Rochester has more than 3,500 acres of nationally recognized parks where you can explore, play, rest or entertain. Some of these parks were designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York's Central Park. Rochester's parks offer active and passive forms of recreation, from organized sports facilities and playgrounds, to scenic overlooks and trails for solitary walks and jogs. Our park amenities include picnic areas, lodges, playgrounds, ball fields and tennis courts. Some include sandy beaches, ice-skating rinks and pools.