As part of a series, the GRTC is grading local tracks to provide our members with knowledge of where they can do their track work. The City School District recommends that you contact the athletic director of that facility before you use their track, whereas they have liability concerns. Phone listings are under “City School District” in the white pages. Always give way to school sports groups using the track. Be aware that some of the City of Rochester tracks are locked after hours or when not in use by school programs to guard against vandalism. We’ve graded the tracks based upon paved or not, maintenance, accessibility, parking, and overall feel. If you’ve run one of these tracks and want to add your 2 cents, email Mike Warner at email@example.com
Track Work: City of Rochester Part I – by Mike Warner
Charlotte Middle School (my alma mater – back when)
At 4115 Lake Avenue in Charlotte. You may park in the small school lot off of Atwell St., at the northwest corner of the school – it’s a short walk to the track on the upper level of the back campus. DO NOT park on Atwell St. or Hewitt St., you could be ticketed. This is a good local track, nicely paved, wide-open area, lots of grass infield and out. It is fenced and gated but frequently open. Charlotte has a very large and beautiful campus where you can do an extensive grass runs as well. This school was originally built as a Jr/Sr High School and has the High School feel to it.
Frederick Douglass Middle School
At 940 Fernwood Park off of Waring Road. Good parking in the school lot on Fernwood. This track also has a high school feel to it. It’s a great paved surface with newly painted lanes with a very “open” feel to it. While closed and locked during school hours, it’s usually open to the community nights and weekends. The downside is it’s heavily used by youth and adult sports teams (soccer, football) who have permits – so give way to them. It’s a large campus with lots of nicely cut grass for off track runs.
James Madison School of Excellence
Located on 200 Genesee Street, north of Jim Dalberth’s Sporting Goods and south of St. Mary’s/Bulls Head. This is a beautiful, well-maintained, paved track. It’s the most open of all of the City tracks, probably because it’s part of the SW Community Center campus. The downside is that there are often events scheduled there. Parking is on all 4 sides of the campus. Parking on Epworth St. (backside of the campus) will allow you to see your car. The track is neither fenced nor gated with no surrounding buildings hiding it.
East High School
1801 East Main Street at Culver. This is a beautiful track, well maintained.
Benjamin Franklin High School
950 Norton Street at the corner of Hudson Avenue, just south of the Keeler St. Expressway. This facility has a recently resurfaced track and is rated as one of the best facilities in the area. The track area is fenced and gated (locked) frequently owing to vandalism but when I went there on a Saturday I found the gate between the school and the track (north side of the school) open and runners using it. There’s a good parking lot off of Kilmar St. which runs off of Norton on the east side of the campus.
Edison Technical and Occupational Education Center
655 Colfax Street off Lexington Avenue across from Kodak’s Distribution Center and just off Route 390. There’s lots of parking off of Colfax St. This is a very nice looking paved track in a very open area. Like Charlotte, it is situated on a large, well maintained grass campus, perfect for off track/softer jogging. The facility is heavily fenced and gated, but I did find two open gates on a Saturday with local folks using the track and hitting golf balls.
Wilson Magnet High School
501 Genesee Street and Arnett Blvd., just north of Jim Dalberth’s. Wilson does not have a track facility but I am told it has a nice sprinter’s lane.
John Marshall High School
At 180 Ridgeway Avenue, between lake Ave. and Dewey Ave.. Marshall does have an informal track, which looks like red cinder with some grass encroaching on it. But it was dry and clean. There is a very nice paved sprinter’s track. But the facility is highly fenced, gated and very locked. Very limited parking.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
This track facility is maintained by the City Recreation Department. It’s located at Edgerton Park between the City Recreation buildings and Jefferson Middle School. There’s an open parking lot off Dewey Avenue just south of Emerson St. The track is painted concrete with eight narrow lanes marked. There’s no ‘crest’, so the track accumulates water after a rain. The field is fenced but the track is easy to get to. Only short spikes or flat running shoes allowed.
Track Work: Town of Greece Part II – by Roger Howe
Greece Arcadia High School
Located at 120 Island Cottage Road, Greece, behind the school. The track is a 400-meter all-weather, open to the public when not in use for school functions.
Greece Olympia High School
Located at 1139 Maiden Lane, Greece, behind the school. The track is a 400-meter all-weather track, open to the public when not in use for school functions.
Greece Apollo Middle School
Located at 750 Maiden Lane, Greece, behind the school. The track is a 400-meter all-weather track, open to the public when not in use for school functions.
Greece Athena High School
Located at 800 Long Pond Road, Greece, behind the school. The track is a 400-meter all-weather track. It is inside a locked, high fence, and not normally open for use by the public.
Track Work: Town of Henrietta Part III – by Paul Kato
The public is allowed out on the tracks after any school event has been completed. It is basically open to anyone, even if they don’t live in Henrietta. There is a small gate to get through (which is open all the time). The gate is small enough so bikes cannot fit through. They don’t allow roller blades or bikes, etc. There is also a bar that swings open during off hours that stays open on lane one to keep traffic off (to protect the wear and tear).
Rush-Henrietta High School
1799 Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta
Roth Middle School
4000 East Henrietta Road
Track Work: Town of Webster Part IV – By Dave Malecki
The following facilities in the town of Webster are available to runners (and walkers) when not being used by the school district:
Webster Schroeder High School
An outdoor track located behind the building at 875 Ridge Road. The surface is cinder, ¼ mile long and is located in an open area. There is plenty of parking in the school parking lot.
Webster Thomas High School
A 400-meter long 6 lane outdoor track located next to the building on Publishers Parkway, across from the Ice Arena. The surface is artificial; the track was built in 2001 and is in wonderful shape. There is a gate that is usually open, and grandstands. There is plenty of parking in the school parking lot.
This track is my favorite and is located not far from the route 104 multi-use path.
Partnership Field House at Webster Thomas High School
The field house has limited hours open during nights and weekends. A fee is charged; as of 3/2003 it is $3.00 for residents and $5.00 for non-residents. Track has a rubber surface, is 4 lanes and about 12 laps to the mile. Runners must be cautious of other activities going on in the field house such as basketball and volleyball. See the Webster School District website regarding the Webster Community Partnership that makes this track available for runners: http://www.websterschools.org.
Track Work: Town of Irondequoit Part V – By Laurie Smith
West Irondequoit High School
West Irondequoit High School has their track open 7 days/week from dawn to dusk.
Additional track information for other facilities will be added as it is compiled.
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