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.

Find information about, and maps for, each of the beautiful and unique Monroe County Parks by clicking on the Park link in the column on the left side of the screen. 


Parks Announcements & News       

The Monroe County Parks Administration Office will be closed on Monday, February 15th, in honor of Presidents' Day.

Calendar of Events In the Parks for:

Seasonal Parks Updates (As of 10am, Monday, February 8, 2016): 

    • Ice Skating- The ice Skating rinks at Churchville, Ellison, and Highland Parks are closed due to warm weather.

    • Downhill Skiing- Skiing at Northampton Park and Powder Mills Park are open per Swain Ski Center's regularly scheduled hours.

    • Sledding- Our designated sledding hills in Black Creek, Ellison, Mendon Ponds, Northampton, Powder Mills, and Webster Parks lost their snow in this recent warmup.

    • Cross-Country Skiing- This recent warmup melted all the snow at Durand Eastman, Mendon Ponds, and Webster Parks, where we have grooming. If we get sufficient snow, grooming can start again.  

    • Snowshoeing-  The recent warmup melted all our snow.  When there is sufficient snow, please avoid using groomed Cross-country ski trails.

    • Ice Fishing- There is not sufficient ice thickness.

    • For more information on Winter activities, please click here.

  • Swimming: Swimming at Ontario Beach will open for the 2016 season in late June.
  • Tennis and pickleball: Nets at Churchville, Ellison, Greece Canal, Ontario Beach, and Webster will go up for the 2016 season in early May.
  • Disc golf: Baskets at Churchville and Ellison Parks will open for the 2016 season in mid-April.

  • Athletic fields: Are closed for the winter season.  Spring season starts May 1st, 2016.  We started accepting Special Use Field Applications for spring, summer, and fall 2016 field usage on Friday, January 30th, 2016, at 8:30am.

  • Horseback riding:  We appreciate horseback riders avoiding trails that are groomed for cross-country skiing. 

  • Off-road Cycling: Permitted only in Tryon Park and Irondequoit Bay Park West and is strongly discouraged when trails are wet and/or muddy. 

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