Shadow Pines Property
Shadow Pines
Members of the Penfield community gathered at Shadow Pines (600 Whalen Road) in Penfield on Saturday, September 24, 2022 for a celebration of the Shadow Pines property.IMAGE_ShadowPines_Cinti and Spinella

The Town bought Shadow Pines in 2018 after Penfield voters approved the purchase of the property which was previously home to Shadow Pines Golf Club. Over the past several years, the Town has been crafting a master plan for the 212 acres of land with input from the community.

The celebration offered a chance to highlight the property and all that it offers. A plaque was unveiled to recognize the purpose of the land and its significance. Penfield Town Supervisor Marie Cinti and Donna Spinella representing Friends of Shadow Pines spoke about the opportunities Shadow Pines provides.

Numerous community groups had booths set up to demonstrate activities that can be enjoyed at Shadow Pines, and a guided hike was held.

Current uses and/or those under development or consideration for the property include:
-Open Space
-Mountain biking
-Sports fields and pickleball courts
-Disc Golf

“We were delighted to celebrate this wonderful piece of property in our community,” said Town Supervisor Marie Cinti. “From open space to recreational opportunities, there are activities for all to enjoy at Shadow Pines.”

Video: Shadow Pines Celebration and Plaque Dedication

About Shadow Pines
The Shadow Pines Property is approximately 212 acres in size and is located generally at the southwest of the Atlantic Avenue and Whalen Road intersection. The property is transected by Clark Road, providing two distinct areas within the overall site, Shadow Pines North and Shadow Pines South. The northern portion occupies approximately 99 acres and the southern portion of the site 113 acres.

The Property is a unique open space asset, centered in the southwestern part of the town of Penfield. Formerly Shadow Pines Golf Course, the land was purchased by the Town of Penfield in 2018 for general municipal use, after the golf course had ceased operation in 2016. Voters had overwhelmingly approved the purchase via a public referendum in February of 2018. The vote indicated that residents desire that the land be preserved as recreational or natural open space.

After purchase, the Town Board appointed a committee of residents to provide recommendations for the best possible use of this property. The committee, known as the Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee, compiled its recommendations in a final report in 2019. Recommendations took into account the recommendations of the Moratorium Committee, the 2020 Comprehensive Plan, residents, and Town staff. 

The engineering and landscape architecture firm BME Associates was hired to develop a Conceptual Master Plan for the Property based on recommendations of the Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee.

Property Maintenance Overview
The Town of Penfield regularly maintains Town parks and properties, and the Shadow Pines property is no exception. Each year, the Town trims trees/bushes, and removes dead and diseased trees on the property. A regular mowing scheduled is also observed to reduce the presence of destructive invasive species while continuing to foster habitats for wildlife such as monarch butterflies. Moving forward, the Town plans to continue an annual maintenance plan for the property to ensure it provides a healthy and safe environment for nature to thrive and residents to enjoy. For questions about the maintenance schedule, please contact Penfield Parks Foreman Tim Masterton at (585) 340-8710.

May 2022
BME Associates, the consultant that the town utilized for the design of the new parking area and future pickleball courts, has completed the design plans and has submitted them to the agencies for review and approval.  These agencies included the Monroe County Department of Transportation, the Monroe County Water Authority, the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services, and the Monroe County Health Department.  Once all the comments are received and the plans finalized for approvals, bid specifications will be prepared in order to put the construction job out for a public bid. 


  • Disc Golf Course - Open (9/2022)
  • Pickleball Courts - Under Review
  • Mountain Biking - Under Review
  • Clark House - Under Review
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Background2 documents

  • A Brief History of the Shadow Pines Property
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  • Purchase and Sale Agreement
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Development Projects1 document

Phase 11 document

  • Phase 1 site plan map
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    The project entitled Shadow Pines, Phase 1 includes the proposed redevelopment of a portion of a former golf course to an approximately twenty-two-acre multi-use Town of Penfield recreation facility located at 2701 Atlantic Avenue, at the southwest corner of Whalen Road (County Road 13) and Atlantic Avenue (State Route 286) on tax parcel #124.09-1-1.

    This redevelopment project will include the construction of a multi-use area consisting of a 119-space parking lot, a ±3,200 square foot main pavilion with restrooms, an additional ±800 square foot open-air pavilion, 16 pickleball courts, two playgrounds, multiple internal sidewalks and trails, and a multipurpose recreational lawn area.

    Two separate driveway entrances will be constructed off Whalen Road near Atlantic Avenue to provide access to the property.  A 6" waterservice will be brought into the site to service the new bathrooms along with installation of sanitary sewer facilities. Stormwater will be handled by a new facility that will be constructed along Whalen Road in compliance with NYSDEC and EPA stormwater regulations.

The Shadows Advisory Committee2 documents

  • 2016 Shadows Advisory Committee Charge
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  • Shadows Advisory Committee Final Report
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Clark House2 documents

  • The Clark House Building Study
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    12/2020 - The purpose of the Study is to assess the existing building for use as a restaurant tenant. The primary focus for the Study is to identify potential building code and remedial renovation work required.
  • Clark House Rehabilitation
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    Project Update - 2021-12-08 - By Bergmann

Moratorium Committee4 documents

  • Local Law 1 2016 Moratorium
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  • Local Law 1 of 2016 Moratorium Golf Course Redevelopment
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  • Adoption of Local Law No. 1 Resolution-17T-081 To extend Moratorium with TOP Golf Course
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Videos1 document

  • Video - Committee Meetings
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    Link to You Tube Playlist. March - September 2016. Citizen advisory committee to identify and review all land use options for the Shadow Lake/Shadow Pines properties.

Land Use Committee5 documents

  • Appointments to Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee
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  • Public info meeting Nov 13
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  • Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee Final Report
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Videos2 documents

  • Video - Committee Meetings
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    Link to You Tube Playlist. September 2018 - April 2019. Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee
  • Video - Perspective and Process - Shadow Pines Land-Use Update
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    Community Lecture sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee. Town Staff update on the process of Shadow Pines, one-year following the referendum vote.

Conceptual Master Plan7 documents

  • Shadow Pines Existing Conditions Map
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  • RFP for Shadow Pines Property Conceptual Master Plan
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  • Shadow Pines Conceptual Master Plan Final Report
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  • Shadow Pines Conceptual Master Plan Map
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  • Shadow Pines Conceptual Master Plan Presentation
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  • Shadow Pines Mountain Bike Area Potential Partners Memo
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  • Shadow Pines Updated Concept Sketch
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