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Clinton Square Ice Rink to Open with COVID-19 Protocols in Place

The City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs today announced the scheduled opening date for the Clinton Square Ice Rink to be Friday, Nov. 27, weather permitting.

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 by credit card only.  All reservations are non-refundable. If the rink closes, patrons will be notified via email and issued a refund on the credit card used for the reservation.

Reservations will open Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 8 a.m. and will open one week in advance at 8 a.m. prior to each reservation. Walk-up admissions will not be allowed. All youth ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Skating sessions will be available in hour and a half increments, starting at:

  • 11 a.m.
  • 1 p.m.
  • 3 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.
  • 7 p.m.

The facility will close between sessions for cleaning and sanitation. Clinton Square Ice Rink hours will be from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days each week 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. An outdoor port-a-john will be available. Indoor storage lockers will be available for $.50 per session.

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

All children under the age of 18 will not be allowed on the premises after dark without the supervision of a parent or adult guardian. Photo identification will be required.

For more information visit or contact Joe Burns at


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 for questions. Phones will not be answered 11/26 & 11/27. 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. Grab & Go Meals will continue to be available Monday - Friday at three (3) locations below. Meals will not be available 11/26 & 11/27.

  • Kirk Park Community Center: 4:30-5:50 p.m.
  • Schiller Park Community Center: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Westmoreland Community Center: 3-4 p.m.

Also, 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: Scheduled to open Nov 27, weather permitting by reservation only. Click "Programs" above to make a reservation or visit for more information
  • Meachem: Available by permit only (10-hour minimum rental. For more information email Joe Burns at or Trevor Wallace at 
  • Sunnycrest: Closed until further notice

Pools: Closed until further notice.

Senior Centers (Cecile & Magnarelli): Closed until further notice.


Lincoln Park Virtual Public Meeting Re: Road Closure Options

Who: Syracuse residents who live near and around Lincoln Park

What: The City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs invites you to participate in a virtual public information meeting to discuss options to eliminate thru traffic in Lincoln Park. Neighbors will have the opportunity to offer input on potential traffic alternatives to help prevent illegal dumping along Lincoln Park Drive

When: November 17, 2020 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Where: Meeting Link:

Join us! 


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.  


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.

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