Parks & Trails

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PARKS

The Park Division is responsible for the management of over 100 city parks totaling more than 3500 acres.  This includes play lots, playgrounds, neighborhood parks, community parks, sports complexes, open space, linear green space and natural areas.   Silver Lake Adventure Playground
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PARK RULES:  The following City Ordinance are the rules governing the Rochester Park System  - City Ordinance 45B. Use of Parks, Park Trails and Parkways 

ENCROACHMENT POLICY:  Encroachment upon City of Rochester Parkland is governed by this policy, last updated November of 2011. 

PEST MANAGEMENT POLICY: To regulate the management of pests within park lands and/or public lands under the stewardship of the Rochester Park & Recreation Department, policy.  Also see, Rochester Park and Forestry Pesticide-Free Parks Program.


TRAILS & YOU

The mission is to promote physical activity through the use of the city trail system.  The city trails are a convenient way to include physical activities such as inline-skating, biking, running or walking. Even lifestyles changes, such as walking the dog, walking to work, biking leisurely or to work can benefit you significantly.
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Rochester's 85+ miles of trails are bituminous or concrete surfaced and are available for pedestrian, bike, in-line skate, wheelchair, and stroller use.  Printed Park & Trail Maps are available from the Park and Recreation Department main office in City Hall. 

EVENTS & CONSTRUCTION:  There are many walking/running events and work projects that occur on the trails each year.  The Trail Notices page lists general information about events and projects to help inform trail users.  All the events listed are organized by private groups outside of the Parks and Recreation Department, unless noted.  All trails remain open for public use during events.

WINTER MAINTENANCE MAP:  While the City of Rochester maintains (snow removal) many miles of the bike route and trail network throughout the winter months, it is not practical to maintain the entire trail network.  Please click here to view a map (pdf) displaying which sections of the bike route, trail network and public sidewalk are maintained during the winter months, and which sections will not be cleared of snow for the winter season.  Snow covered trails will not be groomed but are available, at users own risk, for cross-country skiing and snow shoeing.

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