The Cove

Activating and beautifying underutilized public spaces like alleys integrates exciting and healthy public spaces into our existing urban environments. It also tends to increase the perception of safety and reduce unwanted behaviors in those areas. 

Since 2018, the Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) has been working to re-purpose the 3rd Street Alley (300 block between 3rd and 4th Streets SW) in Downtown Rochester by integrating art and design installations into the space. The resulting space became known as, "The Cove" a partnership  between the RDA , Art Heads Emporium, and Cafe Steam. The Cove has since become a space that locals and visitors take photos, spend time, and appreciate art.

See what's happening and share your photos in The Cove on Facebook and Instagram.


The Cove Mural Installation: October 17, 2019

Organically YoursLeah Bee and Liz Forsman


Vinyl Wrapping of Alley Doors with Art

Artworks (left to right): 
Charley Mayo Would strap Canada Geese to His Back and Spend Sunday Afternoons Gliding the Mighty ZumbroChad Allen 
ImpalaMaggie Panetta


Are you an alley business or property owner and want to get involved?

The RDA works with alley businesses and property owners through a Façade Improvement Grant to incorporate additional design aspects. 

Please contact info@downtownrochestermn.com or 507-216-9882 for more information or partnership opportunities.