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Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park

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Chestnut Ridge Park is a 1213acre park in Orchard Park, New York, originally named for the chestnut trees on its hills. It is currently the largest park operated by the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, and is open year-round.The Chestnut Ridge Park property was acquired by Erie County in 1926, and it was one of the first parks established by the county. The park's facilities and landscapes were improved substantially by the Works Progress Administration throughout the 1930s.Facilities and Attractions The park has facilities and space for tennis, hiking, disc golf, snowmobiling, sledding and other outdoor activities. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has held summer concerts at the base of the sledding hill, which provides an amphitheater-like setting. On a clear day, the sledding hill offers views of Buffalo and Lake Erie. Toboggan chutes also operate on the sled hill during the winter. The Eternal Flame Falls, a small waterfall containing a natural "eternal flame," is located within the park. The falls are situated within what was once known as the Shale Creek Preserve, a wilderness area formerly owned by the Buffalo Museum of Science. A tower facility used for firefighter training is located on the premises. Although said to be one of the largest county parks in the United States, at least one larger county park is located nearby. The 2500acre Mendon Ponds Park, a county park in Monroe County, New York, is situated approximately away.
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  • Fantastic day with the kids! Sledding and hot chocolate. They had so much fun and talked about it for days. 
  • Park is always clean, well-maintained, and dog-friendly. It's a wonderful place to take your dog and walk through the beautiful mature forest.. 
  • The foliage has been splendid this year, and this park is well worth exploring, not only because of the beauty, but for exercise as well. One oddity that I haven't seen anywhere else before: There is ...  more »