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Monroe County Ellison Parks Master Plan

Ellison Parks Master Plan Update - Ellison, Tryon, Irondequoit Bay East and West, Devils Cove, Wetlands

If you wish to be involved in 5 Year Master Plan
contact Mark Dunn or Mark Rosenzweig,
or fill out the volunteer registration form.

Tryon Park / West Bay Park Pilot Program Update

Well believe it or not the pilot program for Tryon Park and West Bay park are finally moving forward. The county has been working through their plan step by step and involving the community in order to make the process as transparent as possible.

What has been happening?

After the last public meeting the County called for interested parties to submit plans and comments. GROC put together a comprehensive plan that included sustainable trail building practices, best practices for signage within the parks, and a complete set of recommendation and topographical maps that show what trails need to be re-routed or closed based on sustainability.

The GROC plan and recommendations also looked at where trails in West Bay should be considered based on the terrain. West Bay Park does not have any official trails at this time so it is really an optimal place to show to how to develop a system of sustainable trails.

The first meeting to review the plans submitted by GROC and other trail user groups was at the Monroe County Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) on THURSDAY, July 15. Adam Reitz, Russ Wait, Rick Williams and other GROC Board members presented GROC plans and recommendations. The other trail groups also presented their points of view and recommendations.

GROC PLAN that was submitted to The County Parks Department:

- Trail Development: Process & Standards- PDF

- Proposal for Irondequoit Bay Park West and Tryon Park- PDF

GROC Proposed Trail Maps:


What is the next step?

There will be 2 public workshops held by The Monroe County Parks Department at the parks:

The County Parks Department will conduct the following public Field Workshops:

Tryon Park Field Workshop -- July 27, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Meet at the new parking lot)

Irondequoit Bay Park West Field Workshop -- August 5, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Meet at the parking area on Bay Front South, west of the Irondequoit Bay Fish and Game Club)

We need a good turnout of GROC members to show our support for shared-use trails in Monroe County Parks. All are welcome to attend. Please come even if you might be late or cannot stay for the entire workshop. Dress accordingly with proper footwear.



Ellison Park Area Master Plan Update

Please consult the two links below which will show you the consultant's initial draft recommendations for improvements, 10/30/2008


Monroe County Parks and Recreation will start this Fall 2007 and continue through Spring 2008 to update a comprehensive Parks Master Plan for the following parklands: Ellison Park, Ellison Park Wetlands Area, Bay Park East, Bay Park West and Tryon Park. This process will include public input from citizens, residents and user groups. This is a great opportunity for our user group to become involved in the process and advocate for opening up trails, stewardship of the parks, discuss old and new trail options, promote sustainable multiple-use trails and design. This study dove tails perfectly with the Penfield led study of the Irondequoit Creek Corridor as a alternative transportation and recreation corridor. The county has expressed interest in off-road cycling as becoming a large part of this study. Therefore it is extremely important that we have a voice, cohesive message, get involved and communicate our desire as a user group to have access. If you live in Monroe County and want to get involved in this process that can only open doors to further access to our County Park System please click here.

Schedule for this project

  • Plan has passed by a 9-0 vote
  • Plan Now goes to Maggie Brooks, then to the legislature for a vote
  • The Plan should go to legislature in April 2009

Some News:
Democrat and Chronicle Article - LEAVE FEEDBACK



Comments (5)Add Comment
Evan Brent
written by Evan, June 15, 2012
Well, some better reading comprehension on the single track page entry for Tryon filled me in on when the trial period is, but I'm still intrigued to hear about what the Monroe County and the other environmental/hiking groups are feeling so far about it, anyone know? What is the plan at the end of the 18 month period, does Tryon and West Bay get roped off, or stay open? The master plan draft posted on the MC website just vaguely says that shared use will be re-evaluated at the end of the period. Sorry, new to the MTB scene and trying to get up to speed on the local issues and initiatives.
Evan Brent
written by Evan, June 15, 2012
Can we get an updated status on the trial period? I have been searching but can't even find any mention of when the trial period actually starts and ends. Is there any anticipated result of the trial period now that we are partway through it?
written by Tom Lappas, April 25, 2008
Hi All,

I went to the Monroe County Parks Advisory Board meeting today in my first "political" outing as a Mountain Biker. The Master Plan update was preceded by a health advocate's presentation on the need to combat childhood and adult obesity and the need to promote healthy lifestyles. The physician presenting looked over the crowd of fit cyclists and commented on how fit the audience looked. We really were a walking (well, riding) billboard for public health and the advantages of riding.
It seems like we're in a really good place and time to plead our case about the benfits of having access to multi-user trails. I'm glad to be on board with this group and want to thank all of the organizers and trail builders who have done so much for MTBing in this community.

Tom Lappas
Next MCPAB meeting
written by rwilliams, April 19, 2008
The next Monroe County Parks Advisory Board meeting, which are open to the public, is 4pm Thursday, April 24th at the County Parks Office on Reservoir Drive, Highland Park.
Topics for the meeting:
1) Master Plan Eastside Parks, Ellison, Tryon,Wetlands, Bay Park East & West
2) Health Issues and Active Lifestyles.

These are our parks. Lets make them better get involved.
Rick Williams
It is all about follow up
written by rick, February 19, 2008
Thanks to the great volunteers at GROC we are keeping a pulse on advocacy issues in our region. Our letter campaign was a great way to get our large user group noticed but ahh that is just the beginning. These projects involve diligence and involvement at all levels, and it is up to us, the people to get out there and be a part of the process. There will be public hearings, input sessions, advosory boards and committees to get involved with. Get on one of these civic boards in your town. The masses benefit from the work of a few, be one of the few. What would you do without and outlet for your passions, physical activity, health and well being? Think about it and see if you can help, talk about it with people you know, get involved in ways that you can-small or large. Big tthank you to those who make it possible for us to have venues to play in. Big thanks to Monroe County Parks, Mark Rosenswag, Mary Lee and Mark Dunn for their commitment. Lets help them out.

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