City of Rochester | Durand Eastman Beach House and Master




 Project Background

 Durand Eastman Park is located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Rochester on the shore of Lake Ontario. The land was sold to the City by Dr. Henry Durand and George Eastman.  The park was formally dedicated on May 22, 1909. Construction of a public beach house on the eastern limits of the park was completed in 1919.


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 The beach house and public bathing beach served the citizens of Rochester until 1949, when rising water levels in Lake Ontario forced the closure of these facilities. Construction of the Moses-Saunders Power Dam in 1958 provided more stable water levels, which allowed the public beach to reopen in 1959. However, the beach would close again in 1966 after pollution concerns caused by the City’s combined sewer system.


 In 2006, the City worked
with the Monroe County Health Department to obtain a conditional permit to
operate a swimming beach at Durand Eastman. The beach will remain operating
under this conditional permit until permanent beach facilities are provided.

A Master Plan project was
completed in 2007 that identified key site improvements including: parking
areas, a Beach House, trails, green space, site amenities, and water quality


  Download the 2007 Master Plan here. From 2012-2016, the City
of Rochester constructed multiple Water Quality and Utility Improvement
projects at Durand Eastman Park that were identified in the 2007 Master Plan.

 The City of Rochester is
presently working with a consultant team to design a permanent beach house
facility and to develop an updated Master Plan.


 Project Objectives

 Beach House – design a beach house that conforms to 2007 Master Plan and allows permanent public swimming access for City residents. The City intends to provide permanent access to Lake Ontario, ending the conditional permit operation. Lifeguard and beach facilities are currently served by a temporary storage container. 

 Master Plan – update the 2007 Master Plan to blend with ongoing Beach House project and extend full length of beach. The 2007 Master Plan only addressed the western half of the beach.  The updated Master Plan will address the full length of the beach and will address  parking facilities, drainage improvements, erosion control measures, picnic shelter and grill locations, crosswalk and pedestrian improvements, and site programming options.


 Public Input

 Public engagement and feedback for understanding the needs and visions of the community as they relate to the project will be implemented through stakeholder meetings, public meetings, in-person and online surveys, and project updates on the City’s website.


 Project Schedule – Beach House

  •  Spring/Summer 2022: Preliminary Beach House design
  •  Summer/Fall 2022: Public Outreach – Beach House & Master Plan
  •  Spring/Summer 2023: Final Beach House design
  •  Fall 2023: Publicly bid
  •  Spring 2024: Begin construction phase

 Schedule is subject to adjustments


 Project Schedule – Master Plan

  •  Spring 2022: Design consultant procurement 
  •  Summer/Fall 2022: Public Outreach – Beach House & Master Plan
  •  Summer 2023: Finalize Master Plan
  •  Summer 2023: Determine Phase 1 Site Improvements
  •  Summer/Fall 2023: Design of Phase 1 Site Improvements
  •  Winter 2024: Publicly bid 
  •  Summer 2024: Begin construction phase

 Schedule is subject to adjustments


 Project Funding and Attributions

 Design and construction documents for the Beach House are prepared with funds provided by the City of Rochester and NYS Department of State. A portion of this project is being funded with a grant under Title 11 of the New York State Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

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 Funding for the
Master Plan design services are provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of
2021 (ARPA).


 Project Documents

 Key files from the stakeholder and public information meetings will be uploaded to the project website shortly after they area held.



If you have
questions or comments about the Durand Eastman Beach House and Master Plan,
please contact Tyler Burke in the City’s Bureau of Architecture and Engineering
at 428-7571, or by 


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