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Going to the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que could soon be about more than ribs.

The city is moving forward with building the Promenade at Erie Harbor. It would have a pedestrian walkway that would cradle the Dinosaur, connecting the Court St. Bridge and the promenade.

The boardwalk would be 465 feet long and run along the Johnson Seymour Mill Race, which dates back to the early 1800s. The city is exploring using the race for electricity.  Construction on an adjacent park is expected to start this summer. The lot is now an unused mix of gravel and grass.

The promenade would be connected to the Genesee Riverway Trail and eventually the ROC Skatepark could be its immediate neighbor. Planners have likened it to Corn Hill Landing’s boardwalk.

The Promenade at Erie Harbor project is expected to cost about $2.5 million. The city sent out a request for proposals for the design phase, which will cost $480,000. The state is picking up some of the tab.

On the one hand, it seems like the pedestrian bridge is a bit unnecessary. Can’t people walk around the corner to get to the promenade? On the other hand, the bridge is supposed to provide beautiful views of the river and mill race.

Would these kinds of amenities encourage you to visit downtown more often?


10 Responses to The Bridge Around Dinosaur

  1. July 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm RaChaCha responds:

    This looks like a great project! The way the site is configured naturally suggests a feature like this, which I believe many people will enjoy.

  2. July 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm John Moriello responds:

    Let George Soros pay for it. If he has $140 mil to blow on the infamous back-to-school supplies initiative that was cover for a desperate bid to keep David Paterson in office, then he has the cash to pay for something that will greatly enhance the value of his restaurant.

  3. July 3, 2012 at 12:18 am Mittens responds:

    Very excited for this project.

  4. July 3, 2012 at 10:16 am Peking Humonculous responds:

    Very nice! Improving an unused area of the city in a way that both honors our city’s history and connects with one of the few successful businesses of our present day! Seems like a great idea to me! And no tax breaks needed to get it done? Two thumbs up!

  5. Most outsiders that look at Rochester suggest that the river is an under-appreciated/under-utilized resource for our area. I think that projects that emphasize it and make it more accessible are probably a good use of resources.

    I don’t know that an amenity like this would specifically trigger a visit downtown, but it may cause people to stop and stay a little longer. It also creates a much nicer impression for visitors than what’s there now.

    Infrastructure investments generally do have some positive impact for adjacent businesses – I’m not sure why that would be a bad thing. Dinosaur has been there for a bit and now we’re seeing some housing and restaurant development in the Capron Lofts area. Perhaps this encourages a bit more of that sort of development in the area. No?

  6. I’m all for the pedestrian bridge. Great views and the riverwalk loops get even less connected to streets. And yes, our entire downtown has been oriented away from the river. Look at the Convention Center block- a huge promenade along the river that doesn’t go through to Broad. That’s crazy. And why isn’t there a high end restaurant in the Convention Center with that big deck on the water?

  7. July 4, 2012 at 8:08 am Carlos Mercado responds:

    Excellent idea. Make our city great for its residents and people will want to come and share it.

  8. July 8, 2012 at 7:40 am Orielly responds:

    I thought the city had this HUGE deficit budget problem, they were short like 40M and could only come up with raising taxes as a solution to the deficit problem. As long as not knowing people cheer these un-necessary spending initiatives our taxes and govt waste will continue to grow dooming our city, state and country.

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