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The Living Loving Rochester, NY Series – Article 7
This park and the Rose Garden are special to me. They are featured in my upcoming book, The Diary of Sergeant Stark. Frank Stark is a cop in Rochester, NY. Can Frank Stark escape his haunting demons or will they control him?
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The Maplewood Park extends two miles, consisting of three parks and a Rose Garden: Lower Falls Overlook Park (Driving Park Ave), Middle Maplewood (Seneca Parkway), Upper Maplewood (Maplewood Ave).
The Maplewood Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted to offer better views to the Genesee River and its falls. Olmsted, a well-known landscape architect, also designed Central Park in NYC with his partner Calvert Vaux.
Frank Stecher (1849 – 1916) was dedicated a marble fountain on the grounds of the Rose Garden in 1958. He was an immigrant from Germany, who specialized in lithography. He was the first lithographer to use a two-color offset press, which was popular with postcards in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1886, Stecher created the Stecher Lithograph Company. It was originally located at 336 North Saint Paul Street, later relocating to 246 North Goodman Street due to expansion. And yes, per the historical records in Rochester Saint Paul Street was referred to as North Saint Paul. He took that knowledge to Japan in 1894 and established the first lithograph plant in that country called the Oriental Printing Company.
The Rose Garden features more than 3,000 rose bushes across one acre of land. Make sure you have a visit and go for a walk. It’s always good to smell the roses. Share your comments about the parks you’ve been too.
Thank you to http://www.cityofrochester.gov/maplewoodpark/ for some of the information included in this short article.