Joshua Park was formerly called Irondequoit Plaza Park. It was renamed in 2005 when a young boy, Joshua Rojas, passed away during a soccer practice. At the time, it was unsure why this happened. The family describes that 18 weeks after this tragedy, a rare genetic defect was discovered that proved to be the cause of death. Since 2005, the family has set up a foundation where families can get support and help further the research into Josh’s genetic defect.
Joshua Park Eating Area
I could not find any area designated for eating at Joshua Park. Unfortunately, Irondequoit really missed the target by not including one. There are park benches sprinkled throughout the park, but not a single picnic table or barbecue in sight. Interestingly enough, the absence of any of these standard items did not stop people from eating in the park! There were at least two groups of people that had found a nice spot to spread out a blanket and share a meal.
There are quite a few play areas at Joshua Park, not least of which are the three play structures. The largest of the three is a pretty standard structure that most parks have. The other two are specifically for young kids under five, the smallest for kids under three. At one end of the park, there are two horseshoe courts and two bocce ball courts. The bocce ball courts looked to be very poorly maintained, possibly because it is underused.
It is important to note that the area surrounding the playground structures was somewhat littered with garbage and some broken glass. Shoes should be worn at all times!
The big attraction to Joshua park has to be the two beautiful soccer fields. When I visited the park both fields were in use, although only group was playing soccer! The other group was playing kickball…I was extremely jealous and wanted to join in. If you’re looking to play some pickup games of soccer (or kickball) this would be a great place to organize the game.
Places to park when visiting Joshua Park
I have never been there before and just viewed these pictures. Are there bathrooms? trash cans? Where do you park? I like the idea of the 2 smaller playgrounds for pre school children. Can you picnic? are there tables and grills? I would like to go there with my grandson age 4
Hey Sally, those are all really great questions. We’ll make sure in the future we address those concerns in the post about the park.
When we visited back in 2012 there were no bathrooms, but there were trash cans. We parked on the West side of the park (http://goo.gl/j8kNhD) in the parking lot of a church building, but you’ll see from the satellite imagery there are a few places to park around the perimeter.
There were plenty of people picnicing but no tables or BBQ grills unfortunately.
Did you even read Mark [Goho’s] Cohoes the row and specific review at the park? Because he addressed least 99% of your questions in his review. Go back and read it again. You might learn something really cool.
I went to the park today with my three year old and one year old and found it clean as always. I do have concerns about the play structures.. one has a splintered piece of wood blocking a broken section, there are orange cones set around where the ground mat was damaged, an exposed pipe randomly sticking out, and sharp edges where the rubber cover has worn off the metal steps. The Gros are so beautifully maintained! I hope the play structures can get some TLC too!
It’s had broken glass just off the side of the playground area for the last few nights that we’ve been there. I don’t believe the folks who cut the grass do anything beyond that. I guess it’s up to the visitors to clean up.
I.m a walker. What is the distance 1x around in the area
Hey Maryanne, it’s about 2300 feet.
Where can one park their car if they wish to visit the park?
Hi Mary, I’ve updated the post to include an overhead view of the park (North is pointing to the left) with available parking highlighted. You can park at the Church on the southwest corner of the park, or at Wegman’s at the Northeast corner of the park. There are other options, too, but these are the two main spots to park!
Mark I appreciate your attention to details and monitoring both the park and interested people.
I have lived down the road from the park for about a year. This isn’t a day trip or a planned visit like Durand or Charlotte might be, but a nice neighborhood spot. Again, not something to plan a day trip around. The main uses for this seem to be town league soccer games and a nice spot to walk for people in the surrounding streets. Most people who park here park at the St. Margaret Mary in the lot off of Cburch off of Rogers and Schofield. With the exception of when the church runs services, the lots are usually open and easy to park in.