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         

This Week's Events at The Parks: 

  • October 24 - Mum Show begins at the Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park
  • October 25- ZooBoo at Seneca Park Zoo, hosted by the Seneca Park Zoo Society
  • October 26- ZooBoo at Seneca Park Zoo, hosted by the Seneca Park Zoo Society
  • October 26- Make Every Woman & Girl Count 5K Race/Walk at Genesee Valley 
    Park, hosted by the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley

For more information, click here

Dog Park News:

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

  • All new registrations up until October 31, 2014 will be good only until the end of 2014. Starting on November 1, 2014, we will offer registrations good through the end of 2015.

  • **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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