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         

  • Events Coming Up at The Parks: 

  • March 24- Tuesday Trail Trot at Lucien Morin Park, hosted by Trails ROC
  • March 26- Thursday Headlamp Run at Durand Eastman Park, hosted by Trails ROC
  • *March 28- Spring Forward Distance Run at Mendon Ponds Park, hosted by YellowJacket Racing
  • March 28- Critter Challenge at Seneca Park Zoo, hosted by the Seneca Park Zoo Society Docents
  • March 28- Group Hike at Mendon Ponds Park, hosted by the Genesee Valley Hiking Club
  • March 29- Group Hike at Greece Canal Park, hosted by the Genesee Valley Hiking Club
  • *March 29- Trails with Zach Snowshoe Hike at Mendon Ponds Park, hosted by Fleet Feet Sports 
*Indicates registration required through host organization
For a full spring calendar, including contact information for each event organizer, click HERE. 


  • Seasonal Parks Updates (As of 9am, Tuesday, March 23rd, 2015): 
    • Ice Skating: The ice skating rinks at Churchville, Ellison, and Highland Parks are closed for the season. Thanks for a GREAT season. 
    • Downhill Skiing: Hills at Northampton and Powder Mills Parks are closed for the season.  Thanks to Swain Ski Center for another great season!
    • Sledding: The designated sledding hills in 6 parks have minimal snow remaining, but can be used as-is, during regular park hours. 
    • Cross-Country Skiing: Monroe County Parks has the Rochester Cross Country Ski Foundation groom the snow at Mendon Ponds, Webster, and Durand Eastman Parks.   This non profit group posts the conditions on each of the trails on their website:   Conditions are updated daily.  

      • Snow depths at Durand Eastman range between 10 and 14 inches on the trails, and between 10 and 44 inches in the woods.

      • Snow depths at Mendon Ponds Park range between 2 and 6 inches on the trails, and between 6 and 20 inches in the woods.

      • Snow depths at Webster Park range between 0 and 6 inches on the trails, and 0 and 6 inches in the woods.  

    • Snowshoeing:  Can be done on park trails and fields as conditions allow, but snowshoers are asked to travel alongside groomed cross country ski trails.

    • Ice Fishing: With melting and warm temps, ice conditions are unsafe and deteriorating.

    • Tennis and pickleball nets at Churchville, Ellison, Greece Canal, Ontario Beach, and Webster Parks will go up for the 2015 season when conditions allow (likely by early May)
    • Disc golf baskets at Churchville and Ellison Parks will go up for the 2015 season as conditions allow (likely by mid to late April).
    • Athletic fields will open for the season, if conditions allow, on Sunday, April 5th, 2015. 
    • Horseback riding is not permitted during fall or winter in the Monroe County Parks.
  • Dog Park News:
    • Off-leash Dog Parks: April Registration Hours

      • Thursday, April 2nd, 4-6pm: At Pet$aver Healthy Pet Superstore at 1596 Ridge Road West, Stoneridge Plaza, Rochester, NY, 14615.
      • Thursday, April 9th, from 4-6pm: At Pet$aver Healthy Pet Superstore at 2947 Monroe Avenue, Monroe Clover Plaza, Rochester, NY, 14618.
      • Sunday, April 12th, 1-3pm: Greece Canal Park, off Elmgrove Road, in the Park Office, which is just inside the park, on the left.
      • Sunday, April 19th, 9-11am: Ellison Park, off Blossom Road, in Creekside Lodge, which is on the north side of the park.
    • All new registrations are 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.  Dogs must be at least 6 months of age to qualify to register.

    • **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.
  • Monroe County Shared Use Trails- Pilot Program Final Report

The Department of Parks has received and reviewed the Monroe County Shared Use Trails Pilot Program Final Report from our consultant Environmental Design & Research (EDR).  Representatives of EDR and the Department of Parks will make a presentation on the report at the December Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting on Thursday, December 18th at 4:00 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Auditorium, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620.  All are welcome to attend.

Members of the PAC will formally review this report at the December Meeting.  Public comment and questions on this report will be solicited at the meeting as well. If you are unable to attend but still wish to make a comment on the report prior to the meeting, you are welcome to do so by sending an e-mail to:

For more information, click here

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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