Pick Up the Parks Event

The 6th annual Pick Up the Parks Event 

is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th, 2015

  • 9am-noon (Cleanup in all Monroe County-managed Parks)

  • noon-2pm (Thank You Picnic in Olmsted Lodge at Highland Park

  • Official Press Release can be found here.

  • Please note that Genesee Valley Park and Mendon Ponds Park are FULL.  If you would like to volunteer for the 6th annual PUTP, please choose a different park.  We value your time and want to ensure that there's work for you at your chosen park.

  • Click HERE for the 2015 PUTP Poster

  • Click HERE for the 2015 PUTP Publicity Flyer

  • Click HERE for the 2015 Day-of Details Document (DoDD)

  • Click HERE for the 2015 Volunteer Registration Form (VRF)

  • Click HERE for the 2015 Volunteer Waiver Form (VWF)

  • Click HERE for the Pick Up the Parks Facebook Page

  • Click HERE for the 2015 Volunteer To-do List (for what to do when you arrive at your park)

  • Click HERE for the 2015 Cheat Sheet (to help sort items you collect)

Join Cascades Recovery and the Monroe County Department of Parks, along with many local recreation and environmental groups for “Pick Up the Parks.”  This event is designed to foster stewardship of our *21 parks and 12,000 acres within.  We are all stewards of the great outdoors, so we encourage you to do your part to keep our parks, our waterways, and watersheds clean and green.

  • This great parks stewardship event will again cover *all Monroe County Parks in 2015 with Meet-Up Sites only at Abraham Lincoln, Black Creek, Churchville, Durand Eastman, Ellison, Genesee Valley, Greece Canal, Highland, Mendon Ponds, Northampton, Oatka Creek, Ontario Beach, Powder Mills, Seneca, & Webster Parks. 
    • * Please note that there are only 15 Meet-Up locations to obtain supplies, refreshments, orientation, etc. but all 21 County Parks will be cleaned up.
    • If you are interested in cleaning up
      • Lucien Morin or Irondequoit Bay Park West, please meet your Site Host at Abraham Lincoln Park.
      • Lehigh Valley Trail/Rochester Junction, please meet your Site Host at Mendon Ponds Park.
      • Irondequoit Bay Marine Park, please meet your Site Host at Durand Eastman Park.
      • Tryon Park, please meet your Site Host at Ellison Park.
      • Devil's Cove Park, please meet your Site Host at Webster Park. 
  • To register yourself, your family, group of friends, club, organization, business, scout troop, or class, e-mail  the Volunteer Registration Form (VRF) today to Ryan Loysen at rloysen@monroecounty.gov, or drop off, mail it, fax it to 585-753-7284, or call 585-753-7281!  Be sure to include your group size, preferred park, e-mail address, and phone number.  Walk-ins on April 25th are welcome, BUT we strongly recommend that you register; each park has a maximum number of volunteers needed. 
  • Site-Host organizations will meet & greet, direct & orient the volunteers that participate.  
  • All supplies are provided by the Parks Department and its partners. You'll even get a free lunch for your service.  
    • Be sure to join us for the "Thank  You Picnic" at the Olmsted Lodge in Highland Park only, starting at noon. 
  • We hope to see you on April 25th, 2015 at 9am!


Larry the H2O Hero and the Water Education Collaborative

Adirondack Mountain Club- Genesee Valley Chapter

Barton & Loguidice, DPC

Bay Creek Paddling

Boy Scout Troop 356

Delta Laboratories, Inc.

Environmental Resources Management

Gandhi Earth Keepers International

Genesee Regional Off-road Cyclists

Genesee Valley Chapter Adirondack Mountain Club

Geo-Cachers of the Rochester Area

Girl Scout Troops 60275 & 60978

Highland Park Conservancy

Irondequoit Bay Fish & Game Club

Irondequoit Conservation Board

Kickball League of Rochester

Larry the H2O Hero and the Water Education Collaborative

Medved Running & Walking Outfitters

Mendon Foundation

Monroe County Department of Parks

NYS Parks

Oatka Creek Watershed Committee

Riga Recreation Department

Rochester Americorps

Sierra Club- Rochester Regional Group

Trails ROC

Trout Unlimited

YMCA Camp Arrowhead


Monroe County Watershed Cleanups/ International Coastal Cleanups

  • In September 2015, numerous local organizations will help cleanup local beaches, coastlines, and watersheds. They can use your help!
  • Typically, five Monroe County Parks benefit from this cleanup.
  • Please check back in Summer 2015 for a list of local cleanup sites, including how to sign up, and where to meet up.

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