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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  • Love walking through this park. Scenery is simply beautiful. Great for family picnics. I use to come here often as a kid and have fond memories of those times.  more »
  • We mainly drove around the roads within the park. I especially liked the Log Cabin Road. The trees were pretty - plus there were many picnic tables.  more »
  • This is a very beautiful park, we went on a rainy cloudy day and still had a great time. Lake Ontario is absolutely beautiful and one of the major stars of the show. Very romantic, but a great day for...  more »
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  • One of my favorite places to just "Be". Great walking paths... awesome trails... breathtaking water and any perk I'd expect from a great park. Love this place!
  • Great park, such a nice little park and there is a nice biking trial for riders to ride on and also just to walk on if you don't want to ride a bike or are walking a dog. The beach is kinda small but it's very long so it makes up for it there. Water can be a tad dirty but right now it's just higher than normal.
  • Great place to take my Grandchildren.
  • Great spot to hike or walk! Lots of trails and interesting spots! Always clean. Don't miss the Lilac Festival!
  • 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.

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