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 historic Dentzel Menagerie Carousel at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte, is open for the 2016 season.  Please see the press release here which includes hours of operation.

Calendars of Events In the Parks for:

Seasonal Parks Updates (As of noon, Wednesday, May 25th, 2016): 

  • Disc Golf: Baskets at Churchville and Ellison Parks are UP for the season until early November
  • Tennis and pickleball: Nets at Churchville, Ellison, Greece Canal, Ontario Beach, and Webster Parks are UP for the season.  ENJOY!
  • Athletic fields: Are open for the spring, summer, and fall seasons, weather-dependent.  Spring season started May 1st, 2016 and goes until June 25th.  Summer season goes from June 26th until September 3rd.  Fall season starts September 4th and goes until October 29th.  We do not permit usage during November through April.  We started accepting Special Use Field Applications for spring, summer, and fall 2016 field usage on Friday, January 30th, 2016, at 8:30am. 
  • Swimming: Swimming at Ontario Beach is open for the season (dependent on conditions) through and including Labor Day (Sep 5).
  • Off-road Cycling: Permitted only in Tryon Park and Irondequoit Bay Park West and is strongly discouraged when trails are wet and/or muddy. 

  • Boat Launch (motorized boats): The boat launch at Irondequoit Bay Marine Park will open for the season Friday, May 27th (fees will apply at that time).  Until then, the launch is not staffed, and can be used as-is.  There are  two docks in place now.  You can also put-in at the boat launch at the Port of Charlotte, near Ontario Beach Park, any time of year.  That launch is managed by the City of Rochester.

  • Winter Activities: Ice Skating, Downhill Skiing, Sledding, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice Fishing are all done for the 2015-2016 season.
    • For information on Winter activities, please click here.

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