Welcome to Swillburg!

Swillburg_logoWelcome to the Swillburg Neighborhood! We are a small, vibrant, close-knit community of city neighbors who enjoy all that Rochester, NY has to offer.

Swillburg residents take pride in our historic homes, community gardens, and neighborhood events. We love our local businesses and take advantage of our proximity to Rochester’s numerous cultural and natural resources.

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A little taste of summer…


A little taste of summer: heirloom tomatoes ripening in the sun at Swillburg’s new organic vegetable garden at School #35.

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Annual Potluck: Sunday, June 7, 2pm @ Otto Henderberg Park


It’s that time of year, Swillburgers!

Join us for our annual potluck in Otto Henderberg Park. Sunday, June 7th at 2pm.

Details and RSVPs, as always, on https://swillburg.nextdoor.com.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Our new garden at School #35



The Swillburg Neighborhood Association broke ground on our new community garden at School #35. SNA members and volunteers from the University of Rochester helped raised a fence and build new beds for neighbors and students. In the coming days and weeks, the beds will be filled and planted, an arbor will be raised, and we’ll celebrate a new sunny space with an abundance of food.

There are many to thank: the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the City of Rochester (in particular the SE Service Center and City Horticulturalists), the staff and administrators at School #35 and the Rochester City School District, the Village of Pittsford, Salvatore’s of South Clinton, Lowe’s of Henrietta, The United Way of Rochester, and once again, of course, our volunteers.

We will be posting updates as the garden progresses. There are still several plots available for adoption for residents. Details, as always, are on swillburg.nextdoor.com.

More pictures at https://www.flickr.com/gp/98323776@N05/Qv3a45

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It’s that time of year again…

hpark1When you live right next to it, you don’t have to wait for a festival: Highland Park is changing by the day, and its nearly impossible to not run into a fellow Swillburger on any given afternoon. Daffodils, forsythia, magnolias (how fantastic they smell!), cherry blossoms…and now, the tulips, followed soon by the lilacs in all their glory.

A person would be forgiven for abandoning just about every non-essential activity at this time of year to enjoy the sights and smells of our treasured park. That’s why we find the following so remarkable:

  • over twenty neighbors volunteered during Clean Sweep last Saturday morning.
  • our first Swillburg Garden Tuesdays met at 6pm on Pembroke street this week. In an hour, we managed to pull every single maple seedling. It looks fantastic.
  • we have a great group of volunteers lined up to break ground at our new garden at School #35 this coming Thursday, May 14th at 9am, during United Way Day of Caring. In just a few short days, we’ll be offering organic vegetable plots to neighbors and helping students at the school grow their own seedlings.

As we were wrapping up Clean Sweep last weekend, a group of volunteers from Irondequoit shared its thoughts about being in our community. Our favorite quote from that day: “I want to live in this neighborhood. I’ve never before seen so many community members coming out to help.”

We live in a special place, don’t we?

Thanks to all of our volunteers, past, present, and future (yes, you reading this!) who continue to ensure that Swillburg remains that kind of place for all of us.

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Swillburg Clean Sweep: Saturday, May 2nd, 9am


Saturday, May 2nd is the citywide Clean Sweep. This event is a great way to become involved and meet your neighbors. Swillburg neighbors: we need your help with fixing up some of our local community gardens and cleaning up the litter on a few of our hard-hit streets.

Neighbors will meet at 9am at the Bloom Garden (located at the intersection of Monroe, Field, and Pembroke). The Swillburg Neighborhood Association will be providing refreshments. Bring a water bottle and your favorite gardening tool!

Details, as always, are at swillburg.nextdoor.com. Thank you and we hope to see you Saturday, May 2nd!

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