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Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park

Categories: Nature & Parks
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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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  • This park with its shady canopy of trees was my absolute Godsend this horribly hot summer for training my Search N Rescue K9, along with all my private dog training clients! Early mornings are filled ...  read more »
  • We live very close to this park and love to walk the loop often. Great place to watch the seasons change. The colors in the Fall are spectacular. 
  • Chestnut Ridge is God's country. Beautiful woods; plenty of shelters. Incredible view of the city skyline. There are tobaggins for winter fun and fishing, outdoor movies and frolf for summer fun. From...  read more »
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