Irondequoit Community Center

IntroductionCommunity Center Overall Plans

Over the last two decades, various Town administrations have explored community/recreation center concepts, but none moved forward due to concerns over long-term costs. The potential public-private partnership at Skyview on the Ridge presents a unique opportunity to deliver this long-desired amenity to the residents of Irondequoit in an affordable manner.

In August 2017, Angelo Ingrassia, the new owner of the former Mall announced plans to redevelop the 1-million square foot site, rebranding the project “Skyview on the Ridge.” At Supervisor Seeley’s request to allow town residents to play a part in the redevelopment of the site, Mr. Ingrassia generously agreed to donate approximately 50,000 square feet of the facility for the Town to redevelop into a community center.


Your Input Is Needed

Online Survey - Please fill out the online survey to share your input

Email - At any time, you may submit comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Based on comments and inquiries we’ve received from the public so far, we have developed FAQs to provide answers to the most commonly asked questions. We will continue to add to this section as additional questions arise.

Please click here for our Frequently Asked Questions


What’s Next?

Advisory Committee - The Advisory Committee continues to meet (in person and via email) to discuss comments received at the public meeting and through the engagement process.

Focus Groups - A series of small group meetings with specific user groups will be conducted by the project facilitator to gain insight regarding site specific needs.

Public Meeting - The Town will be scheduling a second public information session sometime in January to share draft findings and recommendations reached through the engagement process. Specific meeting information will be posted here and via other Town outreach methods (e.g. social media, press release, email blasts) as soon as the arrangements are finalized.


Past Meetings:

November 30, 2017

As the Town considers the development of a community recreation center at the Skyview on the Ridge site, we are seeking the community’s input on the potential amenities and services that could be offered at a newly renovated facility. This initial meeting included an overview of the physical space allotted for this future use and interactive sessions where residents and interested stakeholders helped prioritize potential community center offerings.

The information from session will inform the Advisory Committee and Town Board with a direction for the community recreation center.

Click here to view the PowerPoint from the November 30 Public Info. Meeting

November 30, 2017 - Community Center Public Workshop from ICAT on Vimeo.

Memorial Tributes

Bertha Gawens PhotoBertha Gawens

Bertha Gawens was an Irondequoit Police Department School Crossing Guard assigned to the school crossing at St. Paul Blvd and Thorncliffe Dr. She crossed many children each day, getting to know them well.

In 1982, while crossing three children she heroically placed herself in front of an oncoming car that had run a red light. Ms. Gawens was struck by the vehicle as she did her best to push the children out of harms way. She suffered severe injuries that placed her in a coma for five (5) years until she passed away.

This memorial sign is in recognition of her care of children and the sacrifice that she made for their safety. She was truly Dedicated to Service.

To learn more about this story and Ms. Gawens, please click here for the Democrat & Chronicle's article from March 29, 2017.

TOWN HALL & REALTOR COMMUNITY PARTNER TO PROMOTE IRONDEQUOIT

Supervisor Dave Seeley announced a partnership between the Town of Irondequoit and a coalition of Irondequoit-based realtors to cooperatively promote and market the Community. The initiative, the first implementation of a long-planned “Market Irondequoit” campaign, will highlight the town’s strengths and assets, particularly those of interest to prospective home buyers. This will ultimately include working with the school districts and the business community.

“If you are a family in the area looking to purchase your first home, I want Irondequoit to be on the short list of communities,” said Supervisor Seeley. “We have so many strengths in Irondequoit that make this a wonderful place to live, raise a family and age in place. Our many dedicated realtors and Town Hall share a common goal: to promote the town. This partnership will help better focus that effort."

Over the past several weeks, with input from various realtors engaged in the Irondequoit market, the Town developed a brochure to promote the town’s strengths, including its: tree-lined neighborhoods, strong police department, recent investments in town amenities and strong school systems. The brochure would ideally be disseminated to prospective home buyers at open houses and available for realtors at their request or in a printable form. An interactive version is available online.

Initial members of the coalition include:

  • Al Kerstein, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Keller Williams Realty GR
  • Nancy Semal, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Re/Max Plus
  • Erica Walther Schlaefer, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Keller Williams Reality GR
  • Catherine M. Bianchi, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Nothnagle Realtors
  • David Krause, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Re/Max Realty Group
  • Elaine Pelissier, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Keller Williams Realty GR

The goal of this coalition will be to provide a two-way line of communication between Town Hall and the many realtors who attract new residents into Irondequoit. A community meeting of realtors will be planned for the coming months.

“Over the past year, I have come to greatly appreciate my relationship with the many realtors who sell properties in Irondequoit,” said Seeley. “They understand what is going through the mind of someone looking to buy a home. I feel our realtors can both validate certain things going on in Irondequoit, as well to provide honest feedback on things we might do better.”

Drug-Free Irondequoit: Together
(D-FI: Together)

D-FI: Together is a community based coalition focused on bringing local stakeholders together to develop and support efforts to decrease the prevalence of drug usage in our community through; increased awareness of the issue, support of evidence based prevention efforts and treatment support efforts that help those affected to recover and live a healthy, drug free lifestyle.

 

D-FI's Facebook Page

 

D-FI: Together is conducting an anonymous survey to learn more about how Irondequoit residents view underage substance abuse. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at: D-FI Adult Perception Survey  (last day for submissions is June 1st)

 

Vision Statement: The vision of D-FI: Together is to create systemic change of beliefs, attitudes, perceptions and practices associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs among youth, their families and the community at large, in order to build a safe, healthy and drug free community.

 

Mission Statement: D-FI: Together will establish and strengthen collaboration among multiple community sectors to develop and support the implementation of programs and activities related to prevention, education and reduction of youth substance use by:

  • Acting as a channel for programs and information relating to healthy non-addictive lifestyles,
  • Assessing and reporting the needs of our community through evidence based effective practices, and
  • Addressing gaps revealed by these reports.

Supervisor Seeley’s Press Release (Dec. 2016) announcing the formation of this coalition: Irondequoit Community Combating Youth Drug Addiction

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What does D-FI do? D-FI members regularly meet to facilitate various efforts within the group, such as; the implementation of a survey to assess the current perception of local residents regarding substance use among teens/young adults, applications for grant funding to support local substance use treatment agencies, working with local school districts to improve education on substance abuse.

 

Who is involved in D-FI?

  • The Town of Irondequoit: Supervisor Dave Seeley
  • Irondequoit Police Department: Chief Richard Tantalo
  • Irondequoit Parents
  • Irondequoit Students
  • The Finger Lakes Prevention Resource Center
  • East Irondequoit Central School District
  • West Irondequoit Central School District
  • Bishop Kearney High School
  • Veterans Outreach Center
  • Irondequoit Kiwanis
  • Irondequoit Rotary
  • Irondequoit Ministerial Association
  • Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce
  • National Guard Counterdrug Task Force
  • Irondequoit Town Advocacy Group (ITAG)
  • Irondequoit Residents

How can I get involved? If you’re interested in attending a meeting or providing support in any way, please contact the D-FI’s chair, Virginia “Ginny” Nacy, at, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or, contact the Town’s Constituent Services Coordinator, Pat Pinkerton, at, 336-6029.

 

Local News & Events related to Substance Abuse Prevention:

  • Democrat & Chronicle article features ROCovery Fitness, a local nonprofit that uses physical exercise as a tool to support those emerging from active drug and alcohol use, now has its own facility in Rochester to provide recovery resources and fitness classes. To learn more read the full story ROCovery Fitness gets city homeor visit their website at, www.rocoveryfitness.org

For a list of MonroeCountyCertified Treatment Providers:

Please visit, National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence - Rochester Area

 

Irondequoit Neighborhoods

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Included below please find a map illustrating the boundaries of neighborhood groups which are both currently established and those that are in initial formation stages (in green), as well as the proposed names and boundaries of neighborhoods which have not yet been organized (in gray). All those within the general vicinity of the area are welcome to get involved.

Contact information for those groups which are already active is listed below. For more information on current neighborhood associations in Irondequoit go to http://www.irondequoitneighborhoods.org/

The town is standing by with support residents for who live in neighborhoods without active groups and are interested in getting one underway. To get started, simply review the Neighborhood Association Guidebook and then contact Constituent Services Coordinator, Pat Pinkerton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how you can help.

Interested in starting your own association but don't know where to start? Quick Start Guide