Monroe County Executive Adam Bello Proposes Additional $9.4 Million for County Park Improvements

August 10th, 2022

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County Executive gives update on current $7.2 million park improvement plan

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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello submitted legislation to amend the County Capital Improvement Program (CIP) by $9.4 million to continue the repair and upkeep of county parks while adding improvements such as a kayak launch, spray park, synthetic ice rink, playgrounds, pickleball courts and golf course improvements. The $9.4 million is in addition to the $7.2 million invested in the parks last year — for a total of $16.6 million for the Go Outside Monroe - Parks Revitalization Initiative.

“For decades there has been disinvestment in county infrastructure — including our park system. Rebuilding and improving our infrastructure is a key pillar of our plan to Bring Monroe Back,” said County Executive Bello. “Our residents deserve better than rundown lodges, washed out roads, tired playgrounds and scant amenities. The added $9.4 million investment will restore the grounds and infrastructure as well as add modern improvements to make our parks second to none.”

The additional parks revitalization projects include:

  • Golf course improvements at Genesee Valley Golf Course, Durand Eastman Golf Course, and Churchville Golf Course

  • New playground at Powder Mills Park

  • Restoration of Kanatota Lodge in Webster

  • Synthetic ice rink, a spray park, new ADA playground and renovation of the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park

  • Pickleball courts at Black Creek and Mendon Ponds Park

  • Underground electrical and fiber improvements at Beikirch Park

  • Replacement of wood-burning stoves in most county park lodges

  • Waterline mapping and repair at various county parks

  • ADA accessible canoe/kayak launch at Churchville Park

At a press conference today from the newly refurbished Wadhams Lodge at Powder Mills Park, County Executive Bello updated the progress from last year’s $7.2 million Monroe County Parks System-Wide Facilities Renovations project. Wadhams Lodge was part of the renovation project that included significant restorations and repair of many restrooms parks system-wide, road repair/repaving in 13 parks, tennis and pickleball court renovations, lighting upgrades and significant repair of multiple shelter frames and roofs system-wide.

A complete list of the status of ongoing park projects can be found at Notable before and after images can be found here.