Now that school is out, you may have already started hearing “I’m bored” from the kids. When it comes to Things To Do for the children, the city of Canandaigua has plenty of beautiful parks to keep them entertained and staying fit.
City of Canandaigua Parks
City Park Hours
(Hours May 1 thru Oct 30)
- Baker Park 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
- Sonnenberg Park 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
- Telyea Tot Lot 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
- Jefferson Park 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
- City Pier 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
- Lagoon Park 6:00 AM – Sunset
- Kershaw Park 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
- Commons Park 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Northeast Park – 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Baker Park consists of 23 acres of park land and facilities on Buffalo Street. Features of the park include a jogging path, various game fields, new basketball and tennis courts, play equipment, space available to cross country ski, a covered pavilion, seasonal restrooms and parking.
Sonnenberg Park features eight acres of park land and facilities on Howell Street. The facilities include three tennis courts, two basketball courts, one softball field, a large athletic field, play equipment, picnic area, barbecue grills, volleyball court, enclosed pavilion, and seasonal restrooms.
Telyea Park offers one acre of park land and year round play equipment set in and away from the traffic on Telyea Street.
Jefferson Park is situated on Jefferson Avenue and includes eight acres of park land and facilities. Features of the park include an enclosed pavilion with a multipurpose room, a lighted game field, play equipment, skatepark, seasonal restrooms and parking.
City Pier, located off Lake Shore Drive, provides a beautiful setting for fishing or relaxing on the north end of Canandaigua Lake. Seasonal restrooms. No parking allowed after 9:00 PM.
Lagoon Park, a forever-wild park, is located between Lakeshore Drive and Routes 5 & 20. Park patrons enjoy hiking, biking and fishing. No dogs are allowed in the park.
Kershaw Park features 14 acres of park land on the north shore of Canandaigua Lake. Redeveloped in 1996-1997, the park improvements include sidewalks on both sides of Lakeshore Drive, lakefront walkways, a beach area, bathhouse, a small craft launch area, a public dock equipped with a boat pump-out station, improved landscaping and shoreline protection. Picnic pavilions and an open-air gazebo are available.
The beach area at Kershaw Park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Daily admission to the beach area for non-residents of the City is $3 per adult, $2 per child ages 6-18 and no charge for children under 6.
Non-resident season passes cost $60 per adult and $40 per child.
City of Canandaigua residents may purchase resident tags for $1 per person at the park beginning May 28 by showing proof of residency. The tags, which can be scanned upon beach entry, will not need to be renewed or repurchased each year.
Reservations for Kershaw Park picnic pavilions are available for $60 per day for non-residents and $30 per day for residents. Baker, Jefferson and Sonnenberg offer sheltered pavilions and may be reserved by any organized group or individual for a fee of $60 for nonresidents and a $30 fee for residents. Reservation forms available by calling (585) 396-5060.
Need a picture perfect setting for your wedding or wedding photos? Having a group snapshot, prom picture or gathering? The cost for the exclusive use of the Gazebo is $50 per hour for non-residents with a maximum of $300 for the day. Residents pay $25 per hour with a maximum of $150 for the day. Reservation forms available by calling (585) 396-5060.
Carry In, Carry Out
With the exception of the City Pier, all City parks are “Carry In, Carry Out.” This means that park patrons are responsible for carrying out any trash generated by their use of the park. The individual or group using the park facilities must carry any litter, trash or recyclables out of the park.
Dogs are allowed in the following City parks:
Baker, Jefferson, Kershaw, Sonnenberg, and Telyea: provided they are leashed and not running freely. The City ordinance making dog owners responsible for cleaning up after their dog is also in effect in all City parks. Dogs are not allowed in the bathhouse or beach area at Kershaw, or at the forever-wild Lagoon Park.
The City partnered with the downtown merchants, contractors and donors for this beautiful downtown park. The park includes a performance stage, paved brick courtyard, water feature and granite benches, along with beautiful landscaping and many other amenities for the enjoyment of the community. To reserve the use of the stage call the Downtown Business Improvement District at 396-0300.
The dedication of Northeast Park, located on Chapel Street, took place on Wednesday, April 29, 2009. Although considered a city park, the construction of Northeast Park was a collaborative effort between the City of Canandaigua, the Town of Canandaigua and the Canandaigua City School District. Presently, there are three soccer/lacrosse fields, along with a practice field and restrooms, used by the school district and local sports leagues. Future construction may include a playground, pavilion, and amenities for the playfields such as scoreboards, bleachers and lighting. Reservations for the park can be secured by calling 585-396-5080.
The City of Canandaigua has received a grant for a new skatepark, and construction is slated to begin this summer at Jefferson Park.