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Durand Eastman Park, Rochester

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Durand Eastman Park is a 977acre park located partly in Rochester, and partly in Irondequoit, New York. It is administered by the Monroe County Parks Department under agreements with the City of Rochester and the Town of Irondequoit.GeographyThe 977acre park contains several lakes; the two largest are Durand Lake and Eastman Lake. The park's northern boundary is defined by of Lake Ontario coastline. The most commonly used parts of the park are within Rochester; the more remote areas are part of Irondequoit. The park is almost completely surrounded by Irondequoit, and is connected to Rochester by an easement.HistoryAt the turn of the century, Dr. Henry S. Durand owned a summer camp in Irondequoit. He and his friend George Eastman saw a need for a public park in the area, and towards this end, bought a number of farms around the Durand property. On January 28, 1907, they offered their land to the city of Rochester, "to be used as a public park forever, a tract of land of about 484 acres situate in the Town of Irondequoit on Lake Ontario", thus giving the common citizen rights to nearly a mile of public beach and adjacent lands on the Lake's shoreline. One year later the land was transferred to the city.Durand-Eastman Park was formally dedicated on May 22, 1909. Historically, the beach at Durand-Eastman was much wider than it is today. In 1915, bath houses were built on the lakeshore. They became unusable in 1949 due to rising water levels. The buildings were eventually demolished. There once was a zoo in the park, home to numerous animals.In 1961, the City of Rochester made a 99-year agreement with the County of Monroe to maintain, administer and regulate Durand-Eastman Park. This agreement was later modified in 1975, but forms the basis for Durand-Eastman being a county park. In 2001, the City of Rochester sold the along the western edge of Durand-Eastman Park, commonly known as Camp Eastman, to the Town of Irondequoit. The city remains responsible for maintenance of the park's beach.
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  • Within this park there is deep forest, lakes, streams, hills and deep valleys, a beautiful golf course, picnic pavilions, sledding hills and ski trails, hiking trails, arboretums of trees and flowers,...  more »
  • Lovely park with ponds, great variety of plants and trees, nice lakefront, wonderful golf course and an absolutely must see in its beautiful display of Fall colors!  more »
  • There is a great trail which runs from end to end from Culver Road to the end of the park along the lake and beyond. I did a 5.5mi round trip. Other shorter walks around the ponds.  more »