Announcements & News


CITY PARK PERMITS FOR 50 OR LESS PEOPLE for small private gatherings are being processed. Social distancing and adhering to public health guidelines is required. Permits will only be issued for 50 or less people at this time (no electricity, trash pick-up, picnic tables, sanitizing/clean-up or restrooms). To request a permit for 50 or less people, please email or

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 note the following locations will not be permitted until further notice: Burnet Turf, Sunnycrest Turf and Sunnycrest Practice Turf.

Prior to applying, please be advised that due to Department staff shortages and financial restrictions, all field maintenance and facility sanitizing/cleaning will be the responsibility of the permit holder. This also includes the customary “start of the season” field preparation.

The following items must be received before the permit will be issued:

  • A written plan outlining how the permit holder intends to practice social distancing for the participants and spectators, at all times.
  • A written plan how the field area and facility, if necessary, will be cleaned and sanitized before and after each use. 
  • Updated certificate of liability insurance with the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs listed as additionally insured for a minimum of $1,000,000.
  • $30.00 permit fee (per field) payment.

Permit applications, plans, and insurance can be emailed to Trevor Wallace at If all items are received and approved, a link will be emailed for credit payment. A 2.75% non-refundable processing fee will be charged. Checks or money orders can also be made payable to: Commissioner of Finance and mailed to 412 Spencer Street, Syracuse, NY 13204, Attn: Athletic Field Permits

For more information about athletic field permits, please email

Park buildings, community centers and senior centers remain closed to the public.


MOBILE REC TO GO! Syracuse Parks staff will visit City neighborhoods each week with cool crafts, active game demonstrations, and other activities to take home. Activity themes will change each week. Registration required for each location. Online or phone-in registration will open each FRIDAY. Be sure to check back each week. Register your child for up to one visit per week. Made possible by the Syracuse Parks Conservancy and their wonderful supporters for free of charge.

View the weekly site visit schedule at HERE

Dates: June 29 - August 21, Monday - Thursday; 2 stops per day, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm ; Ages: 6 - 13; Limit: 25 per site.

To register for a stop: (Programs -> Youth Programs -> Mobile Recreation), or call 315-473-4330. Registration for Week 1 begins June 26th.

Registration will open again each Friday for all visits scheduled for the following week. Registration will remain open for each stop until all activity kits are reserved.

ALSO, be sure to check out our VIRTUAL RECREATION CENTER for more activities and resources throughout summer. Visit


#SYRACUSESWIMSON Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced Thursday we will open Onondaga Park Pool and Thornden Park Pool starting July 23. Kirk Park Pool and Schiller Park Pool are still on track to open July 16, as previously announced. All pools will open with new protocols due to COVID-19. 

All four pools will offer free open swim seven days a week from 12 - 6:00 PM. Schiller Park Pool and Thornden Park Pool will also offer lap swim Monday - Friday, 6:30 - 10:00 AM for $3.00. Open swim and lap swim will be by reservation only in 40-minute time blocks. One time slot per day will be allowed.

For more information about the summer 2020 pool protocol visit

Thank you to the  Syracuse Parks Conservancy and their community fundraising campaign, #SyracuseSwimsOn for raising over $100,000.00 to help offset costs of opening two additional City pools for the 2020 summer season. Information on the campaign is at ( 


While we may not be able to spend time  together with you in physical buildings or neighborhood parks during this difficult time, our hope is that we can stay connected virtually.  Our Virtual Recreation Center can quickly connect you to great resources and programs from a variety of sources, including the Syracuse Parks Department, other local agencies, and beyond!  Check back often, as new activities may be added during the summer. Click here to visit!


We know you continue have questions about what future
phase guidelines mean for your favorite park programs and activities. 

As we deal with the financial impacts of COVID-19, we are working to create plans outlining what our offerings will look
like moving forward. 

We ask that you continue to remain patient with us as the safety and
health for our staff and the public continue to remain our top priority. 

We would like nothing more than to click our feet and
return to normal, but things will take time. As phased plans to reopen are confirmed,
we will post them here! Stay healthy and safe. 😷
Parks buildings, community centers and senior centers remain closed to the public.

Summer Camps:  Effective June 5, 2020, the 2020 Summer Day
Camp Program schedule is canceled due to financial impacts and limited available program
partners as a result of COVID-19.

Although several camp partners indicated they are unable to participate in the program, two
partners have worked to adjust camp plans for their own programming. Families
may be able to register directly. For more information visit the Everson Museum
at, and The Red House at
Drop-in programs for youth, adults and seniors at community and senior centers are also
canceled.To engage and educate kids and families through the summer months, we will
be developing virtual programming and “ to go” mobile recreation. Details will be published here once finalized.

Golf Courses: Syracuse's two par-3 nine-hole courses at Burnet Park and Sunnycrest Park are scheduled to open on Saturday, May 16 with new protocols in place.  City of Syracuse golf courses will operate seven days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., weather permitting, by reservation only. Walkup play will not be allowed.  

For more information visit 

Tennis Courts: Outdoor city tennis courts will reopen on Friday, May 15. 
To ensure everyone’s safety, players on the courts should
adhere to the following guidelines:

Play with members of
your own household whenever possible;Keep six (6) feet apart
from other players and park users. A mask must be worn when social
distances are not able to be maintained;Wash/sanitize hands
before and after playing tennis;Avoid touching court nets, gates, fences and benches;Do not share equipment
with other players. Sanitize equipment after play;Do not use the courts if
you are feeling ill. The list of parks with open
tennis courts are: Barry Park, Burnet
Park, Comfort Tyler Park, Homer Wheaton Park, Kirk Park, Lincoln Park, McChesney Park, Meachem Fields, Upper Onondaga Park, Roesler Park, Schiller Park, Sunnycrest Park, Thornden Park, and Wadsworth Park.

City tennis
courts are free of charge and available on a first-come first-serve basis from
dawn to dusk.
For questions regarding our tennis
courts, please call (315) 473-4330.


City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced that the Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs will open “Weekend Walks in the Parks” on weekends by closing roads to vehicles in four City parks.
“Weekend Walks in the Parks” will offer widened outdoor walking paths all day on Saturdays and Sundays, 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. Click on park name to download map:
• 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


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 2.7%, 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.  

Current Activity Guide