Announcements & News

CLINTON SQUARE ICE RINK SET TO CLOSE FOR THE SEASON ON SUNDAY, MARCH 7

Clinton Square Ice Rink will close for the season on Sunday, March 7, 2021. The rink no longer is no longer requiring or accepting advance registration online. Patrons will be admitted on a "first come, first served" basis, 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. No cash sales will be allowed at this time; only credit/debit card sales. Skaters will be allowed 90 minutes of ice time, per paid admission. The rink will continue to be limited to 50 skaters on the ice at any time. Please call 315-423-0129 to check ice conditions.
 
The 2020/21 ice skating season was definitely a new learning experience that had it's ups and downs, but we could not have been more grateful for the opportunity to offer ice skating in the heart of Syracuse through the pandemic. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we navigated our way through this year. We wish you all health and happiness as your year continues...we look forward to seeing you next year!

GRACE MASSENA PLAYLOT PLAYGROUND UPDATE

A New Playground is Coming in Summer 2021 and we want your feedback, Neighbors!
 
Check out the renderings below and give your feedback to Brian Messe by February 26, 2021
  • Email: bmesse@syrgov.net
  • Phone: (315) 473 - 4330 ext. 3013
  • For translation services call (315) 473 - 4330
 
Additionally, you can login in to the Westside TNT's February 16 Meeting at 6 p.m. via Zoom and listen to Brian Messe (Parks' Architect) and Julie LaFave (Parks' Commissioner) discuss the upcoming playground. The link is http://bit.ly/3tiKy4V 
 
  
 

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: Closed to the public. 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: Cancelled until further notice.

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

Golf Course:
  • Burnet: Closed for the season.
  • Sunnycrest: Closed for the season. 

Ice Rinks: 

  • Clinton Square: Beginning Tuesday, March 2, the Clinton Square Ice Rink will no longer be requiring or accepting advance registration online. Patrons will now be admitted on a "first come, first served" basis. No cash sales will be allowed at this time; only credit/debit card sales. Skaters will be allowed 90 minutes of ice time, per paid admission. The rink will continue to be limited to 50 skaters on the ice at any time.  Please call ahead to check ice conditions - 315-423-0129. Birthday room is not available.
  • Meachem: Public skate is limited availability per skate session by reservation only. Click "Programs" above to make a reservation. Permits available for 10-hour minimum rental. For more information email Joe Burns at jburns@syrgov.net or Trevor Wallace at twallace@syrgov.net 
  • Sunnycrest: Closed until further notice

Pools: Valley Pool will reopen for lap swim on February 24, 2020 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 50 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 (Cecile & Magnarelli): Closed until further notice with the exception of Walking Sessions for City residents, 55 and older at Magnarelli. Advanced registration required. Walk-ups are not allowed. To register for a walking session click here.

 

Meachem Ice Rink to Offer Public Skate with COVID-19 Protocols in Place - Monday, December 21, 2020

Meachem Ice Rink will begin offering public ice skating on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020.

Ice rink capacity will be limited based on current local and state guidance. As of Wednesday, Nov. 25, rink occupancy will not exceed nine (9) skaters at a time. Advanced registration is required and admission payment for each skater will be required through syracuse.recdesk.com by credit card only.  

 Reservations will open Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 8 a.m. and will open one week in advance at 8 a.m. prior to each reservation. All youth ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 Skating sessions will be available in 75 minute increments, starting at:

·       10 a.m. (55 and older only)
·       11:30 a.m.
·       1 p.m.

 The facility will close between sessions for cleaning and sanitation. Meachem public skate hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday until the end of the year. New hours will be posted for the 2021 dates.

Skate admission fees are: $5.00 for adults; $3.00 for youth (ages 12 and under) and seniors (55+). Skate rental will be $5.00 per person. Cash and credit card will be accepted. A 2.75%, non-refundable transaction fee will be applied to all credit card transactions. Visa, Mastercard and Discover will be accepted.

All social distancing guidelines mandated by City of Syracuse, Onondaga County and New York State must be followed. Masks must be worn at all times and gloves or mittens must be worn on the ice.

Building access will be limited to changing in and out of skates only. Concessions will not be sold.

Promotions or group discounts will not be available during the 2020-21 skate season. Coupons will not be accepted.

For more information visit Syracuse.recdesk.com or contact Joe Burns at jburns@syrgov.net

VALLEY POOL SET TO REOPEN TO PUBLIC FOR ADULT LAP SWIMMING

Pre-registration for all sessions will be required and COVID-19 rules will be in effect.

We will be opening the doors to the public for the first time in 11 months starting Wednesday, Feb. 24.

“We are really excited to make this announcement and while we acknowledge this is not our full aquatics operation, it is a step in the right direction,” said Parks Commissioner Julie LaFave. “There will be no public swim, swim lessons or exercise classes at this time. We are easing way back in to ensure safety remains the priority.”

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

Lap swim sessions will be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday for one hour.
Session times will be offered at the following times:
• 6:30 a.m.
• 8 a.m.
• 12:00 p.m.
• 1:30 p.m.
• 3 p.m.
• 4:30 p.m.

Online reservations can be made here starting Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 8 a.m. and will open 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.

SENIOR INDOOR WALKING OPTION AVAILABLE AT MAGNARELLI CENTER TO CITY RESIDENTS

Pre-registration for all sessions will be required and COVID-19 rules will be in effect

Syracuse, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs will offer opportunities for City residents, ages 55 and older, to walk or run laps at the Magnarelli Community Center gymnasium, located at 2308 Grant Boulevard, beginning Tuesday, Jan.  19.

“We understand the importance of physical activity and how the lack of it can impact an individual’s overall well-being. We have been working hard to comply with all current local and state guidance while balancing the safety of our employees and community to creatively deliver recreational opportunities to our residents,” said Parks Commissioner Julie LaFave. “The walking sessions at Magnarelli Community Center are just another example of us trying to adapt to our current situation. If the demand for more indoor walking is there, we will gladly add additional sessions.”  

Capacity will be limited based on current local and state guidance. As of Wednesday, Nov. 25, building occupancy will not exceed eight (8) walkers at a time. Advanced registration is required. Residents can register for one session per day.

 Walking sessions will be available Tuesday through Thursday for one hour, including arrival and departure. To start, session times will be offered at the following times:

  • 8:00 a.m.
  • 9:30 a.m.
  • 11:00 a.m.

Online reservations can be made at Syracuse.recdesk.com starting Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 8 a.m. and will open one week in advance. Residents are encouraged to set up an account prior to registering. Walk-up admissions will not be allowed.

The following health and safety precautions will be taken:

  • Residents who are not feeling well are asked to stay home.
  • Masks must be worn in the building at all times. 
  • Temperatures will be taken for each patron prior to entry.
  • Walkers must remain six feet apart from other walkers unless they reside in the same household. 
  • Locker rooms will remain closed. Center users should come ready to walk and leave once they are done or when the session is over. Additional programs and activities will not be available.
  • Exercise rooms will remain closed.
  • Staff will clean building areas throughout the hour-long sessions and will conduct a deeper cleaning in the 30-minute window between sessions, when the building is completely emptied out.

 For more information, call the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs at 315-473-4330.

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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