Nathaniel Square

South Avenue and Alexander Street, Rochester, NY 14620

Nathaniel Square is a pocket park in the South Wedge. An ornate apartment building constructed in 1885, with four business establishments on the first floor, once stood there. It was demolished for unknown reasons. The land was a vacant lot that used to be magnet for local drug dealers and their late-night customers. In 1999 the new South Wedge Environment Enhancement Project (SWEEP) vowed to clean it up. SWEEP and its parent group, the South Wedge Planning Committee, raised more than $300,000 in state and corporate funds to build the park. Syracuse landscape architect Dudley Breed Jr. began work on the first designin 2001. The park opened in 2006, with brick walkways which lead to a small round plaza lined by hefty concrete benches.

In May 2008, sculptor Pepsy Kettavong unveiled the statue of Nathaniel Rochester as the park's centerpiece.

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Nathaniel Rochester Statue.jpgUnveiling of Nathaniel Rochester Statue in 2008 P1000859.JPG building at south and alexander.jpgThis apartment building once occupied the space where the Park now is


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