A busy residential community along the Genesee River Gorge, the Edgerton Neighborhood offers character and convenience in the northwest quadrant of the city. The area was once home for city notables such as George Eastman and Margaret Woodbury, whose incredible toy collection later became the basis of The Strong National Museum of Play.
Edgerton consists primarily of single family homes and small apartment buildings, with dozens of distinctive older houses and buildings throughout. Residents enjoy close proximity to the Genesee Riverway Trail and the many restaurants and retail outlets along Lake Avenue. The neighborhood also boasts Jones Square Park, a beautiful tree-filled public square designed by the famed “Father of American Landscape Architecture” Frederick Law Olmsted.
At the heart of this neighborhood is Edgerton Park and the 100 year old Edgerton Community Center (The R-Center) and Stardust Ballroom. The park was once the site of Edgerton Park Sports Arena, home court of the 1951 NBA champion Rochester Royals basketball team. Today the R-Center offers a wide variety of recreational and cultural opportunities, including free dancing lessons and a community water spray park in the summer. It has been home to the remarkable Edgerton Model Railroad Room since 1950.
Edgerton is currently the focus of a promising revival anchored by dedicated residents, neighborhood associations, agencies, and the City of Rochester. Both Edgerton and adjoining Maplewood are working to assist refugees with resettlement and building connections with the neighborhood. The continued success of independent restaurants and businesses, such as The Saratoga Pharmacy, demonstrate the enduring spirit of community.
Maplewood Library: 1111 Dewey Ave., Rochester, NY 14613
Lyell Branch Library: 956 Lyell Ave., Rochester, NY 14606
Neighborhoods are living breathing entities, which can change over time. Although we have tried to capture the essence of this area, the Coalition will be reviewing information twice a year to determine if any updates should be made. If you have suggestions for an update, please contact us and we will consider it at the next review.