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Parks and Recreation

Compiled by Kris West

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Abbey-Kuehnle Park – Named in memory of two rescue workers who perished in the flood of 1972, this park is conveniently located next to Erwin Valley Elementary school on Beartown Road. This park offers four lighted tennis courts, a practice wall, a lighted full basketball court, a picnic pavilion, and play equipment for young school-aged children.

Cooper’s Plains Park – This small pocket park offers families with small children and NBA hopefuls a great place to spend some time. The Town recently installed a play structure appropriate for early school-aged children. A lighted, full-sized basketball court occupies the other side of this half-acre park. A picnic table and bench offer a place to rest and enjoy a snack after a morning of exercise and fun.

Craig Park - Located in the Village of Painted Post, this park is named after former village mayor Charles Craig. Craig Park has numerous open air picnic tables and grills and a large pavilion. Basketball, tennis, a sand volleyball court, and a skateboard park make this park fun for the whole family. A paved linear jogging and exercise trail connects Craig Park to neighborhoods in Painted Post and Riverside. The pavilion area can be reserved for group events by calling the Village Clerk at 962-4605. No glass containers are allowed.

Hodgman Park – Named after an Erwin settler who operated Hodgman's Mill near this site, Hodgman Park is located in the Village of Painted Post just off West Water Street. Here, the Town of Erwin maintains the basketball courts, box lacrosse facilities, playground area, and picnic pavilion. The pavilion can be reserved by calling the Town on 607-936-5636.

Kinsella Park - Whether your thing is sports, family picnics, or nature exploration, Kinsella Park is the place to be! Just off Canada Road, you’ll find Small Fry Football, Little League Baseball, and Cinderella Softball. Closer to the river, other amenities include a picnic pavilion, playground, soccer/baseball field, boat launch, shaded open picnic area with charcoal grills, and a nature trail. The picnic pavilion and restroom facilities can be reserved for group activities by calling the Town on 607-936-5636. The boat launch at Kinsella Park is one of more than a dozen within the Chemung River Watershed. For more information about how to safely access the river, visit the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed website at

David B Erwin Park (formerly Pioneer Park) – Tucked in at the end of Pioneer Road in Long Acres, this quiet gem of a park is a nice place for small groups with young children to gather. Here, kids can brush up their basketball skills on the half court or explore both new and vintage playground equipment.

Scudder-Weber Park - Tucked in behind the apartments off Creekside Drive, this park offers a full basketball court, a playground full of well-maintained, vintage play structures, a picnic table, and lots of room for a good old fashioned game of tag.

Twin Valley – Located north of the intersection of Route 417 and Indian Hills Road, this park offers vintage play equipment, a shaded picnic table with a charcoal grill, and a field large enough for a pick-up game of soccer or football with friends.

Beartown Park - Facilities include a playing field and a few playing structures.

First Responders Honor Park
The Tri-County First Responders Honor Park is a tribute to police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and rescue personnel in Steuben, Chemung, and Schuyler counties. The honor park is located near the corner of South Hamilton Street and Forest Drive in the Gang Mills area. The park features four honor beds - one each for fire, police, medical, and rescue.

Boat Launches
The Town of Erwin has two boat launch sites. The first is at Kinsella Park with access to the Canisteo River. The second is on the Mulholland Rd with access to the Tioga River. For more information, check out NYS DEC or Friends of the Chemung River Watershed.

State Lands
The Town of Erwin is blessed with thousands of acres of public land conserved by New York State. Whether you’re looking for a vigorous hike through the region’s forests or a relaxing day on the links, you can find it here in Erwin. The Department of Environmental Conservation manages four areas for rustic recreational opportunities, including hunting, trapping, hiking, and fishing. For more maps and information, visit:

Erwin Wildlife Management Area - More information from NYS DEC.

Erwin Mountain State Forest - More information from NYS DEC.

McCarthy Hill State Forest - More information from NYS DEC.

Erwin Hollow State Forest - More information from NYS DEC.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation operates the 18-hole Indian Hills State Golf Course on the banks of the Tioga River. Visit NYS Parks to learn more.

Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting is Cancelled

The applicant withdrew his application and therefore tonight’s 11/28/23 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting at 7 PM is canceled.

Proposed Zoning Amendment

At the December 12, 2023 meeting, the Town Board will review the recommendation from the Town Community Development Agency on whether it is in the best interest of Town residents to act on a citizen proposal to amend the zoning law to allow chickens in residential neighborhoods.  

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Leaf Pickup Update

LEAF PICKUP will begin October 18 and continue until the first lasting snowfall. Leaves must be raked to the road.  Please do not rake into the road and do not block drainage systems or the paths to drainage systems. No bags are allowed. Leaves with trees branches, or grass clippings in them will not be picked up.

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