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.
The 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.
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. 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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  • Durand Park has many different great things to do. there is the beach of course which is quite long and really is more like an ocean beach then what you'd think a lake beach would be like. of course, ...  more »
  • They've started adding new equipment and you'd think it'd be poorly maintained but the maintenance is excellent  more »
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  • I have some medical illnesses and My dog and I had The GREATEST time with My roller Chair We walked a trail, went to the beach, and relaxed under the trees in the Park.😁it was Wonderful!!! Thank You So much. And GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS.
  • Love this park especially in the off seasons when the beach is mostly deserted except for a few folks who live nearby and are out walking their dogs. I avoid it in high-season when it's packed with folks blaring radios and the boat people and jet skis-- but it's a beautiful place to watch a sunset (or sunrise if you're a morning lark instead of a night owl, like me). Great trails in the park to walk, as well. Many happy memories through my years living here, and one of the places I miss most whenever I'm away.
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