What Put the “Park” in Park Avenue

Back in the day, families traveled for miles to go to a park for a picnic, to fish and for the kids to play on the playground equipment. Today, it’s a simple matter of walking down the street to find a park. Green spaces, walking and biking trails as well as water fun and playground equipment are vital to keeping our health and bodies in top shape as well as having some stress-reducing fun. So let’s get to it: where are the parks in Park Avenue? http://hannaproperties.com/park-ave/

Aberdeen Square Park

A large grassy spot used by residents for games, soccer and football, and school activities. Also hosts the Aberdeen Square Fair.

Brown Square Park

Designed by famous landscape architect Frederick law Omsted, the park offers ball parks, bike trails, skiing, a game room and a space for large parties. The park stands next to Kodak headquarters.

Browncroft Rose Garden Park http://www.browncroftna.org/subdivision

Sit in a gazebo and look around at all the varieties of antique roses in a large grassy spot. Very peaceful, and visitors can picnic or play in the park.

Conkey Corner Park and El Camino Trail

The Genessee Land Trust turned a railroad line into a hiking trail. The Trust and the City worked together to build the park and install playground equipment and benches in gardens.

Durand Eastman Park and Beach

Dr. Henry Durand and George Eastman owned lands adjacent to each other. The land was donated to the city for a park upon their deaths. Five thousand feet of water-front property forms the beach on Lake Ontario. The flora is courtesy of special soils and topography, allowing plants not native to Rochester to grow. A golf course, hiking, skiing and bridle paths as well as playgrounds and picnic areas are available to those who don’t fancy swimming.

Fourth Street and Peck Street Park

Play on the playground or play in the “sprayground”, either way you’ll have fun.

Genesee Valley Park

An 800 plus acre park also designed by Olmsted, Genessee Valley Park http://www2.monroecounty.gov/parks-geneseevalley.php is the oldest park in the city. Seven baseball diamonds, a soccer and cricket field, two golf courses complete with clubhouse and food facilities, boating and fishing, hiking and biking paths, ski trails, playgrounds and covered picnic facilities give visitors lots to do and see. There’s also indoor ice skating and a swimming pool.

JR Wilson Park

Large open spaces provide room for playing football or soccer, basketball courts, tennis courts, and playground equipment.

Lunsford Circle Park http://cornhill.org/history-of-corn-hill/lunsford-circle/

Named for an early important African-American doctor, the park offers a gazebo that doubles as a stage for musical events. The gazebo also offers neighbors a place to meet throughout the year.

Pulaski Park

Almost seven acres serves as a host to neighborhood games, picnics and hiking.

Troup Street Park

Kids can challenge themselves and each other on the elephant climb in the “sprayground” while their parents play ball, jog or walk around the park and picnic beside the playground equipment.