August 10th, 2022
County Executive gives update on current $7.2 million park improvement plan
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 www.monroecounty.gov. Notable before and after images can be found here.