Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Seeking Non-profits for Partnership Program

Mark your calendar for the Seventh Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, November 20-22 at the Rochester Community House. The Festival of Trees kicks off with the Cocktail Preview on Friday, November 20, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Tickets are $50 per person/$85 per couple. The event will be open to the public November 21 & 22.  Admission is free.  Santa will be on hand both Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Proceeds … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester offers a Taste of Fall

Starting Tuesday, September 8, over 20 restaurants will have fall inspired entrees, drinks, and desserts on their menu to try. The Taste of Fall promotion runs from September 8 – October 19. Pick up the Taste of Fall brochure at the Downtown Collaboration Studio or any of the participating businesses.  “There are so many yummy fall options,” said Kristi Trevarrow, Executive Director of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority, “the challenge will be to figure out which dish is … [Read more...]

Rochester Municipal Park Has Been the Place to Play for 85 Years

The Avon Park dam formed a popular swimming hole. The dam and bridge were dismantled in the 1980s. (From the Archives of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm) Eighty-five years ago this summer, Rochester residents dedicated a new recreation spot on Paint Creek. Built on the site of a bankrupt dairy farm and a long-abandoned millrace, Avon Park—now Rochester Municipal Park—quickly became a favorite place for area residents to swim, picnic, and play. The property on which Rochester … [Read more...]

Rochester Receives National Accreditation

Rochester has been named an Accredited 2020 Main Street America Program. This is the 15th consecutive year of national accreditation for Rochester. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been a member of Main Street Oakland County since 2000. “Rochester continues to exemplify a model downtown organization that has been successful in managing its historic downtown for two decades”, commented John Bry, Main Street Oakland County Program Coordinator. “As a past Great American … [Read more...]

Royal Park Hotel Prepares to Re-Open

The Royal Park Hotel recently announced its plans to re-open May 18 with a three-phase approach allowing both employees and guests to engage safely following recommended guidelines surrounding COVID-19. The first phase of the hotel’s opening plan will be to offer overnight accommodations, carryout, and curbside pick-up from the hotel's restaurant PARK 600, along with a “Work from Our Home” daily self-meeting package. Over the past six weeks the Royal Park Hotel team has worked diligently … [Read more...]

Royal Park Hotel wins AAA Best of Housekeeping Award

Royal Park Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel located in Downtown Rochester, MI, has received AAA’s  Best of Housekeeping award, which recognizes properties across the country that significantly surpass AAA’s high standards of cleanliness. Royal Park Hotel is among only 25% of the 27,000 hotels AAA inspects nationwide to earn this distinction. To receive the award, hotels must demonstrate excellent housekeeping on two consecutive inspections and be free of AAA member complaints. “It all … [Read more...]

GFL to Continue Yard Waste Pick Up in Rochester and Rochester Hills

Yard Waste Pick-up Schedule for Week of April 13 Altered Slightly The Cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills has clarified the status of its yard waste pick-up schedule with Green For Life (GFL), the Cities' waste disposal and recycling contractor. While there were some reports that GFL would temporarily suspend yard waste pick-up beginning Monday, April 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak, GFL has clarified that yard waste pick-up will continue in both cities and in other Michigan … [Read more...]

Join the Rochester Birthday Club

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is partnering with Rochester Police and Fire to help children in the community celebrate their special day by creating the Rochester Birthday Club to help the City's children celebrating a birthday in the month of April. Click the link and fill out the requested information, and on the day and time of your choosing either the Fire Department or Police Department (your choice) will send a vehicle to stop in front of your home to celebrate … [Read more...]

Free Parking in Downtown Rochester

Free Parking in City Parking Decks and at Meters Thru April 13 The City of Rochester has suspended parking collections through April 13 and is forgoing collecting hourly fees at public decks, metered parking lots, and metered street parking. This should allow easier access to businesses to get carryout food, essential items, and medication. Click here for Carryout/Delivery Guide … [Read more...]

Apply to Serve on a City Board or Commission in Rochester

The City of Rochester is seeking applicants for various boards and commissions. Please fill out an application and submit by Wednesday, April 8, 2020 for first consideration. If you are interested in serving on a City of Rochester Board or Commission, please fill out a Boards and Commissions Application at www.rochestermi.org/bcapp More information on each board and commission can be found on pages 4 and 5 of the application document. To submit, download the application and fill out … [Read more...]