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UPDATES ON MOVING FORWARD - Friday, May 15, 2020

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

While the state of NY enters the Phase 1 reopenings this weekend, we are working to create plans outlining what our offerings will look like moving forward. 

We ask that you remain patient with us as the safety and health for our staff and the public will 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. 😷

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.  
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


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.
In the meantime, be sure you have created an online account at For questions or changes to your account email
Please continue to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at so we can flatten this curve. #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