Parks & Recreation

NATUREThere are three public park areas in Montezuma:

Giardina ParkGiardina Park

  • Location: 8102 Dock Street, adjacent to the Town Hall
  • About the Park: The property for the present Town Hall and recreational parkland was acquired in the 1990’s by the Town from the New York State Thruway Authority under the office of former Town Supervisor, John Giardina. It is GiardinaParkSignthe former historic site  of a 600′ by 600′ boat basin used for the Enlarged Erie Canal between 1849-1917. It contains a basketball court, running/walking track, youth playground equipment, baseball field and pavilion.
  • Hours: Daily, Dawn to Dusk
  • Pavilion/Grounds Reservations: contact the Town Clerk to reserve the site for special occassions
  • Contact: June Smith, Town Clerk, 315-776-8844, Extension 1


Willow Grove Stop 69 Park/Dale M. Owens Ball FieldDale Owens Ball Field

  • Location: West Loop Road
  • About the Park: Located in the small community known as Stop 69, near the site of the former Rochester, Syracuse and Eastern Rapid Railroad (the RS&E trolley) line. The trolley ran from downtown Rochester to Auburn and Syracuse from 1907-1930.  Over the years, the park has been used for many baseball games. The field was dedicated to the memory of Dale M. Owens in 1977 who was tragically killed in a automobile accident. Dale loved baseball and was dedicated to helping out with the Little League Ball Team. In 2013, a walking track was added to the park.
  • Hours: Daily, Dawn to Dusk
  • Contact: For special use of field call June Smith, Town Clerk at 315-776-8844, Extension 1

Montezuma Heritage Park:

  • Location: Two trailhead locations: Byron Lapp Memorial Trail, High Street, north of Fire House and Aqueduct Trail on Chapman Road off, High Street, south of Town Highway Barn.
  • About the Park: The Montezuma Heritage Park consists of over 140 acres of parkland acquired by the Town of Montezuma in the 1960′s to be preserved and protected. It holds many significant natural and historic resource sites along the Seneca River/Erie Canal that tell the story of New York State’s Canal System from 1820 to today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the 70-acre  Seneca River Crossing Canals Historic District on the Seneca River in the towns of Montezuma and Tyre. It illustrates nearly 200 years of canal engineering. There are now a series of trails located along interpreted historic sites of the Erie and Cayuga-Seneca Canals in various stages of development. The remains of the magnificent Richmond Aqueduct, second largest aqueduct on the Enlarged Erie Canal, can be visited along the original towpath trail.
  • Uses: Enjoy walking, biking, cross-country skiing, bird watching, and fishing. To protect the visitors in the park, the environmentally sensitive and historic sites, no unauthorized motor vehicles or hunting are permitted. Friends of the Park organize yearly special events held in the park including the yearly Canal Splash Historic Walking Tour, on Saturday, the second week in August; and the Aqueduct 5K Run/Walk, on Saturday, second weekend in October.  Other guided tours may be arranged.
  • Hours: Daily, dawn to dusk
  • Friends of the Montezuma Heritage Park: To celebrate the Town’s heritage and history, and re-create a stronger sense of place for the community, the Montezuma Historical Society formed a Friends non-profit, all volunteer advocacy group to create a museum without walls, help develop trails, and promote the Park.  For more information about the Park, or how to become a Friend, visit: Montezuma Historical Society’s Friends of the Park website.
  • Contact: Questions regarding special tours or general information, contact Cheryl Longyear, Town Historian at 315-776-4656.



  1. Can you tell me the origins of the name of the park? Giardina Park. Who its named after etc.
    Also, do you have any records from early 1900s that might indicate the existence of a creamery owned by the Giardina family in Montezuma?
    Robert Sauchelli


    1. The park is named for John Giardina, who was a former Town Supervisor in the 1980-90’s. He was responsible for getting the land donated from the State (Thurway) first to build the playground and then later the Town Hall. The land was originally a canal basin 600’x600′ along the Enlarged Erie Canal. He passed away in 2012, but his wife, Ann is still alive. She was the bookkeeper for the Town. I don’t believe his family moved here until the 1930’s. He was a dairy farmer, owning the family farm on Route 90 near intersection of Routes 5 & 20. I never heard of a creamery in Montezuma, unless it was something his father operated on the farm.


    2. Good afternoon. He was my great Uncle. It is named after John Giardina. This is my fathers Uncle. Great man.


      1. Yes, I worked with John to get the Historic Mentz Church on the National Register.


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