSA practitioners and LAND|scape Club students at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry met on Saturday, March 5th for the First Annual Parking Day Charrette. After a small meet and greet session, students and professionals split into groups to discuss and sketch their ideas for Parking Day 2016 on September 16th. Many ideas fit into the Upstate ASLA theme of natural connections while others took creative liberties. At the end of the session, each group presented their thoughts and everyone weighed in on what inspired them the most. The next step is integrating the ideas into a coherent design that can be made reality come September. If you are interested in taking part in LAND|scape Club PARKing Day events please contact Keenan Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Award Reception and Celebration (Syracuse) | February 5 Thank you to the (over 125) professionals, students, clients, family, and friends who joined us for one of the best celebrations and reunions ever! We had a fantastic evening reconnecting with old friends, meeting new, and celebrating the distinguished practitioners,students,and projects from our chapter. Congratulations on a fantastic 2015 and wishing all the best in 2016!