Webster, "Where Life Is Worth Living” - the town motto just may say it all! Bordered on two sides by water – Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay, this large suburb provides its residents with over 35 square miles of spacious environments. As proof of how seriously the people of Webster take their motto, they recently purchased over a thousand acres of land to be developed for hiking and recreational use in the future.
Active locals participate in all manner of local organizations from theatre guilds to swimming and snowmobile clubs, resulting in neighbors reaching out to each other and forming strong bonds. Whether one’s residence is on the water where sunset views make a spectacular ending to every day or on a sprawling meadow surrounded by scenic farmland, life is, indeed, worth living in Webster.
Landmarks & Museums
Webster Museum and Historical Society at 18 Lapham Park provides 4300 square feet of exhibits regarding the history of the town, from 1800 to the present. There are rooms from the 18th and 19th centuries set up, a lawyers office, a general store, a school room and an apothecary. There are also a number of historic buildings which survive in Webster including examples of Italianate, Greek Revival, Log Cabin, Colonial Revival and other forms of architecture.
Three fire agencies serve the town – the all-volunteer West Webster Fire Dept. www.westwebsterfd.org, the Webster Volunteer Fire Dept. www.websterfire.com, and the Union Hill Volunteer Deptartment www.uhfd.org Ambulance service is through the West Webster and Union Hill Ambulance companies, both of which are contacted through the 911 system. The Webster Police Department can also be reached by dialing 911. The Webster Public Library, noted for its park-like environment, is located at 980 Ridge Road in Webster Plaza (585) 872-7075 www.websterlibrary.org
Who Lives Here
Webster is home to a large number of families who reside in upscale neighborhoods as well as to many seniors who love the convenience of low-maintenance properties and the wealth of activities provided by the town. Some residents find the many historic homes and old farmhouses irresistible; and others find the wide-open rural nature of the region a major draw.
The public school system here is large, with seven elementary schools, two middle and two high schools in addition to several private schools. The district places a large emphasis on athletics as well as academics; and many teams have achieved Section V titles over the years.
For variety, you can’t beat Webster. There are several waterfront areas providing scenic dining and opportunities for boating fun; apple farms and cider mills; farm markets and major shopping centers. There’s a Wegmans grocery store and just about any service you might need within the town borders – everything from boat repair to gift shops and more.
There are some 22 miles of natural shoreline in Webster; so swimming, boating and fishing are as natural to residents as breathing; and with ten parks covering 900 acres, the lure of the great outdoors rules life here.
Recreation & Entertainment
Named “Number 1 Sportstown in New York” by Sports Illustrated, it’s no surprise that Webster is focused on athletics. Webster houses two lighted stadiums, a hockey/soccer complex, an indoor track and Olympic size indoor pool. There’s more to the town than sports, however. Several major restaurants can be found here as well as nightclubs, pubs, and movie theatres.
Kent Park, at 1700 Schlegel Road, is home to athletic fields and a 25-acre Arboretum featuring a wonderful array of flowers and plants; North Ponds Park, at 750 Holt Road, provides pavilions, grills, and trails; Sandbar Park, on the shores of Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay at 279 Lake Road, is a great spot for a picnic; Webster Park at 255 Holt Road is comprised of 550 acres and offers spectacular views of Lake Ontario as well as several lodges and shelters; a Skate Park at 985 Eber Drive is open from dawn to dusk, designed for inline skaters, skateboarders and bikers. There are several more parks in Webster with trails, athletic fields and baseball diamonds; as well as a spray park for kids in the summer located at 985 Ebner Drive.
The June Webster Lakefront Classic is one of the largest soccer tournaments conducted in the region; a Christmas Street Festival complete with a Parade of Lights is held in December; outdoor movies are shown in Gazebo Park during the summer; a Jazz Festival is planned in July; outdoor concerts are offered in the summer months; and Fairport Village Days are in August.
Transportation & Traffic
Rt. 104 is the central route in and out of Webster, providing easy access into the City of Rochester and to the highway system that surrounds Monroe County. Ridge Road is the main thoroughfare through Webster while Lake Road offers a scenic route on the shores of Lake Ontario, and Empire Blvd. follows along Irondequoit Bay.
Within the town of Webster, several main streets provide easy movement throughout the area including 5 Mile Line Rd., Rt. 250 (Fairport Nine Mile Pt. Rd.), and Salt, Bay, Klem, and Plank Roads. Traffic on Ridge Road and on Empire Blvd. can become dense at times due to the number of businesses and restaurants located there
Pros & Cons
Life in Webster is good. There is a natural appreciation of what really matters here, and great attention is paid to the youth of the region – even providing them with a skate park! The cost of buying a home in Webster can be high; but property values are solid.
Just an FYI, if you want to avoid a trip into the city to register your car, Monroe County offers a Mobile DMV service on Mondays in Webster Public Library (585) 753-1604.