Modified: June 8, 2018 10:12am

Latest News

  • New pilot program will be first of its kind in NYS outside New York City


    Area restaurants will be added to senior dining program; allows participating seniors to choose a venue and meal each day

    October 17, 2018 1:51pm
  • Dual Port station at Chestnut Ridge will provide free electric car charging

    October 16, 2018 3:10pm
  • Plan is intended to establish a framework for preservation, enhancement of existing system


    Public comment period follows stakeholder meetings at county parks, Parks User Survey  

    October 16, 2018 9:32am
  • Balanced 2019 proposal includes property tax rate cut of 2%, largest decrease in over a decade


    Enhances public health, senior protections; preserves and strengthens the People’s Mandates  


    Funding for SUNY Erie, libraries, arts & cultural groups, public art would increase; proposal also includes $32 million for road & bridge investments, $3.2 million for capital improvements in Parks

    October 12, 2018 12:45pm
  • Poloncarz, Higgins announce grants from U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


    Funding to be used to support existing Erie County Opioid Epidemic Task Force projects,

     implement Probation Opioid Response Initiative, Opioid Overdose Review Board


    October 9, 2018 3:42pm

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The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is bringing back the popular “Junior Park Ranger” program for 2018 and is encouraging parks visitors aged 4 to 104 to start exploring Erie County Parks and recording their experiences in their free Erie County Park System Passport, available to download or at designated pick-up points in select Parks. Aspiring Junior Park Rangers will enjoy self-guided visits to parks designated in the program, recording information on what plants and animals they encounter there along with other observations of the site. Participants will also locate a special “Park Code” at each park they visit and enter that information in their Passport.


“The Junior Park Ranger Program was a big success in 2017, the Program’s first year, and we are hoping that even more potential Junior Rangers will take part this year. Participation is free and provides a wonderful opportunity for families and children to explore our Parks. With more than 10,000 acres to enjoy we know that our Parks system will provide memorable experiences for all,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.  “This year the program requires Junior Park Rangers to visit four undeveloped parks along with any five other parks, so it will be a tremendous and fun learning opportunity throughout the summer.”


Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Daniel J. Rizzo added, “Our parks are a natural laboratory, with fun and learning happening side by side. Children are fascinated by what they see, hear, and feel while they enjoy time outdoors and the Junior Park Ranger Program gives them the opportunity for hands-on interactions with nature, both as observers and as participants.”


After completing their Passports, Junior Park Rangers will complete an application containing their park visit information. Each submission will be reviewed by Parks Department personnel to ensure that all requirements have been met and Junior Park Ranger certificates will be mailed to each Junior Park Ranger. A ceremony honoring all of the 2018 Junior Park Rangers will be held at Chestnut Ridge Park in the fall.



For more information:


On the Junior Park Ranger Program, click here . 



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