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City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh today announced that the Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs will open “Weekend Walks in the Parks” starting this weekend by closing roads to vehicles in four City parks.

“Weekend Walks in the Parks” will offer widened outdoor walking paths on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., making it easier for people to enjoy city parks and practice social distancing. As residents are encouraged to stay at home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the designated time period for pedestrians to walk or run the mapped routes is designed to provide a safe and healthy alternative for people to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing.

The maps, located at the entryway of each park, show where people can park, where the road closures are, and outlines the routes that can be followed. Residents can visit any of the following park sites where the roads are closed to traffic for Weekend Walks in the Parks:
Burnet Park (Burnet Park Drive, Syracuse, NY 13204)
Lincoln Park (140 Robinson St., Syracuse, NY 13203)
Upper Onondaga Park (176 Onondaga Park Dr, Syracuse, NY 13207)
Thornden Park (Thornden Park Drive Syracuse NY 13210)

Residents are also encouraged to frequent other parks with walking loops regularly closed to traffic such as Schiller Park, as well as parks with hiking trails such as Heath Park, Elmwood Park, and Sunnycrest Park. When visiting parks, residents are reminded to do so safely and responsibly.

Park visitors should:
• avoid congregating in groups of any size;
• allow safe distancing;
• be considerate when passing by at a safe distance; and
• remember athletic fields, basketball courts, bathrooms, benches, exercise equipment, picnic tables, and playgrounds are all closed.

Be safe. Wash hands often. Stay informed. #LetsTakeCareOfEachOther


Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs is delaying registration for Summer Camps (originally scheduled to open online this Saturday, April 4, 2020) until further notice. Follow us on FB @SyracuseParksRec for updates as we know more.
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Please continue to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at so we can flatten this curve. #LetsTakeCareOfEachOther


All programs and activities are canceled until further notice. All playground and outdoor exercise equipment is closed. Athletic fields, basketball courts and golf courses are also closed at this time. Parks and trails remain open for cycling, running and walking, but we ask that you continue to practice social distancing and safe hygiene while in our parks. Please note, all buildings are closed at this time. Be safe, stay healthy and take care of each other.


PARK VISITS: When visiting our parks, please follow the guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe during this time.
1. Enjoy nature
2. Keep a safe distance from other people (6 feet or more)
3. Limit recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities involving close contact with other people.
4. Refrain from using playground and exercise equipment as they are closed at this time.
5. Athletic fields, basketball courts, and golf courses are closed at this time.
6. Avoid touching surfaces.
Be safe. Wash hands often. Stay informed. #LetsTakeCareOfEachOther


PLAYGROUND & EXERCISE EQUIPMENT CLOSURE: Effective immediately, our playgrounds and exercise equipment will be closed to the public until further notice in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our crews are working hard to keep our parks beautiful, but outdoor surfaces and equipment are not sanitized.
Parks and trails will remain open for cycling, walking and running. As part of the Monday Mile Campaign, the designated routes provide a convenient way to get outside and track your mileage. Visit a park today, and enjoy nature! Monday Miles in the City Parks include: Burnet Park: Begin at parking area near the playground. Include golf course extension for full mile • Thornden Park: Begin in parking area near Pool and make a single loop around the park • Upper Onondaga Park: Begin across from parking area near tennis courts and make a single loop around the park • Schiller Park neighborhood: Loop begins along sidewalk near tennis courts. • Barry Park neighborhood: Loop begins near fieldhouse • Sunnycrest Park: Loop begins at golf clubhouse.
We ask that you continue to practice social distancing and safe hygiene when visiting parks.
Be safe, stay healthy, and take care of each other!

Cancellations & Closings - Monday, March 16, 2020

UPDATE: Effective as of 3:00 p.m. today, the following are cancelled and closed until further notice. This includes:
• Adult Leagues: Men’s basketball at Frazer on Wednesdays and Women’s at Magnarelli Community Center on Mondays.

• Arts & Craft classes at the Burnet Park Arts & Crafts Facility. The facility will be closed.

• Aquatics activities are now cancelled at all locations: Huntington, Valley and Southwest Pools. Pools will remain closed. Staff are currently contacting registered participants.

• Ice Skating at Meachem and Sunnycrest Ice Rinks. Both rinks will be closed.

• Permits: All league and facility permits are not being issued until further notice. Current permit holders will be contacted when we have more information.

• Senior exercising classes at the Bob Cecile and Magnarelli Senior Centers. Both Centers are closed. Times and locations for senior meal distribution will be provided as details are finalized.

• All youth community centers are closed, including:  Lou Bova Butternut Community Center at Schiller Park,  Magnarelli Community Center at McChesney Park, Seals Community Center at Kirk Park , Wilson Park Community Center, and Westmoreland Community Center. This includes After-School Pograms at Ed Smith School and Northest Community Center. Meal distribution information will be provided as details are finalized.


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Department Refund Policy:

All program and reservation refunds are required to be submitted in writing 30 days from the start of the program or rental for a full refund, less the $5.00 processing fee, with the exception of aquatics programs. Aquatics programs must be submitted ten (10) days for a full refund, less the $5.00 processing fee. Please be advised that credit card transaction fees will not be refunded in any case. All refunds will be paid by check and take 2-4 weeks to process.  

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