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 1- Group Hike at Mendon Ponds Park, hosted by the Genesee Valley Hiking Club
- March 3- Tuesday Trail Trot at Ellison Park, hosted by Trails ROC
- March 7- Group Hike at Durand Eastman Park, hosted by the Genesee Valley Hiking Club
- *March 7- Half & Full Marathon Training at Durand Eastman Park, hosted by Fleet Feet Sports
- March 8- Group Hike at Black Creek Park, hosted by the Genesee Valley Hiking Club
- March 8- Birding Hike at Ontario Beach Park, hosted by the Rochester Birding Association
- March 12- Thursday Headlamp Run at Webster Park, hosted by Trails ROC
- *March 14- Half & Full Marathon Training at Mendon Ponds Park, hosted by Fleet Feet Sports
- March 14- Group Hike at Tryon Park, hosted by the Genesee Valley Hiking Club
- March 19- Thursday Headlamp Run at Mendon Ponds Park, hosted by Trails ROC
- March 22- Birding Hike at Irondequoit Bay Marine Park/Durand Eastman Park/Ontario Beach Park, hosted by the Rochester Birding Association
- 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 more information, click here.
- Seasonal Parks Updates (As of 8am, Wednesday, March 2nd, 2015):
- Ice Skating: The ice skating rinks at Churchville, Ellison, and Highland Parks are open and will remain open from 10am until 10pm as conditions allow.
- Downhill Skiing: Hills at Northampton and Powder Mills Parks are open per Swain's hours, and groomed as needed. Conditions are excellent.
- Sledding: The designated sledding hills in 6 parks have variable, but significant amounts of snow, and 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: www.RXCSF.org. Conditions are updated daily.
Snow depths at Durand Eastman range between 10 and 44 inches.
Snow depths at Mendon Ponds Park snow depths range between 6 and 48 inches.
Snow depths at Webster Park range between 10 and 24 inches.
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: Is done at your own risk in the Monroe County Parks.
- Tennis and pickleball nets have been removed for the season at all Monroe County Parks, as of mid-November, 2014.
- Athletic fields are closed for rental for the season at all Monroe County Parks, as of November 1st, 2014.
- Horseback riding is not permitted during fall or winter in the Monroe County Parks.
- Dog Park News:
Off-leash Dog Parks: March Registration Hours
- Thursday, March 5th, 4-6pm: At Pet$aver Healthy Pet Superstore at 1596 Ridge Road West, Stoneridge Plaza, Rochester, NY, 14615.
- Thursday, March 12th, from 4-6pm: At Pet$aver Healthy Pet Superstore at 2947 Monroe Avenue, Monroe Clover Plaza, Rochester, NY, 14618.
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 www.henrietta.org. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, click here.
Winter Activities in the Monroe County Parks
*These activities are done at your own risk.
We all love our parks. Please help protect our parks and be responsible caretakers when enjoying the great outdoors.
- 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.