Parks Department

Contact Information

Lawrence A. Staub, Jr.



Department of Parks

171 Reservoir Avenue
Rochester, New York

Office Hours:
M - F, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: 585 753-PARK (7275)
Fax: 585 753-7284



Parks Mission

The Monroe County Parks Department is comprised of dedicated staff working with community partners in effectively and efficiently providing an array of park services. This ensures that everyone may enjoy recreational and educational opportunities while treasuring the natural, zoological, horticultural, historical and geological features of the Monroe County Parks System.

Parks Announcements & News         

Monroe County Parks Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27th, and Friday, November 28th, in observance of Thanksgiving. The offices will reopen on Monday, December 1st. 

Events at The Parks Through Thanksgiving Weekend: 

  • November 22- The Gobble Wobble for Autism 5K at Mendon Ponds Park, hosted by the Girl Scouts of Western New York
  • November 23- PGUNYXC Championship Day Race at Mendon Ponds Park, hosted by the Genesee Valley Harriers Running Club.
  • November 27- Turkey Trot at Webster Park, hosted by Fleet Feet Sports/Yellowjacket Racing.
  • November 29- RT Turkey Run at Mendon Ponds Park, hosted by Genesee ValleyHarriers Running Club.

For more information, click here

Seaonal Parks Updates (As of November 21st): 

  • Disc Golf baskets at Ellison have been removed for the season. They are still up at Churchville Park until next week.
  • Tennis and pickleball nets have been removed for the season at all Monroe County Parks.
  • Athletic fields are closed for rental as of November 1st.
  • Horseback riding is not permitted during fall or winter.
  • Ice skating rinks, sledding hills, cross country ski trails, and downhill ski hills will open for the 2014-2015 season as conditions allow.

Dog Park News:

  • Off-leash Dog Parks: December On-Site Registration Hours TBD

  • As of November 1, 2014, all new registrations are good through the end of 2015!

  • 2015 Renewals for current registered dogs will be sent out by late November. 

  • **Please note: You must bring documentation of the dog's license from your town of residence (not the metal tag) and of the dog's rabies vaccination from your veterinarian or clinic.  We can photograph the originals if you do not have copies for us to keep.

  • **NEW DOG PARK!** The Town of Henrietta has opened a legal off-leash Dog Park, too!  It is called Lookup Park, and it is located at 3850 East Henrietta Road.  For more information, please visit The registration process, rules, guidelines, etc. are the same as the Monroe County Parks' Dog Parks.

Ontario Beach Park:

  • Swimming is now closed for the season at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte.
  • The historic Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park is still open for the season on weekends only from 12-9pm, and will run through Columbus Day.  

Movies in the Parks:

  • FREE Movies in the Parks is completed for the 2014 summer season, as of July 24th, 2014. Please check back for next season's details!

Quick Links

Winter Activities in the Monroe County Parks

*These activities are done at your own risk.

Conservation Corner

We all love our parks.  Please help protect our parks and be responsible caretakers when enjoying the great outdoors.

Field Guides

  • ​Check out this "birding checklist" to keep track of the birds you see in the Monroe County Parks  (compliments of the Rochester Birding Association).
  • Check out this "horticulture checklist" to keep track of the trees, plants, flowers, and shrubs you see in the Poet's Garden of Highland Park, and the park itself (compliments of the Highland Park Conservancy).

Monroe County Emerald Ash Borer Task Force (MCEABTF) Information

The Monroe County Parks Department, in cooperation with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation coordinates the MCEABTF.  This is a volunteer organization of forestry professionals, scientists, natural resource managers, local officials, and private citizens. MCEABTF has organized to facilitate a science-based response to the economic, ecological, and public safety impacts within the forests and communities of Monroe County.

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