Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area

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Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area
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Picnic area at Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area, October 2013.
Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area is located in New York
Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area
Location of Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area within New York State
Type State park
Location 6775 Canadice Hill Road
Springwater, New York[1]
Nearest city Canadice, New York
Coordinates 42°41′20″N 77°30′43″W / 42.689°N 77.512°W / 42.689; -77.512Coordinates: 42°41′20″N 77°30′43″W / 42.689°N 77.512°W / 42.689; -77.512
Area 1,550 acres (6.3 km2)
Operated by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors 61,392 (in 2014)[2]
Open All year
Website Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area

Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area, also known as the Harriet Hollister Spencer Memorial Recreation Area, is a 1,550-acre (6.3 km2) recreation area and part of the New York state park system. It is located six miles (9.7 km) south of Honeoye, off Canadice Hill Road in the south part of the Town of Canadice in Ontario County, New York.

History[edit]

Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area was created after 679 acres (2.75 km2) of land was given to the state from the estate of Harriet Hollister Spencer, a Rochester horticulturalist, rose expert and civic leader, after her death in 1962.[3]

The recreation area nearly doubled in size after several adjacent parcels were purchased by New York State from The Nature Conservancy starting in the late 2000s. A recent acquisition of 350 acres (1.4 km2) increased the recreation area's total size to 1,550 acres (6.3 km2) in 2014.[4]

Park description[edit]

Open year-round, the recreation area offers panoramic views of the countryside, including Honeoye Lake. The park has one picnic pavilion, and offers hiking, cross-country skiing, and biking trails, and hunting.[5]

Because of its elevation, this recreation area gets more snow than many parks in the area, making it a regional winter sports destination. Sixteen miles (26 km) of trails, ranging in difficulty from novice to expert, are constructed, maintained, and groomed by the Rochester Cross Country Ski Foundation. Cross-country skiing teams often use the park for practice.[6][7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. "Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area - Getting There". Parks.ny.gov. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Spencer, Harriet Hollister". River Campus Libraries - Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation. University of Rochester. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ Nickerson, Denise (September 30, 2014). "NY buys 350 acres of Finger Lakes parkland". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. "Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area". Parks.ny.gov. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ Freeman, Rich; Freeman, Sue (2001). Snow Trails: Cross-country Ski and Snowshoe in Central and Western New York. Fishers, NY: Footprint Press. p. 117. ISBN 0965697452. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Harriet Hollister Spencer Memorial Recreation Area". I Love the Finger Lakes. 2006. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 

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