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Invasive species pose a serious threat to the health and sustainability of our environments, and   are no exception. Tha...
12/01/2023

Invasive species pose a serious threat to the health and sustainability of our environments, and are no exception. That is why partners such as WNY PRISM are so valuable to us.

In 2023, PRISM implemented invasive species treatment and removal programs at three large parks (Chestnut Ridge, Franklin Gulf and Sgt. Rademacher/Hunter's Creek Parks) and placed Watercraft Inspection Stewards at our two boat launches for the summer (Black Rock and Isle View Parks). Their data is impressive, and we (and our parks) send a big thank you to WNY PRISM for your hard work and partnership.



Do you like to golf? Are you interested in the history of Erie County Parks golf courses? Well you’re in luck!Join Range...
11/30/2023

Do you like to golf? Are you interested in the history of Erie County Parks golf courses? Well you’re in luck!
Join Ranger Nikki this weekend, December 2nd, at 10am in the Grover Cleveland Clubhouse to learn about both of our Erie County run golf courses!
Register online at https://www3.erie.gov/parks/form/erie-county-parks-golf-course-hi

Woo hoo! Winter Sports are officially open! This first snowfall may not last long, so go out and play in it while you ca...
11/29/2023

Woo hoo! Winter Sports are officially open! This first snowfall may not last long, so go out and play in it while you can!

Winter Sports status is updated every day. You can check if sled hills, xc ski trails, and other recreation options are open or closed by visiting www.erie.gov/parks and clicking on the "Winter Sports" tile. More outdoor fun in !


Applications for concessionaire at Elma Meadows Golf Course are now being accepted! View the full RFP here: www.erie.gov...
11/29/2023

Applications for concessionaire at Elma Meadows Golf Course are now being accepted! View the full RFP here: www.erie.gov/purchasing. The MANDATORY walk-through is 11/16, questions are due by 11/23 and applications are due TOMORROW 11/30. This is a great, year-round opportunity to serve golfers as well as patrons enjoying winter sports!



Yes, we do not love every detail of winter. And still, is it not gorgeous sometimes?
11/28/2023

Yes, we do not love every detail of winter. And still, is it not gorgeous sometimes?




Did you know that several of   are on the NYS Birding Trail?? Recently, two more Erie County Parks were added to the tra...
11/28/2023

Did you know that several of are on the NYS Birding Trail?? Recently, two more Erie County Parks were added to the trail, Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park and Red Jacket Riverfront Habitat Park! We are so excited!

This is a great time of year to go out and observe winter ducks and other species which migrate here from the colder north. And you can spend the winter getting ready for the spring migration! WNY is located along the Atlantic Flyway, and bird watching in the spring is spectacular in this area.

Check out the full list and trail map here: https://ow.ly/nJ9r50Qaowv
Learn more about Seneca Bluffs here: https://ow.ly/FLz950Qaowt
Learn more about Red Jacket Park here: https://ow.ly/AxHG50Qaowr

(Pssst...maybe think about putting a good pair of binocs and a birding book on your holiday gift list this year!)


Save the Date! Santa Land 2023 at Chestnut Ridge Park will be on Saturday, December 16th from 10AM - 4PM. Come out to vi...
11/27/2023

Save the Date! Santa Land 2023 at Chestnut Ridge Park will be on Saturday, December 16th from 10AM - 4PM. Come out to visit Santa and enjoy artisan vendors, carolers, live animals, wood branding, crafts and hayrides to Santa's Workshop!

This year, we will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the 6th Annual DSS Holiday Toy Drive! Please review the graphic for recommendations and consider contributing this year!

For accommodation requests, please call our Office of People with Erie County Office for People with Disabilities at (716) 858-6215.

Take the FREE Parks Adventure Bus from Metro Bus & Rail too! See the bus schedule here: https://ow.ly/nU3750Q4AGz

Good news! If you are considering hosting a party in the Chestnut Ridge Casino Lower Meeting Room in January, you may no...
11/25/2023

Good news! If you are considering hosting a party in the Chestnut Ridge Casino Lower Meeting Room in January, you may now reserve the space starting on December 1st! This way, you have ample time to send out invites and make preparations! The Lower Meeting Room is a wonderful and unique space for a winter birthday party, especially for kids, as it is located at the top of the sled hill and next to the Playground for All. To access our reservation system, visit https://ow.ly/Yo0T50Q9zL2.

All other shelters and buildings will be reservable starting January 8th!



We are fast approaching the season of giving! Why not try something unique this year and present your friends and loved ...
11/24/2023

We are fast approaching the season of giving! Why not try something unique this year and present your friends and loved ones with some gifts from ! The golfer in your life would love a gift certificate for a golf pass to Elma Meadows or Grover Cleveland. And who doesn't love fresh, local maple syrup? A Commemorative Tree would also make a very special gift.

To purchase, visit us at 95 Franklin Street, Room 1260, Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 3:30pm or give us a call at (716) 858-8355.


On behalf of all of us at the Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, we wish you all a peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving...
11/23/2023

On behalf of all of us at the Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, we wish you all a peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving!

Each year, our Forestry Bureau and parks crews work hard to plant as many native trees throughout the park system as pos...
11/22/2023

Each year, our Forestry Bureau and parks crews work hard to plant as many native trees throughout the park system as possible. Trees are important for enhancing landscapes, creating habitat, increasing shade, mitigating climate change, and supporting soil conditions, among many other benefits. This fall, our forestry crew has been VERY busy, having planted 130 trees throughout our county parks!

This giving season, consider donating a Commemorative Tree to our tree-planting efforts! A Commemorative Tree is a unique, lasting way to honor a person or event, which brings endless benefits to our environment and creates a space you can visit repeatedly! For more information on this unique opportunity, visit our website at https://ow.ly/nXmf50Q9tX7.



Applications for concessionaire at Elma Meadows Golf Course are now being accepted! View the full RFP here: www.erie.gov...
11/22/2023

Applications for concessionaire at Elma Meadows Golf Course are now being accepted! View the full RFP here: www.erie.gov/purchasing. The MANDATORY walk-through is 11/16, questions are due by 11/23 and applications are due by 11/30. This is a great, year-round opportunity to serve golfers as well as patrons enjoying winter sports!



Thank you to local Eagle Scout Drew Slotman and Troop 285 for your hard work and planning planting 15 serviceberry trees...
11/21/2023

Thank you to local Eagle Scout Drew Slotman and Troop 285 for your hard work and planning planting 15 serviceberry trees and 9 oak trees around the new Newton Road playground and parking lot last weekend! Many thanks to our partner the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy for facilitating this project!

Save the Date! Santa Land 2023 at Chestnut Ridge Park will be on Saturday, December 16th from 10AM - 4PM. Come out to vi...
11/20/2023

Save the Date! Santa Land 2023 at Chestnut Ridge Park will be on Saturday, December 16th from 10AM - 4PM. Come out to visit Santa and enjoy artisan vendors, carolers, live animals, wood branding, crafts and hayrides to Santa's Workshop!

This year, we will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the 6th Annual DSS Holiday Toy Drive! Please review the graphic for recommendations and consider contributing this year!

Take the FREE Parks Adventure Bus from Metro Bus & Rail too! See the bus schedule here: https://ow.ly/nU3750Q4AGz

WINTER IS COMING!By now, we suspect you have heard about the strong probability for severe winter weather next week. PLE...
11/18/2023

WINTER IS COMING!

By now, we suspect you have heard about the strong probability for severe winter weather next week. PLEASE take the time this weekend to ensure you are prepared! The Erie County Department of Health website has every checklist and resource you need - take a moment to review it today! https://ow.ly/vzOP50Q8Pvt. Download the ReadyErie Prepardness App today to get regular updates on severe weather, alerts, and more: https://www3.erie.gov/dhses/get-readyerie-preparedness-app

Check to ensure you have flashlights, batteries, fuel for generators, snow removal equipment, and know where your vents are located should you need to clear them. Ensure your vehicles are fueled and ready to go, just in case. And be sure to review these steps with vulnerable family members such as older adults to make an emergency plan EARLY.

(Then, AFTER the storm has cleared and the roads are open, make some plans to come out to to play in the snow.)

Happy National "Take a Hike" Day!   offer endless hiking opportunities with trails for all mobility levels. Looking to g...
11/17/2023

Happy National "Take a Hike" Day!

offer endless hiking opportunities with trails for all mobility levels. Looking to get deep into the woods and climb some hills? Try Franklin Gulf! Trails are clearly marked and a downloadable trail map is available! Do you require a flat and smooth surface to hike/walk? The Shoreline Trail passes through Isle View Park all the way down to Wendt Beach Park and offers wonderful, paved surfaces for walking/rolling and enjoying the scenery.

Check out park information on our website at www.erie.gov/parks and makes plans to today!

Don't forget to follow the 10 Essentials - have fun and be safe!

Chasing Waterfalls -- Register today! Join Ranger Adam this Sunday, November 19th, at 10:00 am for a nature hike to Emer...
11/17/2023

Chasing Waterfalls -- Register today!

Join Ranger Adam this Sunday, November 19th, at 10:00 am for a nature hike to Emery Park's waterfalls -- for more information, visit www.erie.gov/parks/events



At Erie County Parks, we often field questions about park hours 🕕, especially this time of year as we transition into fa...
11/16/2023

At Erie County Parks, we often field questions about park hours 🕕, especially this time of year as we transition into fall and winter. Our parks remain open until 9PM from Memorial Day to Labor Day. However, after Labor Day, parks close at dusk, and all building rentals and events must vacate the parks at that time. 🌆

"BUT WHAT TIME IS DUSK?!" Here is a handy tool for figuring that out! https://ow.ly/gUy450PZe9w

The exception to this rule is our sled hills at Chestnut Ridge and Elma Meadows Parks, which are lit and therefore remain open until 8PM when sledding conditions warrant.

Still confused?? Just give us a call! 😀



Applications for concessionaire at Elma Meadows Golf Course are now being accepted! View the full RFP here: www.erie.gov...
11/15/2023

Applications for concessionaire at Elma Meadows Golf Course are now being accepted! View the full RFP here: www.erie.gov/purchasing. The MANDATORY walk through is tomorrow 11/16, questions are due by 11/23 and applications are due by 11/30. This is a great, year-round opportunity to serve golfers as well as patrons enjoying winter sports!



Attention Campers! New for 2024! You can now reserve a campsite for up to 14 consecutive days, provided the first day of...
11/14/2023

Attention Campers! New for 2024! You can now reserve a campsite for up to 14 consecutive days, provided the first day of your stay is within the 1-year reservation window! This means that you will no longer need to reserve individual dates in order to secure sites on high-demand weekends and can plan ahead more easily.

This is similar to how other camping systems operate, and we hope that this change makes for more in !


This very fruitful apple tree is just the place for a variety of species to chow down as the season gets colder. Given i...
11/14/2023

This very fruitful apple tree is just the place for a variety of species to chow down as the season gets colder. Given its location and fruit size and yield, it is probably a domesticated tree in a growing thicket.



Save the Date! Santa Land 2023 at Chestnut Ridge Park will be on Saturday, December 16th from 10AM - 4PM. Come out to vi...
11/13/2023

Save the Date! Santa Land 2023 at Chestnut Ridge Park will be on Saturday, December 16th from 10AM - 4PM. Come out to visit Santa and enjoy artisan vendors, carolers, live animals, wood branding, crafts and hayrides to Santa's Workshop!

Applications for concessionaire at Elma Meadows Golf Course are now being accepted! View the full RFP here: www.erie.gov...
11/08/2023

Applications for concessionaire at Elma Meadows Golf Course are now being accepted! View the full RFP here: www.erie.gov/purchasing. The MANDATORY walk through is on 11/16, questions are due by 11/23 and applications are due by 11/30. This is a great, year-round opportunity to serve golfers as well as patrons enjoying winter sports!



Save the Date! Santa Land 2023 at Chestnut Ridge Park will be on Saturday, December 16th from 10AM - 4PM. Come out and e...
11/06/2023

Save the Date! Santa Land 2023 at Chestnut Ridge Park will be on Saturday, December 16th from 10AM - 4PM. Come out and enjoy artisan vendors, carolers, live animals, wood branding, crafts and hayrides to Santa's Workshop!



Thank you to M&T Bank volunteers who came out to help plant trees at Chestnut Ridge Park today! They helped to re-establ...
11/03/2023

Thank you to M&T Bank volunteers who came out to help plant trees at Chestnut Ridge Park today! They helped to re-establish an area on the Newton Road side of the park where trees were decimated by the tornado that came through several years ago.

If you have never explored the Newton Road "lower end" of Chestnut Ridge Park, this is a great time of year to do so. This area is just beautiful and wild and many have never seen it! The gate to the lower loop park road is now closed for the season, making it an excellent walking path. Bring the dog (on a leash) and some friends and enjoy these last days of beautiful fall weather!

Not sure where this is? Check out the park map here: https://ow.ly/u4pR50Q46Q0




Are you one of those WNY'ers who are getting ready to hibernate? One of those "it's-cold-see-you-in-May" type of people?...
11/03/2023

Are you one of those WNY'ers who are getting ready to hibernate? One of those "it's-cold-see-you-in-May" type of people? We see you and we've seen your "I'm cold" memes on Facebook. 🥶 Well, guess what? The sun is shining, and it's time for you to get outside. 😎 Come on...this week's snow was just a joke. ❄️ It's not winter yet! So, this weekend, go out and HAVE. SOME. FUN.

Hike the trails at Boston Forest. 🥾 Pick up a pickleball set and hit the new courts at Como Lake Park. 🎾 Dust off that bike and explore the Greenway Trail along Isle View or Wendt Beach Parks. 🚲 Enjoy one last weekend of golf at Elma or Grover. ⛳ Take a deep breath and take in the scenery because it's stunning. 🍂

Check out this full list of parks and activities here: https://ow.ly/6mte50Q402F

Need some directions? Check out our Park Locator App here: https://ow.ly/1Tqc50Q402B



Friday 11/3/23 Grover Cleveland GC open to walkers only No cartsElma Meadows GC open to walkers and carts
11/03/2023

Friday 11/3/23
Grover Cleveland GC open to walkers only No carts
Elma Meadows GC open to walkers and carts

Golf Announcement! Due to the deteriorating weather forecast, we have decided that Sunday, November 5th will be the last...
11/02/2023

Golf Announcement! Due to the deteriorating weather forecast, we have decided that Sunday, November 5th will be the last day of the 2023 golf season at Elma Meadows and Grover Cleveland Golf Courses.

Thank you for a GREAT golf season! Be sure to check social media and our website regularly for golf updates, 2024 pass sale dates and more. Thank you, and see you next year!



11/02/2023

Update : Grover Cleveland GC will open at 1030am to walkers only
Elma Meadows GC will open at Noon to walkers only
No Carts
Elma (716 ) 652-5475
Grover (716) 836-7398

Time to pull out your snowpants because winter is coming! Before you know it, our ski hill at Emery Park will be open an...
11/01/2023

Time to pull out your snowpants because winter is coming! Before you know it, our ski hill at Emery Park will be open and buzzing with activity! This winter, come out and visit North America's longest magic carpet, located right in your backyard at Emery Park. Never been? Time to in ! https://ow.ly/Cv1E50Q34NR

Elma Meadows and Grover Cleveland GCs closed today due to conditions
11/01/2023

Elma Meadows and Grover Cleveland GCs closed today due to conditions

10/31/2023

Happy Halloween




We are hiring! Erie County Parks seeks qualified candidates for the position of Senior Environmental Compliance Speciali...
10/30/2023

We are hiring! Erie County Parks seeks qualified candidates for the position of Senior Environmental Compliance Specialist. This position is responsible for oversight of restoration work in our Buffalo River Habitat Parks, invasive species projects, community partnerships, forestry projects, and much more! This is a growing division in the Department of Parks and an exciting opportunity for the right person to bring a lot of energy and skill to this important work in our park system.

Access the job description and application here: https://ow.ly/TTEZ50Q1FLt

Applications are due no later than November 15th.



Announcement! 2024 building and shelter reservations will officially open on Monday, January 8, 2024. Mark your calendar...
10/28/2023

Announcement! 2024 building and shelter reservations will officially open on Monday, January 8, 2024. Mark your calendars! Reservations can be made by calling our office at (716) 858-8355 or online at www.erie.gov/parks.

Time to in !

Are you or someone you know planning a wedding and looking for a unique location? Consider one of  ! There are so many b...
10/28/2023

Are you or someone you know planning a wedding and looking for a unique location? Consider one of ! There are so many beautiful options for ceremonies, receptions, and photos. Reservations and Event Permits can be submitted and reserved right online! Visit https://www3.erie.gov/parks/shelters to review our shelter and building information. 2024 reservations open on Jan. 8, 2024 and our office can answer any questions you may have in the meantime!

The Emery Ski Lodge is a particularly lovely space for a reception and the surrounding outdoor area is beautiful for ceremonies, as well. The Lodge features brand new white tables and chairs and a large kitchen area. Check out these stunning photos of a recent reception held in the Lodge! (*Photos being used by permission of the owner.*)

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Tuesday 8:30am - 4pm
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