At 120 acres, this is the largest park in Niagara County. It was originally set up as a "green land" to save the environment and flora and fauna. It has been opened up for picnicking and hiking and they have made some ball fields and playgrounds. Plenty of the park is still semi-wild and the trails make good birding areas.
The views of Lake Ontario from the park are beautiful and worth a few phorographs.
Within the last five years they have expanded the park usage to include a bandstand for summer concerts and the use of the pathways for an annual 5K race in spring and the use of the parking areas for an antique car show in the fall.
Olcott is safe. There are no major crimes; there are no registered sexual offenders.
It is a place where you can walk anywhere from dawn to 10pm. (everything pretty much shuts down by 10pm anyways. There are a few bars open later but they are mostly locals and fishermen.)
Just use common precautions and you will have a safe and happy vacation trip in Olcott. Lock car doors and doors to the motel room; use the latch-chain on the motel door when you are inside; put valuables in a safe spot.
The original place of the lighthouse was at the end of the Olcott pier. In the 1930's the use of the lighthouse was discontinued and it was moved to its present location. The original tower was dilapidated and torn down in 1963 and the present replica built to function as a monument of times gone by.
To get to the lighthouse:
you can get to route 78 from either route 104 or route 18. Then just take route 78 north as far as it goes and you are in Olcott; the lighthouse is at the far north end of town on the east side of the inlet.
Men from upper New York served successfully in the American Civil War and a memorial to them is in stone in the central plaza of Olcott, NY just south of the Olcott Lighthouse.
The base of the monument says:
"One Country and One Flag, with malice to none and charity to all" and a dedication to the local men who served their country.
(Someone had put a teddy bear hugging the hat of the soldier.... probably a high school or haloween prank)