On the trail behind Cobbs Hill Village

On the trail behind Cobbs Hill Village
Trail 10

artist’s rendition of completed complex from The Cobbs Hill Village Project

Recently, we have seen a spate of improvements at Cobb’s Hill. A Youth Challenge Course was installed, a Dog Park built and the basketball courts redone and renamed.

Youth Fitness Challenge

Youth Challenge Course

Trail 7

Dog Park

Trail 8

Basketball Courts

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Letter to the City Newspaper

Now — based on a recent city council vote — there will most likely be another improvement that I hope is an improvement: the renovation,. modernization and expansion of Cobbs Hill Village.

I am ambivalent about the project.  From a strictly personal perspective, I would consider living in a modernized village.  As seen in the COBBS HILL SERIES (BELOW), I ceaselessly use the park and living in the Village would well compliment my lifestyle. In the summertime, I umpire on the softball fields next to the Village. What a quick commute to work!

My other ambivalence stems from whether or not the project will improve affordable housing in Rochester or ultimately shrink the stock.

City Newspaper

City Newspaper

As described in the CITY article by Mary Anna Towler and Jeremy Moule, in the short term low income tenants will have improved housing. But, as the current tenants pass on, affordable housing at the complex may be squeezed out by market rate apartments. Time will tell.

On one point, I am pretty certain.  The expanded facility will detract from the ambience of the park.  The proposed complex is not unattractive but will dominate that section of the park and bring more traffic.  The expansion will cut back on the amount of wooded and grassy space.

Recently, I spoke with a man who plays basketball almost everyday next to the Village. When I explained the changes, he was opposed. He pointed how unobtrusively the Village blends in with its environment.  He likened it to Letchworth Park where there might be a few buildings here or there, but do not detract from the experience.

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Cobbs Hill Village next to the basketball courts

I also worry about the tree lined trail behind the Village. The trail runs from the tennis courts, along the slope of the hill, and then to a path that ultimately ends at the entrance to Washington Grove.

Beginning of Trail

Beginning of Trail

The trail is serene, tranquil and bucolic. The Village below barely registers to walkers or bikers.

Trail 9

Behind the Village

Behind the Village

Behind the Village

Trail 3 featured

End of the trail

I hope the trail remains serene, tranquil and bucolic as the Village beneath it expands.


Adding the very first shot at the Tony Boler Courts, 9:07 a.m., to the Cobb’s Hill series

Adding a SOTA baseball game and the Air Horn guy to the Cobb’s Hill series

Keeping score at Cobb’s Hill

Adding a snow day to the Cobb’s Hill series

Adding Yeshiva football to the Cobb’s Hill series

In search of Talker on Cobb’s Hill for “The Day of Wrath”

The Graffiti Towers of Washington Grove: A Photographic Gallery

Adding a wooded haven to the Cobb’s Hill series with a stroll through Washington Grove

Adding a March blizzard to the Cobb’s Hill series

172 years ago when the Millerites trudged down Cobb’s Hill

42 years and counting for the Kick Ass Kro-Kay Club of Cobb’s Hill

Once more into the breech on the banks of Lake Riley

Flowering Upper Monroe

Ultimate spring fever at Cobb’s Hill

On a mound at Cobb’s Hill! And how the City of Rochester handles its loose leaves.

Cobb’s Hill welcomes the Ninth Cobb’s Hill Cyclocross

Diehards and the Cobb’s Hill Tennis Courts

Back to normalcy at Cobb’s Hill basketball

Rochester’s own street ball Rucker League

The 8th Annual Festival of Softball: After 800 Innings the “Tribute to Noah” nears $100,000

That Championship Season thirty five years later

The Cobb’s Hill tragedy of an “invisible man” ten years later

On the 22nd of October, 1844 on top of Cobb’s Hill

About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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