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Durand Eastman Park, Rochester

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Durand Eastman Park is a large park located partly in Rochester, New York, 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 park contains several lakes. The two largest are Durand Lake and Eastman Lake. The park's northern boundary is defined by 5,000 ft of Lake Ontario coastline. The most commonly used parts of the park are part of 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.HistoryDurand-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 building was eventually demolished. There once was a zoo in the park, home to numerous animals. At 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. A year later the land was transferred to the city, and on May 22, 1909, Durand Eastman Park was formally dedicated.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 90.9 acres along the western edge of Durand-Eastman Park, commonly known as Camp Eastman, to the Town of Irondequoit.
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  • 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 »
  • Planted by George Eastman, magnolias, azaleas, beautiful lakes and pine forests. Can have a picnic, you can see a herd of deer in the distance. It was magical to see all a bloom.  more »
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  • Great park in a sunny and hot summer for kids. Because the play ground is in the shade of many trees. Also, the pavilions are somewhat private because of the winding road and hilly area.
  • Very nice park with a wide variety of trails. Just wish they had better water access to the lakes for paddle boards and kayaks.
  • Back in the day, I would recommend this in a heartbeat. Now, not so much. Don't get me wrong, it is a decent beach to go to on a hot day, but expect to be spending it with a lot of other chill seekers. The good thing about now is that they have bathrooms by the parking lot and a designated swimming area with lifeguards. They try to keep up with maintaining the sand and shore but unfortunately you may run into a group of individuals being loud and obnoxious or doing not so legal things. This is just one of Rochester's decent beaches. Nothing special.
  • Beautiful park with a spectacular Lake view. It is a great place to run and bike. The best way to experience it is via bike coming from Culver. It opens up to the view and you won't even notice the monster hill.
  • May be a nice place to walk but lock up your stuff in the trunk. We pulled in today and found that a car had its back window smashed out and a mom and daughter had their purses stolen while they were walking. Great way to bring in the new year.