Commissioner Daniel J. Rizzo

Daniel J. Rizzo, Commissioner

The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry provides residents opportunities to enjoy recreational pursuits in natural settings on a year round basis and protects regionally important areas of scenic, environmental and cultural heritage significance.


The Erie County Parks Master Plan was created in 2003.

The Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry teamed up with the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and implemented a "Smoke Free" policy (including electroning cigarettes and "vaping")...

The purpose of the Erie County Forest Management Plan is to establish a framework for the process of developing and implementing a forest management plan – Creating Sustainable Forests in Erie...

Bennett Beach is open May 28 - September 5. Beach hours are 10 am-7 pm daily (gates locked at 7:30 pm). Click to learn more about the rules at Bennett Beach.

Activities Today:

The gates at the beach open at 10 am, but water activites do not begin until 11 am. Bennett Beach will close for the season after August 25th.
August 23, 2016 10:49am



Frequently Requested Pages


Phone: (716) 858-8355

Erie County Parks, Recreation & Forestry
Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, Rm 1260
Buffalo, New York 14202