Rochesters Best Parks – Part 3-519697

Outdoors Few cities in the Country have the great variety of picnic spots that you’ll find in Rochester, NY. Thus far our tour of places to picnic in Rochester has taken us to Ontario Beach Park, Seneca Park, Hamlin Beach State Park and Webster Park. In this third and final article, I’ll tell you about two more of my favorite parks in Rochester; Powder Mills Park and Durand Eastman Park. . While Durand Eastman Park is located only a few miles from Ontario Beach, and they both have Lake Ontario swimming beaches, the surroundings of the two parks couldn’t be much different. While Ontario Beach is next to the Port of Rochester and the busy Lake Avenue recreation area, Durand Eastman gives the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere. Durand has three relativey easy hiking trails where you can see the best of what Mother Nature has to offer. There are many kinds of plant life including wildflowers, trees, shrubs and aquatic plants. If you’re lucky, you’ll also see several different kinds of birds and small mammals. If you’re really lucky, you might spot a deer or two along the way. Eastman Lake is a great place to take your kids fishing for sunfish, bluegills and other panfish. The trails also offer fine cross-country skiing in the winter. Durand Eastman Park is also home to an 18 hole championship golf course created by the great Robert Trent Jones. Opened in 1935, the course was very nicely redone in the 1970s and again in 1997. When I first played there, the course was very strangely broken into 10 and eight holes sides instead of the usual nine holes on each side. That was corrected during the first renovation. The hilly course plays to a par of 70 and has a creek that .es into play on nine holes. Believe it or not, $16.00 will still buy you 18 holes during the week and the price is only $17.00 on Saturday and Sunday. Durand Eastman is an up and down course so you should consider taking a cart. Durand Eastman Park has a lot of picnic tables, grills and pavilions for your convenience. Your kids will enjoy the nicely equipped playground. You can bring your dog to Durand Eastman Park as long as you keep him on his leash. Durand is a carry in – carry out facility so don’t forget to bring a garbage bag or two. If you’d like to be even more environmentally friendly, carry a picnic backpack with reusable amenities like glasses, dishes, napkins and flatware. Are you looking for a park with some excellent trout fishing? If you said yes then you should check out Powder Mills Park in suburban Pittsford. There is a fish hatchery in the park so the creek is regularly stocked with nice sized trout. Even if you don’t fish, you and your kids will enjoy checking out the hatchery where you’ll see salmon, perch and trout of different ages. If you’re lucky you might even be there when they release the adult fish into Irondequoit Creek. Every December, Powder Mills Park a prime destination for cross country skiers. The same trails that are good for a warm weather stroll are even better for winter skiing. They are clearly marked but are groomed only by skiers, snowshoes, hikers and not professionally groomed. The park also has a small downhill ski slope that is perfect for beginners. Rental equipment and lessons are available at the downhill slope. With its six lodges and four outdoor pavilions, Powder Mills Park would be great for your next corporate event or family reunion. The lodges have wood burning stoves, picnic tables and restrooms. The outdoor pavilions have picnic tables, grills and convenient restrooms. If you’d like to rent any of these facilities, please call 585-753-7275. As with the other parks we’ve visited, Powder Mills is a carry in – carry out park. Check back soon as I continue my series of articles on great places to picnic. Maybe my next stop will be near your home. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: