Wednesday, June 27, 2007



CITY OF ROCHESTER, RTS, & RG&E Join in to Support Efforts

Mayor Robert J. Duffy joined Deputy Mayor Patricia Malgieri this morning to announce seven-day per week operations at Durand-Eastman Beach, starting today, and the initiation of operation "Cool Sweep" on Tuesday, June 26.

"We continue to receive tremendously positive feedback from the community. The beach has welcomed more than 2600 visitors since its opening at the end of May, said Mayor Duffy. "They are rediscovering this great natural resource and it's wonderful to see."

Mark Aesch, CEO of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) announced that RTS Route 5 weekend and holiday bus service would be provided to the beach starting June 30.

"More people are choosing public transportation to beat the high cost of gas and in Rochester, more customers are choosing RTS," said Aesch. "Our partnership with the City of Rochester during the summer months allows RTS to meet the increased demand for weekend service to Durand-Eastman Beach on the Route 5 St. Paul. We are pleased to be able to make the beach accessible to all city residents for just $1.25."

RTS's Rt. 5 St. Paul St. to Summerville route, will be extended from St. Paul, then easterly on Lakeshore Blvd. The route extension will loop at the Kings Highway and park road triangle area and back to St. Paul Blvd. A bus stop is located at the grassy area at the east end of Area A at the beach. (Schedule attached.)

The beach will operate seven days a week through September 2. For beach swimming closures, residents may call 753-5887. The County-operated telephone hotline is updated daily at 10:00am.

Bob Bergin, RG&E Director of Public Affairs, also joined the Mayor to announce their sponsorship of operation "Cool Sweep," for the second straight year. "Cool Sweep" is designed to provide relief from the heat for city residents who have limited access to swimming and bathing facilities. The initiative starts June 26.

"I want to thank RG&E. They continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to the community," said Mayor Duffy. "This innovative program helped keep our neighborhoods safe and cool throughout the summer last year. I'm proud to bring it back."

"Cool Sweep is a great opportunity for residents to enjoy the summer and feel relief from summer's heat. RG&E is pleased to again partner with Mayor Duffy and the City of Rochester to provide this service to the people of the city," said RG&E's Bob Bergin.

The City's "Cool Sweep" program runs Mon. - Sat., from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through Sept. 2, at a minimum of four locations when the temperature exceeds 85 degrees. The sites will be staffed by Recreation, Environmental Services staff and Fire Department personnel. In addition, the Rochester Police Department will patrol the areas.

The locations are:

— Edgerton Park, 41 Backus St.

— Gardiner Playground, 75 Grover St.

— Baden Park, 485 N. Clinton Ave.

— School # 41, 279 W. Ridge Rd.

— School # 7, 31 Bryan St. (On a variable basis)

During times of extreme heat the Rochester Fire Department may also dispatch additional apparatus to various neighborhoods to spray water using diffusers, depending on staff availability.

The City also maintains indoor and outdoor pool facilities and spray parks. The Mayor may extend the hours of operations depending on weather conditions, at the following locations:

Avenue D Pool, 200 Ave. D (428-7934)

— Carter Street Spray Park, 500 Carter St. (428-7890)

— Flint Street Pool, 271 Flint St. (428-7001)

— Fourth and Peck Spray Park, Fourth St. (428-7294)

— Humboldt Spray Park, 1045 Atlantic Ave. (428-7294)

— North Street Pool, 700 North St., (428-7149)

— Webster Avenue Pool, 530 Webster Ave. (428-7828)

The Rochester Public Libraries may also be made available for extended hours to provide a comfortable air conditioned environment for our senior citizens and persons with special needs.

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