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:

Bennett Beach is closed to water activities for the season.
August 26, 2016 11:14am



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