5440 Route 5 & 20 West, Canandaigua, NY 14424     Main Desk Call: 585.394.1120    Receiver of Taxes Call: 585.394.1120     FAX: 585.394.9476
Welcome to the Development Office Online

office hours

Monday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

whom to contact

Dennis Brewer
Director of Parks and Recreation

(585) 394-1120
(585) 393-1233

(585) 394-1120
(585) 394-9476


Welcome to the Town Parks and Recreation’s web page

The Town of Canandaigua takes great pride in their park system

  • Onanda Park - offers many recreational activities as well as cabin, pavilion and building rentals
  • West Lake Schoolhouse and Beach - offers swimming and summer recreation classes
  • Blue Heron Park and Leonard R. Pierce Park - also have facilities for picnics as well as other recreational activities.

Our newest Park, Richard P. Outhouse Memorial Park, is now open and offers a walking trail, fitness centers for individuals with disabilities and the senior population, a fun filled playground and a field for soccer, lacrosse and other activities. There is also a building and pavilion that can be rented by the public.

On this web page you will also find information such as pricing and pictures on cabin, building and pavilion rentals at our other parks which can be used for gatherings, reunions, weddings and etc. During the season you will find information on our summer recreation programs.

I hope you find this web page informative and helpful. If you have any suggestions or have questions about our programs and facilities, please contact me.

Dennis Brewer
Director of Parks and Recreation

Development Permits and Approvals




Miller Park is located at the corner of County Rd. 32 (Bristol Rd.) and Route 21 South. Purchased about 5 years ago, this Park consists of 23 acres. The land was purchased from Mr. John Miller. Mr. Miller's family has farmed this area for many, many years.

As the site plan shows, Miller Park will be used for low-impact recreational activities such as walking, relaxing and picnicking. The view from this Park is incredible! At the top of the park, you can view the Palmyra drumlins, the Canandaigua Courthouse and the Rochester skyline! This is sure to be a popular location for viewing the area fireworks displays!

Dennis Brewer, Director of Parks and Recreation has been instrumental in designing a park that fits both the community character and the needs of our Town. Finger Lakes Technical Career Center (FLTCC) is partnering with the Town to create the park. FLTCC students will construct the parking area and the trails. They will also complete a significant portion of the plantings. This partnership between the Town and FLTCC is a wonderful opportunity for the students to apply classroom skills to a real life experience. For the Town this relationship offers an opportunity to build a quality park at a nominal cost. We anticipate starting this project during the Fall 2014.

For more information, please feel free to contact Dennis Brewer at (585) 393.1233 or dbrewer@townofcanandaigua.org.

Click here for a printable version of document & pictures

Click here for a printable version of document & pictures


The Town of Canandaigua is looking for an interested citizen to serve on our Parks and Recreation Committee. This volunteer committee advises the Town Board on matters related to the development, operation and maintenance of parks facilities and recreation programs. Regular meetings are held at various locations in our community. The term for this position begins upon appointment and ends December 31, 2015. Interested residents should submit a brief resume prior to noon on May 9th. Email resumes to phelming@townofcanandaigua.org or send to P. Helming, Town Supervisor, 5440 Route 5 & 20 West, Canandaigua, NY 14424. For more information, contact Dennis Brewer, Dir of Parks & Recreation at dbrewer@townofcanandaigua.org.



It's Here!! The 2014 Summer Recreation Program!

Click above picture to read and print the booklet


Richard P. Outhouse Memorial Park has a pavilion and hall that are now available to rent. See below for more details!


Peanut Line Trail Opened June 4th 2011

Click below to see pictures of the opening and dedication of the Peanut Line Trail




Comprehensive Plan Update Project


Click picture to download the PDF of the
Town of Canandaigua Trails Master Plan


There are seven (7) public parks in the Town of Canandaigua


All rental payments must be received in full with the reservation form into the office no later than 2 weeks from the date you called to book the reservation or the reservation will be cancelled!


Please note that for any returned checks you will be charged a $20 fee

Onanda Park
4965 County Rd. 16
Canandaigua . NY . 14424

Located on West Lake Road (County Road 16), Onanda Park is about eight miles south of the City of Canandaigua consisting of eighty acres, seven of which are lake side and include cabins, a pavilion and lodges available for rent. The upland seventy-three acres of hillside contain a two-mile hiking path, pavilions, winter sledding and overflow parking.

Originally started as a YWCA Camp just before the turn of the century, it was purchased in 1989 by a cooperative effort by New York State and the Town of Canandaigua. It was opened in 1990 to the public. Fishing, swimming, family picnics and gatherings have proven popular at this year round recreation area.

Sorry, no alcohol, pets (other than seeing-eye dogs), roller-blades or skateboards allowed in the Park. No bike riding permitted on Lakeside.

Click on the picture above to see an aerial view of Onanda
Park and driving directions to the park

Shore fishing is allowed year round. Car-top (TRAILERED WILL NOT BE ALLOWED) canoes, sculls & kayaks are allowed to launch from Onanda Park on a regular basis and is subject to rules posted at the lake. Boat launching is only permitted November 15th to April 15th, and is subject to availability. For more information on boat launching and fishing regulations contact the Town of Canandaigua's Parks Maintenance Supervisor at (585) 396-2752.

~~~~~~~~RESERVATION FORM~~~~~~~

--->Click here to download the fill-able PDF
reservation form for Onanda Park Rentals


Please note that for any returned checks you will be charged a $20 fee

Check out our newest uplands cabin - ADSILA - available to rent June 14th!

Click on above picture to see details



Find out more:


................................................Hiking Onanda Park

Click above to read and/or print the Onanda Park Trail Map & Guide


West Lake Schoolhouse Park (or Butler Road Park)
3650 County Rd. 16
Canandaigua . NY . 14424

Located at Butler Road and West Lake Road is a swimming area enjoyed by many each summer. Swimming only permitted when a lifeguard is on duty.


From Memorial Day to Labor Day the building is used for Summer Programs and the bathrooms for public swimming use. The 2014 swimming schedule is as follows:

The School House can also be rented on a daily basis from the day after Labor Day to the day before Memorial Day. The fee is $35 per day Monday-Friday and $60 per day Saturday & Sunday. The building holds approximately 25 people and works well for a meeting place, birthday party, etc. There is a sink and counter in the main room and a bathroom that is handicap accessible. The building has heat and rectangle tables and chairs to accommodate 25 people.

Click on left picture for a fill-able PDF Schoolhouse Reservation Form

Call (585) 394-3300 to check for availability

Click on right picture for map & directions~

McJannett Park
4820 State Route 21 S.
Canandaigua . NY . 14424


This is a small roadside picnic-rest stop two miles south of Cheshire and above Onanda Park that features several picnic tables and a wonderful view of Canandaigua Lake. This land was deeded to the Town by New York Department of Transportation in 1995.

Click on left picture for directions to McJannett's Park

Richard P. Outhouse Memorial Park
2550 Outhouse Rd.
Canandaigua . NY . 14424

Now open and offers a walking trail, fitness centers for individuals with disabilities and the senior population, a fun filled playground and a field for soccer, lacrosse and other activities.

There is also a hall and pavilion that can be rented on a daily basis!
This is a great venue for a birthday party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or family picnic & etc!! With the new 1/2 day availability for Outhouse Hall (building 100) this could also be used for morning yoga or exercise programs!!


Please click picture of hall below for inside pictures!

~~~Outhouse Hall (Building 100) can now be rented for 1/2 days!! ($75)~~~

Outhouse Hall $150 per day from 9:00am - 9pm ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Outhouse Pavilion $45 per day from 9am to 9pm
Accomodates 50 people with chairs and tables provided ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Accomodates roughly 25 people with picnic tables during warm season

Inside Outhouse Hall

Picnic Tables outside Outhouse Hall facing pond

Bathrooms attached to Outhouse Hall on outside~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bathrooms between Hall & Pavilion
Call (585) 394-3300 to check for availability before sending in payment and form

Reservation may be made 1 year prior to event. All rentals must be paid in full within 2 weeks of time of request.

Sorry, no alcohol allowed in any town park

If reservations are canceled within 2 weeks of the reservation date the payment will be refunded less a $50 cancelation fee (except for pavilion).

Click here to download the reservation form for Richard P. Outhouse Memorial Park


Richard P. Outhouse Memorial Park is located on Outhouse Road between County Road 30 and Buffalo Street Extension, in the northern part of town, on the western border of the City of Canandaigua and is approximately 34 acres in size.

The park's natural features include Sucker Brook and plenty of wooded areas.

Click here to see map and get driving directions to Richard P. Outhouse Memorial Park

Leonard R. Pierce Memorial Park
5655 Goodale Rd.
Canandaigua . NY . 14424

Located on Goodale Road in the Hamlet of Cheshire, this park is a memorial to Cheshire resident Leonard R. Pierce, who was shot down over the English Channel during WWII.

The park features a ball diamond, soccer field, sand volleyball court, swings, sandbox, basketball backboard, and other playground equipment.

There is also a scenic wooded area and a small stream. The park has two pavilions and rest room facilities.

Click on sign for directions to Pierce Park

To reserve pavilions, phone (585) 394-3300.

Click here or on the picture to download the fill-able PDF reservation form for Pierce Park.


Blue Heron Park
Intersection of Parkside Dr. & Firehall Rd.

Located off Parkside Drive, this park boasts about 20 acres with a looped walking trail, benches and a newly added pavilion! A gift of $1,200 from Kiwanis helped in the cost of the pavilion. There are plans for another pavilion, volleyball court and more landscaping!
Come and enjoy the Town's newest park!!


Current Planning Reports

Please click above picture to download booklet
  • Mail-in registration is encouraged
  • Print out the form in the brochure for mail-in registration
  • No registrations taken by phone
  • People may register for more than one class on a First Come, First Served basis, class size is limited
  • Please Note: Postmark will determine status on class and time preference
  • If a particular class time is filled, you will be contacted by phone