Ontario Beach Park pier

23 City of Rochester Parks

All of our Rochester parks are similar in how they bring communities together, yet unique in their presentation and amenities. Some are as simple as grass, shade, and benches, while others are robust and expansive.

Many of the city’s parks have beginnings embedded in the city’s early history. Some were designed by (and later inspired by) notable landscape architects such as Frederick Law Olmsted and Lawrence Halprin.

Martin Luther King Jr Park mural
Martin Luther King Jr at Manhattan Square
Genesee Crossroads Park
Genesee Crossroads
Saint Bernards park
Saint Bernard’s on GRT
Corn Hill Landing October
Corn Hill Landing
Genesee Gateway Park skyline view
Genesee Gateway
Turning Point Park
Turning Point

City of Rochester Parks

1. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square

2. Turning Point Park

3. Genesee Riverway Trail

4. Aqueduct Park

5. Browncroft Rose Garden Park

6. Corn Hill Landing

7. Genesee Crossroads-Charles Carroll Park

8. Genesee Gateway Park

9. Sebastian Park

Highland Park Lilac Fest
Highland Park
Water Trails Around Rochester NY Genesee River through Genesee Valley Park
Genesee Valley
Ontario Beach Park volleyball
Ontario Beach
Seneca Park pedestrian bridge autumn
Pedestrian bridge connecting Seneca and Maplewood

City of Rochester Parks maintained by Monroe County

10. Highland Park

11. Seneca Park

12. Maplewood Park

13. Genesee Valley Park

14. Ontario Beach Park

15. Tryon Park

Washington Square Park Dachshund Parade
Washington Square Park Dachshund Parade
Cobbs Hill Pinnacle Hill summer
Cobb’s Hill
Susan B Anthony Frederick Douglass Lets Have Tea
Anthony Square

Olmsted-Designed Parks

In addition to Highland Park, Seneca Park, Maplewood Park, and Genesee Valley Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., he, along with his son and the Olmsted Firm, went on to design several more City of Rochester parks.

16. Susan B. Anthony Square Park

17. Cobb’s Hill Park

18. Washington Square Park

19. Lunsford Circle Park

20. Brown Square Park

21. Jones Square Park

22. Schiller Park

Mount Hope Cemetery
Mount Hope Cemetery

Honorable Mention

23. While not technically a park, we certainly couldn’t leave out Mount Hope Cemetery!

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Rochester Area Parks

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Which are your favorite City of Rochester parks?

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