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Orchard Park in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

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Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway

 

—Chestnut Ridge Park —

 
Erie County - Chestnut Ridge Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 31, 2015
1. Erie County - Chestnut Ridge Park Marker
Inscription.
Park and Area History.
Chestnut Ridge Park is one of the original Erie County Parks, beginning its development back in the early 20th Century. Much of the park construction was handled through the WPA (Works Progress Administration) work force through the 1930s. Throughout the years, the park remains as a prime destination for both day use and for weekend recreational activities.

Chestnut Ridge Park surrounds US 277 [sic- NY 277], known as Chestnut Ridge Road, which creates an east and west side of the park. Each side offers differing views and nature perspectives. The Park has a vast array of buildings available to groups or families, ranging in size from small covered picnic shelters to large group shelters and cabins. The facility offers both mowed park type recreation areas and rugged undeveloped treed gorges.
Fishing at the Fishing Pier.

Acquired by Erie County in 1926, Chestnut Ridge Park is the largest and traditionally one of the most heavily used county-owned park [sic]. This jewel of a property includes some of the most impressive natural scenery and vintage WPA-era park structures anywhere around. Located in the Town of Orchard Park, the 1,231-acre park is centrally located within the Erie County Parks system, has convenient access and has always been a popular destination to residents all over Erie
Far Left Detail image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 31, 2015
2. Far Left Detail
County.

Inside of the Casino. The Casino in the Summer. Robert Lennartz [both photos].

View Looking down the hill at the City of Buffalo and Ralph Wilson Stadium. Robert Lennartz. In the winter, the hill turns into a wonderland where families enjoy sledding and tobogganing.

The most well-known portion of the park is the large open grassy hillside, upon which sits the old stone park "casino" building. This north-facing hillside allows for impressive vistas to downtown Buffalo, and has been a favorite in the snowy winter months for its sledding, skiing and tobogganing. Rugged terrain, deep ravines, mature woodlands, open meadows, scenic picnic areas and miles of nature trails has made Chestnut Ridge a popular getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

The Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway is a 70 mile route encompassing five towns and three villages within Erie County, New York. For a listing of points of interest signs along the byway go to www.wnyssb.org
 
Erected by Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 42° 43.311′ N, 78° 44.675′ W. Marker is in Orchard Park, New York, in
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 31, 2015
3. Left Detail
Erie County. Marker can be reached from Chestnut Ridge Road (New York State Route 277) one mile south of Newton Road. Touch for map. Marker is at the walkway to the "casino" building, east side of the park, along the main east-west park road that bridges NY 277. Marker is in this post office area: Orchard Park NY 14127, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of First Post Office in Present Orchard Park Township (approx. 0.8 miles away); Village of Orchard Park (approx. 2.5 miles away); Orchard Park Depot (approx. 2.5 miles away); First Fire Company (approx. 3 miles away); Site of Erie County Agricultural Fair (approx. 3 miles away); Typhoid Traced to Well (approx. 3 miles away); Orchard Park (approx. 3.1 miles away); Jolls Homestead (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orchard Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chestnut Ridge Park - Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 13, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway. (Submitted on April 13, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkEnvironment
 
Right Detail image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 31, 2015
4. Right Detail
Far Right Detail image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 31, 2015
5. Far Right Detail
Marker and Walkway to the "Casino" image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 31, 2015
6. Marker and Walkway to the "Casino"
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 31, 2015
7. Back of Marker
A view of the main east-west divided park road and parking lot approaching the marker from the NY 277 overpass and ramps.
Marker, Togoggan Slides and Casino image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 31, 2015
8. Marker, Togoggan Slides and Casino
Marker (back side) is by the Speed Limit 15 sign.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 13, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 303 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 13, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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