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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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  • What a wonderful retreat for those who live in the city or busy suburbs. This is a free beautiful park with lovely woods and with walking trails, Picnic areas, and a lovely beach across the street. Wh...  more »
  • Durand-Eastman Park is a year-round attraction. Cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and sledding in winter (they actually track the snow for skiing). Hiking, golf, fishing, picnicking, and hanging out...  more »
  • We were in the Rochester area as tourists and wanted to play golf. We got a tee time at this course and all ready to play when it started to rain. We waited a long while but the rain continued so we d...  more »
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  • 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 spot to hike or walk! Lots of trails and interesting spots! Always clean. Don't miss the Lilac Festival!
  • Very nice park with a wide variety of trails. Just wish they had better water access to the lakes for paddle boards and kayaks.
  • Picturesque landscape. Lots of geocaching opportunities.
  • Some great trails to hike all year long!

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