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 Park System is pleased to introduce our new self-guided, Junior Ranger program for visitors ages 4 to 104.

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Activities Today:

Gates at Bennett Beach open at 10 am, but water activities (when open) do not start until 11.
July 24, 2017 10:25am

The Lower End of Chestnut Ridge (Shelters 18-37 ONLY) and the Eternal Flame Trail are closed through Friday & will re-open Saturday. Shelter 21 will not be open until August.

We have partnered with the ECSO to host car seat checks at various parks. See for details.


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