Potter Park

I’ve been slacking. Life and the great weather this past weekend has gotten in the way of something I love. I’ll do better next weekend, promise.

Potter Park is one of the few public parks within the village of Fairport. You might pass it every day and not even realize it. One of the main features of the park is the Potter Memorial that faces West Church St (route 31f). 5 pillars, artillery guns and a memorial plaque saluting the American Flag. It’s really quite beautiful especially at night.

The park is more than a memorial though. There are baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground, a large green grass field that can be used for whatever you want and it’s even home to a Lions Club facility as well as a Historical House.

It’s not a Hiker’s paradise and you won’t find anyone mountain biking or rock climbing but it’s just about the best type of park you could ever hope for in a village containing an endless supply of kids that need to burn off energy. If you’ve got kids and or you’re looking for a place to play some sports with some friends, Potter Park might be just about perfect for you.

Below is something new I’m trying. It’s a PhotoSynth of the Potter Memorial. A PhotoSynth is like a 3D world built using multiple photos in much the same way a panorama is made. I’m not 100% satisfied with the result since there seems to be a bunch of disconnected photo ‘groups’ but not as bad as I thought it would.


If you can’t see the PhotoSynth above, please visit the original post.

Crescent Trail Through Hike

I found a few other maps of the Crescent trail the other day.

It got me thinking…

My current Saturday in the Park project has an end date. I don’t know what it is yet, but it’s there… looming. There are only so many parks despite my desire for them to be endless.

My next big project might be to coordinate a through hike of the Crescent Trail. It’s not that long, only 35 miles but I’ve never managed to complete a through hike/paddle yet. This might be a good starter!  It’s not going to be an easy one though.  There’s no camping available along the trail that I’m aware of just yet.  My first challenge: finding camping sites.

Who knows, maybe this year: The Crescent Trail, next year: The Appalachian trail!

Perinton Park Locations

Found a nifty little map of all the Perinton Parks.  Note this doesn’t include non-public owned properties like the High Acres Trail Area and there are other publicly usable areas within the town.  But this gives you a good idea of the location of the official town parks.

  1. Beechwoods
  2. Boat Launch
  3. Normandie Park
  4. Egypt Park
  5. Fellows Road Park
  6. Garnsey Arboretum
  7. Horizon Hill Conservation Area
  8. Indian Hill Recreation Area
  9. Kreag Road Park
  10. New York State Erie Canal Heritage Trail
  11. Center Park
  12. Perinton Park
  13. Potter Park
  14. Rochester, Syracuse and Eastern Trail
  15. Spring Lake Park
  16. Town Hall / Perinton Community Center
  17. Townwide Bike Route
  18. White Brook Nature Area

Running in Monroe County

One of the best exercises you can do outside is running.  There’s tons of trails in Perinton and lots of sidewalks in Fairport to run on.  However; the amount of public trails available for running within Monroe County is just staggering.  There’s the obvious ones like the Canal Trail or the Genesee riverwalk.  Then there’s the road less traveled like Cobbs hill or Highland Park.

Anyway, I found a fabulous little resource  on places to run in Rochester.  It hasn’t been updated in a while but it’s not exactly like the trails are going anywhere…

Spring Lake Park

If you’re looking for a place to let your dogs (or your kids) burn off some energy, Spring Lake Park is the place to be.

If you walk to the back of the park it’s a safe zone, there’s nowhere the dogs can go. There’s a big open field (the old ‘Spring Lake’ I’m told) with a small baseball diamond in the middle, a 5ft chain link fence on one side and Irondiquoit creek on the other. There’s a nice embankment where the creek bends around a corner and people (and dogs) like to congregate there. Don’t say I didn’t warn you if your pet comes home soaking wet.

Spring Lake is one of our favorite spots in Perinton because we have 2 Huskies and if you know anything about huskies, they need to burn a lot of energy. In the summer we spend hours at a time there and in the winter we’re always the first ones there.

Despite what the signs say, pretty much everyone treats it as a dog park. The only other reason to go is the fishing. I’ve never done it but apparently there’s some god fishing in the Creek. Pretty much everyone that goes does the same routine. Walk to the back of the park, do a lap around the field, let them play in the creek for a few minutes and then head back out. We’re no different. I even mapped it out for ya:

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Spring lake park would sit virtually unused without the dogs. I’m very thankful we have a place like this in the town of Perinton

The Crescent Trail

The Crescent Trail is the longest trail in Perinton (with maybe an exception for the canal trail). It stretches for approximately 35 miles from one end of Perinton to the other. Chances are if you’re hiking in the Fairport / Perinton area you’re on a section of the Crescent trail or one of the connected loops.

You should never head out on the trail without a map. Perinton provides a great trailmap for the Crescent Trail which you can print yourself or just carry on your digital device. Here are the two sections available:

Goose Ponds (High Acres Trail Area)

I bet you thought I forgot didn’t you?

This weeks post comes to you from Goose Ponds.  At least, that’s what I’m calling it.  Technically the property isn’t even publicly owned.  However; It’s part of the Waste Management High Acres Landfill area.  They list it as a ‘nature trails/wildlife habitat refuge.’  They allow access to the property by the public 365 days a year and even encourage the following activities:

  • Hiking
  • Nature walks
  • Jogging
  • School field trips
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Cross country skiing
  • Picnicking

Tonight is only the second time I’ve been here and it’s gone through a lot of changes since the last time.  There’s a new pond, nice new green areas and a new 100′ hill which creates a barrier between the road and the property.  The last time I was here it was sunrise (picture: left) and it was extremely quiet and peaceful.

This time around, just before dusk, the silence seems to be coming to a close.   All I can hear is frogs croaking, geese honking, ducks flapping, crickets chirping, birds swooping low over the water and the occasional howling of the wind.  It’s peaceful, and intense, all at the same time.  Like a tiny bit of wilderness right in the middle of Perinton (well, really on the side of Perinton).

Unfortunately it’s getting dark so I don’t have a lot of time to explore, but Waste Management claims there’s over 4 miles of trails to explore, and there’s certainly a lot of natural wildlife to observe.  As with any wildlife/nature area, Dusk & Dawn are the best times to be around.

The parking lot is on 31f just outside of the village heading east.  Or, you can find it by using my Instamapper track below:

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A Perfectly Normal Sunday

On a Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago it was gorgeous outside so Rachel and I spent the afternoon with the little one.  So what she’s not born yet?  We’re anxious parents so we couldn’t wait.

Rachel’s brother George & his wife Stacie gave us Oregon shirts for Christmas last year & we just got a package from them for the baby with a Oregon onesie in it.  It was too cute to wait a few months before using so we had a perfectly normal fun Sunday afternoon at the park.  Leave us alone.


We’d been trying to rent ratatouille from redbox for a few days but it was out literally everywhere in Rochester. Finally I found one available at the Perinton wegmans on Wednesday so I rented it online. Yep Redbox now allows you to rent movies online. Well, not streaming or anything unfortunately, but you can reserve it at a Redbox location online.

Ratatouille was a great movie. There was more humor in it than usually is found in the new animated movies. I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. The trailer is below.