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Access to the Outdoors

El Camino Trail

The Thomas R. Frey Trail at El Camino is a rail-trail owned by the city that has become more than a trail. Now it’s a popular walking and biking venue in one of Rochester’s more economically stressed neighborhoods that connects people to the outdoors and to each other.

Under the leadership of a local nurse, El Camino became the home base for Conkey Cruisers, a creative neighborhood bicycling, fitness and health program that inspires neighborhood youth and elders to get outside and exercise to develop a healthy lifestyle. It also builds community recognition and pride.

It is also the setting for Genesee Land Trust’s Apprentice Program providing a first summer job for youth focused on conservation and stewardship of the trail, and El Camino Play, a summer program for youth with games, arts and free lunches supervised by neighborhood volunteers and Project HOPE staff.

Genesee Land Trust

New York

Partners: Conkey Cruisers, Ibero-American Action League, Project HOPE, City of Rochester

Staff: 3.5 FTE, All involved in programming

Genesee Trail

© Genesee Land Trust

“The partnership fostered discussions about accessibility and what we can do differently to better serve the needs of everyone in our community.”

Katie Carr, TerraCorps community engagement coordinator