Announcements & News

Valley Pool Lap Swim Cancellations (5/19 - 5/21/2021)

Valley Pool will be cancelled May 19 - May 21, 2021, due to maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience. Lap swim will resume on May 24 as scheduled. 

COVID UPDATES

Below is the most up-to-date information about facility updates, program updates and cancellations. We will continue to update this list and additional details as they become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 
 

Main Office: Opening to the public on May 10, 2021.  Please call 315.473.4330 between the hours of 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday or email adownes@syrgov.net for questions. For tree emergencies that occur outside of the listed hours, please call Central Dispatch at 315.448.8361.

Adult Leagues: Softball registrations for the 2021 season are due by May 3, 2021 to Trevor Wallace. For more information email Trevor at twallace@syrgov.net. Make an appointment to stop by the Parks Dept.

Community Centers: Closed until further notice for programming. Click on “Programs” above for information on Virtual programming for youth and families!

  • Burnet Park Golf Course is opening May 1, seven days a week, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunnycrest Park Golf Course is opening May 15, due to course improvements. The course will also be open seven days a week 7 am. - 8 p.m.
  • Cash will not be accepted. Credit/debit card and checks will be accepted. A 2.75% non-refundable transaction fee will be applied to all credit card transactions. 
  • Season memberships are now available online HERE
  • Leagues, clinics and tournaments will resume beginning June 7. More details to follow.

Ice Rinks: 

  • Clinton Square: Closed for the season.
  • Meachem: Public Skate will not be available during the month of May. See you in June! For permit information email Joe Burns at jburns@syrgov.net or Trevor Wallace at twallace@syrgov.net 
  • Sunnycrest: Closed until further notice

Pools: Valley Pool is open for lap swim with COVID-19 restrictions in place. Advanced registration is required and opens one-week prior at 8 a.m. Click here for session information. Southwest Pool will remain closed until further notice. 

Permits: For more information CLICK HERE.
  • City Park Permits for small private gatherings for 200 people or fewer are being processed. Social distancing and adhering to public health guidelines is required. Limited permits will  be issued  at this time (no electricity, trash pick-up, picnic tables, sanitizing/clean-up or restrooms). To request a permit please email bfarmer@syrgov.net or mnesci@syrgov.net

  • Athletic Permits are now being processed provided they are in accordance with the current guidelines mandated by New York State, Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse. Failure to comply with the current guidelines will result in the denial or revocation of a permit. Please email Twallace@syrgov.net for more information.  

Senior Centers 

 

We will begin offering senior activities and classes at the Bob Cecile Community Center (174 W. Seneca Turnpike) and Magnarelli Community Center (2300 Grant Blvd.), between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. beginning Monday, May 17, by advance online registration only.

 

All reservations must be made online, in advance. A schedule of planned activities and classes can be found under senior programs. Reservations can be made online seven days prior to each activity and will remain online until filled.

Patrons can call both locations Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for questions and assistance with the online registration process. The phone numbers are:

  • Bob Cecile Center (315) 473-2678
  • Magnarelli Community Center (315) 473-2673

Beginning May 10, patrons can go to Syracuse.recdesk.com to register for an upcoming programs scheduled to start on May 17.

Senior Programming at the Cecile and Magnarelli Center Available with Advance Online Registration

We will begin offering senior activities and classes at the Bob Cecile Community Center (174 W. Seneca Turnpike) and Magnarelli Community Center (2300 Grant Blvd.), between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. beginning Monday, May 17, by advance online registration only.

All reservations must be made online, in advance. A schedule of planned activities and classes can be found under senior programs. Reservations can be made online seven days prior to each activity and will remain online until filled.

Patrons can call both locations Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for questions and assistance with the online registration process. The phone numbers are:

  • Bob Cecile Center (315) 473-2678
  • Magnarelli Community Center (315) 473-2673

Beginning May 10, patrons can go to Syracuse.recdesk.com to register for an upcoming programs scheduled to start on May 17.

The following health and safety precautions will be taken:

  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
  • Masks must be worn at all times during activities.
  • Temperatures will be taken for each patron at check-in.
  • Participants must remain six feet apart from others unless they reside in the same household.

For more information about senior programming, contact Jackie Hallmon at (315) 473-2678.

ONONDAGA/GEDDES PLAYLOT NEWS

GUESS WHAT’S COMING TO ONONDAGA/GEDDES PLAYLOT - A natural playspace!

This summer, the outdated and aging equipment will be removed and replaced with natural material that will blend elements of nature, fitness and CREATIVE PLAY. We are so excited.

Our forestry crew has been stock piling recycled wood collected from job sites that will be used in the design.

Special thanks to the talented DPW Intern, Josh Wilcox for developing the preliminary design and taking the lead on the project with Brian Messé from our planning and development division.

The preliminary designs can be viewed HERE.

If you would like to receive email updates about this project email Brain Messé at bmesse@syrgov.net or private message us your email.

 

APPLY TO BECOME A LIFEGUARD

𝗔𝗣𝗣𝗟𝗬 𝗧𝗢 𝗕𝗘𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗘 𝗔 𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗘𝗚𝗨𝗔𝗥𝗗 (hiring priority given to city of Syracuse residents)
1. Eligibility

  • Have Lifeguard and First Aid & CPR Professional Rescuer certifications
  • Meet the following skill standards at an employee evaluation (register below):
    • Perform appropriate care on a unresponsive victim, taking situation
    • cues from the tester.
    • Swim 200 yards (8 lengths of the pool) front crawl or breaststroke
    • only.
    • Perform a spinal injury rescue.
    • Enter pool and perform a rescue on an active victim in deep water
    • and return to starting wall.
    • Approach a victim, rescue and secure them on a rescue tube in the
    • shallow end and return to starting wall.
    • Current Water Safety Instructor certification preferred (Head & Asst.
    • Lifeguards)
2. Register online for one 𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗘𝗚𝗨𝗔𝗥𝗗 𝗘𝗠𝗣𝗟𝗢𝗬𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗘𝗩𝗔𝗟𝗨𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 HERE.
Evaluation dates are as follows:
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.: May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, June 1, 3, 8 or 10
  • Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. at Valley Pool: May 8, 15, 22 or 29.
Find CPR recertification and Lifeguard recertification information HERE.

VALLEY POOL OPEN FOR PUBLIC FOR ADULT LAP SWIMMING

Pre-registration for all sessions are required with COVID-19 protocols.

Capacity is six (6) lap swimmers per session. Advanced registration is required. Residents can register for one session per day.

Lap swim sessions are available Monday - Friday for one hour.
Session times for Monday, Wednesday & Friday are:
• 6:30 a.m.
• 8 a.m.
• 9:30 a.m.

• 12:00 p.m.
• 1:30 p.m.
• 3 p.m.
• 4:30 p.m.
 
Lap swim sessions for Tuesday & Thursday are:

• 6:30 a.m.
• 8 a.m.
• 9:30 a.m.

• 12:00 p.m.
• 1:30 p.m. 

Online reservations can be made here  one-week in advance. Reservations will close 24-hours prior to each session. Admission is $3 for adults 16-64 and free for 65 and older. Existing coupon book tickets will be honored. Refunds will only be offered if sessions are cancelled by the department after registration opens, minus the 2.75% transaction fee. Residents are encouraged to set up an account here before registration opens. Walk-up admissions will not be allowed.

The following health and safety precautions will be taken:
• Arrive 5 minutes before their session to check-in. Temperature checks will be performed on all patrons.
• Masks must be worn in the building at all times when not in water. Social distances must be maintained at all times.
• Locker rooms will be available but patrons are encouraged to arrive dressed to swim. Lockers will not be available.
• Staff will clean building areas throughout the hour-long sessions and will conduct a deeper cleaning at the end of the day.

BURNET and SUNNYCREST GOLF COURSES TO RE-OPEN WITH WALK-UP PLAY PERMITTED

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced the City of Syracuse Department of Parks,   Recreation & Youth Programs will re-open their two par-3 nine-hole courses beginning in May. The course at Burnet Park will open on Saturday, May 1. The course at Sunnycrest Park is scheduled to open May 15, after the completion of ongoing course improvements. The golf courses will operate seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting. Advanced tee time registration is not required.  

Season membership passes for 2021 are available for purchase online HERE. Season membership passes entitles members to unlimited green fees at both courses, depending on course availability. Season membership pass rates are:

  • Adults (18-54) - $100
  • Juniors (6-17)  - $40.
  • Seniors (55+) - $40
  • Non-city residents will be charged an additional $25 surcharge. Season memberships entitle members to unlimited green fees.

Below are guidelines golfers should be aware of before they arrive:

  • Cash payments will not be accepted.  Accepted payment methods are checks and credit/debit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Discover). A non-refundable 2.75% credit card transaction fee will be applied.
  • The clubhouses and restrooms will be open to the public. Indoor seating will not be available.
  • Social distancing of six (6) feet apart is required for all golfers not from the same household. A mask must be worn in the clubhouses at all times.
  • Pushcarts, golf clubs and soccer ball rentals will be available.
  • Concessions will be available for purchase.

Golfers looking to do something special this Mother’s Day can bring their mother, grandmother or guardian on Sunday, May 9 to Burnet Park to golf for free with the purchase of one paid green fee. Daily green fees are:

  • Adults (18-54) -  $6.00
  • Juniors (6-17) - $3.00
  • Seniors (55+) -  $3.00

Golf leagues, clinics, and tournaments will resume beginning June 7. 

Footgolf at Sunnycrest Golf Course will begin June 15. Footgolf hours are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Footgolf is a precision sport, aimed for all ages, combining soccer and golf. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf and players kick a regulation soccer ball at the golf course on shortened holes with 21-inch diameter cups in as few shots as possible.

Burnet Park Golf Course is located in the Tipperary Hill neighborhood of the City, at Avery and Coleridge Avenues. Built in 1901, it was one of the oldest courses in New York State and has the distinction of being the only course with a "shamrock" bunker, reflective of the neighborhood's Irish roots. The course's second hole is the second oldest golf hole of any course in Onondaga County. Burnet Golf Course can be reached at (315) 487-6285

Sunnycrest Golf Course is located on Caleb Avenue, off of Hickok Avenue in the City's Eastwood neighborhood. Built in 1928, it provides a challenging par-3, while offering spectacular views of the city's skyline. Sunnycrest Golf Course can be reached at (315) 473-2674.

For questions regarding the City of Syracuse’s golf courses, leagues or programming please contact Joe Burns at 315-473-4330.

GRACE MASSENA PLAYLOT PLAYGROUND UPDATE

A New Playground is Coming in Summer 2021!
 
Check out the renderings below and for more information email  bmesse@syrgov.net
  
 

HOW TO CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

To Create A New Account click HERE. To make changes to your account please call our Main Office at 315.473.4330.

VISA, MASTERCARD and DISCOVER will be accepted. Be advised there will be a 2.75%, non-refundable, transaction fee applied to each credit card transaction (subject to change).

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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