Perinton spans nearly 35 miles, with the major suburb of Fairport lying within its town limits as well as the hamlet of Egypt and the charming Bushnell's Basin area. The region is a two-time winner of "Best Place to Live" awards - presented by Money Magazine and Relocate America. The area certainly does boast plenty of natural beauty, and with the Erie Canal running through it, Perinton is enjoyed by residents and tourists alike. The new Bushnell's Basin Public Boat Dock and Amenity Center is on Pittsford-Victor Rd. and features a huge dock, pump-out facilities, showers and more - inviting those traveling on the Erie Canal to stop any time of day, or even dock overnight.
Good to Know
Fire protection is provided by four departments: Bushnell's Basin Volunteer Fire Dept., Egypt Volunteer Fire Dept, East Rochester Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Fairport Volunteer Fire Dept. Perinton Volunteer Ambulance provides emergency response; and the Monroe County Sheriff's Department patrols the streets except for in the Village of Fairport which has it's own police force. Fairport Public Library at 1 Fairport Village Landing, serves Perinton - (585) 223-9091.
Local Museums & Landmarks
The Bushnell's Basin Historic District is at the corner of Marsh Road and Victor Road. It was originally a trolley stop… Center Cemetery on Ayrault Road is an early burial ground dating back to 1813… and the Fairport Historical Museum is located at 18 Perrin St., featuring exhibits on farming, the Erie Canal, and early setters.
Who Lives Here
Residents of Perinton have chosen this area because of its natural open spaces and manicured, tree lined streets. The upscale community is comprised mostly of families who enjoy the recreational opportunities inherent in the region, along with professional singles.
Students attend Fairport Schools which feature four elementary buildings, two junior highs, a ninth grade school, and Fairport High for grades 10 thru 12. The district is well respected in all areas - academic, arts & sports.
Perinton has a Wegmans store located on Pittsford Palmyra Road; and the shopping district of Fairport combined with the stores in Perinton Square Mall provide for the needs of area residents.
You'll find pet stores and car shops, major superstores, and small, locally owned specialty stores, along with drugstores, bakeries, bagel shops, and even a winery in the town of Perinton.
Recreation & Entertainment
Many restaurants serve the Perinton area; some are historic landmarks and some anchor the canalfront district. The Perinton Concert Band and Perinton Community Players provide artistic outlets for residents; and recreational opportunities abound.
Egypt Park, at 7 Victor Rd., has tennis, softball, picnicking and hiking trails that connect to Lollypop Farm; Fellows Rd. Park, at 499 Fellows Rd., has softball and soccer fields, volleyball, handball and basketball courts, jogging trails and lighted tennis courts; Kreag Road Park at 555 Kreag Rd., has softball, volleyball and basketball, as well as a boat and fishing dock, and lighted tennis and softball areas; Center Park, at Ayrault Rd. and Turk Hill Rd., offers 120 aces with hiking trails, an amphitheater, and soccer fields - it is host to the town's summer concert series; Perinton Park, at 99 O'Connor Rd., has six lighted tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, and picnicking on the Erie Canal with access to the town-wide bike route; Potter Park on Potter Place provides soccer fields, basketball, baseball and a playground; Spring Lake Park is on Irondequoit Creek and has softball fields and playgrounds; and the Howell Road Park, comprised of over 80 acres, is yet to be developed.
Youth Fishing Derbies, Concerts, Movies in the Park, Community Yard Sales, Car Shows, A Summerfest, Fairport Canal Days, and more are part of Perinton's active schedule.
Transportation & Traffic
I-490 passes through Perinton with two exchanges in the town. The main arteries are Turk Hill Road, Aryault Road, Pittsford Palmyra Road (Rt. 31), Kreag Road, Whitney Rd, and Rt. 250. Generally speaking, traffic flows fairly well in the area.
There are several neighborhoods located off of the main arteries. There, life slows down and neighbors stroll the streets.
Pros & Cons
Perinton holds the promise of a life well lived. Homes are well kept by proud owners, and town officials maintain a vibrant Erie Canal district as well as a full parks and recreation schedule. Occasionally, due to special events, roads can become congested.
Families here celebrate holidays and the change of seasons at special events held in the Recreation Center on Turk Hill Road.