Help shape future of lake parks in Gorham

The eastern shore of Canandaigua has two small public parks that give locals and visitors a chance to enjoy the lake. But much can be done to make Ontario Beach and Deep Run Parks more watershed- and people-friendly. That’s what Ontario County planners are working on and looking for public input.

A kick-off meeting that will be more like a open house is set for Saturday, April 21. That’s when you’ll be able to see what the planners are up to — with a lot more to be done and your viewpoint appreciated.

Public access to Canandaigua Lake is very limited — 97 percent of its 36-mile shoreline is in private ownership with only nine public parks/recreation areas, including Ontario Beach and Deep Run. These are the only public lake access points in the town of Gorham, and the only lakefront parks in the Ontario County Park System. Both parks are valuable for many reasons — none the least of which, both have sweeping views of Canandaigua Lake and the Bristol Hills, charge no fee, and are open late spring to early fall.

“The purpose of this master plan is to identify opportunities to increase park amenities and access to Canandaigua Lake,” according to the Ontario County Planning Department. The plan also aims to build “on the existing aesthetic character and stunning lake views at these two parks.” It will “incorporate a pragmatic and creative fusion of engineering, ecology and recreation planning to build cohesive, attractive and sustainable waterfront park designs” for the two parks.

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