MonroeCounty.gov; Adam Bello, County Executive

Rev 7/07/2020

All Monroe County Park’s lodges, shelters, will be open starting July 1st, 2020. All reservations for the foreseeable future must comply with New York State guidelines and limitations concerning social distancing, including but not limited to limitations on number of people to gather. As of June 22nd 2020, we have begun taking new reservations with restrictions. To make a reservation use our online system or call our office at 585-753-7275.

Any cancellation requests should be e-mailed to MCParks@monroecounty.gov for refund consideration. Please check back for future updates.

MONROE COUNTY DOG PARKS


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**As of May 20, 2020, the Monroe County Dog Parks are open. They have been reopened with specific COVID-19 guidelines. Please follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask at all times while in the Dog Park. There are also updated maximum capacities for each park and large/small dog sections. For the Greece Canal Dog Park there should be no more than 100 people on the large dog side and 70 on the small dog side. For Ellison Dog Park there should be no more than 100 on the large dog side and 30 on the small dog side.**

Dog park registrations at this time can be done by printing off the appropriate forms and turning them in at the Monroe County Parks office, either into the dropbox or by mailing the forms in.

New members should submit the Dog Park registration form and the Dog Park agreement, as well as paper copies of both the Dog license issued by your municipality and a rabies certificate from your veterinarian (paper copies not metal tags). Renewals only need to submit the renewal paper work and a paper copy of the Dog license issued by your municipality.

Click here for Dog Park Renewal Registration Form

Click here for Dog Park New Registration Form

Click here for Dog Park Agreement

All applications need to packed into an envelope along with a check for $24 made payable to the Monroe County Parks department.

Applications processed after October 1st are part of our extended application period, meaning they will cover both 2020 and 2021 permit for one cost.

Once everything has been submitted we will review the application mail back codes and dog tags upon approval.

Monroe County Department of Parks hosts Off-Leash Dog Areas (Dog Parks) at both Ellison and Greece Canal Parks, as well as a reciprocal agreements for use at Henrietta Dog Park in the Town of Henrietta,  Sweden Town Park in the Town of Sweden, and Pittsford Dog Park, in the Town of Pittsford.

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DOG PARK INFORMATION

  • HOURS: 7am to Dusk
  • Each dog visiting must be a registered member of the Monroe County Dog Parks.
  • Entrance will only be allowed to those in possession of a valid Monroe County Dog Parks swipe card, tag for each dog, and paper copy of their permit/s. Dogs must be wearing the up-to-date Monroe County Dog Parks tag. 

FAQs

Where/When can I register my dog(s)? 

You may register your dog for the Monroe County Dog Parks at the Monroe County Parks Administrative Office, located at 171 Reservoir Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620, across the street from the Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park.  Registraion is open during regular business hours, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Mondays through Fridays (excluding Holidays).

Please be sure to bring these TWO DOCUMENTS (not the metal tags) for BOTH:

  1. Your dog’s or dogs’ License/s from your Town or City, with current address
  2. AND your dog’s or dogs’ Rabies Certificate/s

For your convenience, registration is also available once-per-month on-site at either Ellison, Greece Canal or the Town of Sweden

Saturday 2-1-20, from 12-2 pm: Greece Canal Park (off Elmgrove Road) in the Park Office, which is just inside the park, on the left

Saturday 3-7-20, from 10 am-12 pm: Sweden Community Center at 4927 Lake Rd S, Brockport, NY 14420

Saturday 4-4-20, from 9-11 am: Ellison Park, Creekside Lodge

How much does it cost to register my dog(s)?

  • The annual fee for access to all Monroe County Dog Parks is $24 per dog ($25 if paying by credit/debit card)

How can I pay to register my dog(s)?

  • Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted for payment

What information do I need to bring with me for registration?

  • Proof of dog's age (All dogs must be at least 6 months old to register)
  • Current copy of your dog(s) license(s) from your Town or City, with current address. This includes dogs from out of county or state.  
  • Current copy of Rabies Certificate (we require the documentation, not the metal tag)
  •  We will make copies, so that you may keep your documentation.  

How long does registration take? 

  • Only 5-10 minutes, as you will just need to fill out a permit and agreement in person, while we process your other documentation. (These documents are not available online for download in advance, as they are filled out in triplicate.)

​For what period of time is the registration valid? 

  • ​New registrations are required annually. All registrations expire on December 31st of each year.
  • Any registration processed after Oct 1st, is valid through the end of the following year. If registration occurs before Oct 1st, it is only valid through the end of the current calendar year. 
  • Renewal packets for the following year will be mailed to currently registered Dog Park members by late November. 

​What do I need to know before I use the dog parks? 

What are the benefits of dog parks? 

  • Providing a legal recreational outlet for dog owners who want to exercise and socialize their dogs in a safe, leash-free environment
  • Preventing unwanted encounters between unleashed dogs and other park users
  • Allowing people with limited mobility to exercise their dogs in a safe, accessible place
  • Bringing people together to promote a greater sense of community

What if I have other questions, not answered by the information listed above? 

How can I make a charitable contribution to the Dog Park Trust Fund? 

​Donate by Check:

  • Please make your check payable to “Monroe County Parks Department” and include “For Dog Park Trust Fund” on the memo line. Mail your check to:
    Friends of the Monroe County Dog Parks
    c/o Monroe County Parks Department
    171 Reservoir Avenue
    Rochester, NY 14620

Donate by Credit/Debit Card: THIS OPTION IS FOR DONATIONS ONLY! (NO DOG REGISTRATIONS)

 

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