WINTER WONDERLAND — Gear up and head outside to enjoy cold-weather fun at the many Erie County parks.
HAMBURG — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has reminded local residents about the many wintertime recreational activities available at Erie County parks, including sledding, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.
In addition, downhill skiing is taking place at Emery Park; the T-bar operates from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays and from 4 - 8 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
The toboggan runs at Chestnut Ridge Park will be open from 4 – 8 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
“Erie County parks are a treasure all year round, but the winter months provide unique opportunities to enjoy their unparalleled beauty while having fun with family and friends,” Poloncarz said. “Here in Erie County, we are accustomed to getting some snow and we take full advantage of that, to provide free winter recreation and outdoor exercise at our county parks.
“There is something for everyone to enjoy, and we look forward to residents’ getting outside over the holidays and throughout the winter months, to enjoy the season.”
Parks Commissioner Troy Schinzel said that, “while many people might think that the winter season is slow at Erie County parks, nothing could be further from the truth. Our entire department switches to winter mode, to assist in offering and maintaining the numerous outdoor activities available in our parks. Winter seemed to arrive a bit earlier this year, but even with all the snow, I strongly encourage residents to check our website for daily updates on what’s happening, before they head out.”
Below is a list of Erie County parks that currently feature winter activities.
– Sprague Brook Park
, located at 9674 Foote Road in Glenwood, offers access for sledding, groomed cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
– Akron Falls
, located at 44 Parkview Drive in Akron, provides access for sledding, ungroomed cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating and snowmobiling.
– Chestnut Ridge Park,
located at 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road in Orchard Park, provides areas for sledding, ungroomed cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and tobogganing.
– Como Lake Park
, located at 2220 Como Park Blvd. in Lancaster, allows visitors to sled, cross-country ski on ungroomed areas, snowshoe and ice skate.
– Ellicott Creek
, located at 1 Ellicott Creek Drive in Tonawanda, provides areas for sledding, ungroomed cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
– The Elma Meadows Golf Course & Park
, located at 1711 Girdle Road in Elma, offers access for sledding, groomed cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
– Emery Park
, located at 2084 Emery Road in South Wales, has access for ungroomed cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and downhill skiing.
– The Grover Cleveland Golf Course
, located at 3781 Main St. in Amherst, offers ungroomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
– Snowshoeing may be done along the Eighteenmile Creek
, in the Boston Forest County Park
and in Sgt. Mark A. Rademacher Memorial Park/Hunters Creek
To view all Erie County parks and winter activities, visit www2.erie.gov/parks/index.php?q=parks.