Announcements & News


  • Currently open - basketball and co-ed volleyball
Adult Pick-up Pickleball:
  • Currently open
Adult Learn-to-Play Pickleball:
  • Currently open
Arts & Crafts Classes:
  • Currently open
Fitness & Wellness Classes:
  • Currently open
Free Yard Tree Giveaway:
  • Currently open, for residents only
  • Currently open
Swim Lesson: Valley Pool, only:
  • City residents, Friday, 9/8 at 6 p.m.
  • Non-residents, Saturday, 9/9 at Noon
Tree Id Walks:
  • Currently open
Water Aerobics:
  • Currently open
Youth After School Memberships:
  • Currently open


Outdoor Pool Information:
  • All outdoor pools are now closed for the 2023 season as of 8/30/23. Thanks for a great season, Syracuse!
Indoor Pool Updates:
  • Valley Pool is open. View schedule here.
  • Southwest Pool opening is anticipated to open mid-October, due to roof repairs. 
Lifeguard Class
  • Fees waived for City Residents who intend on working one summer season for us with a minimum of 20 hours per a week. City Resident class fee: $25.00 Non-City Resident class fee: $75.00 Pre-requisite swim tests are taking place NOW! Sign up HERE. Learn more about becoming a lifeguard at 

For daily up-to-date pool hours call our dedicated pool line at 315-748-8908. This line is not answered or monitored. 

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


To Create a Recdesk User Account click HERE. For assistance on setting up an 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.

Department Refund Policy:

In the event the Syracuse Parks & Recreation Department cancels a program, membership, or reservation, you will be refunded the full amount, less the credit card transaction fee. All other program, membership, or reservation refund requests are required to be submitted in writing 30 days from the start of the program, membership, or rental for a full refund, less the $5.00 processing fee, except for aquatics programs. Aquatics programs must be submitted ten (10) days from the start of the session for a full refund, less the $5.00 processing fee. Programs with registration dates less than ten (10) days from the start will not be refunded unless the Department cancels. A 2.75% credit card transaction fee will not be refunded in any case. The credit card transaction fee is subject to change. Refunds will only be given to the original applicant/registrant. Refunds will be reimbursed to the credit card used for the transaction. If payment was made by cash or check, a refund check will be mailed to the address of the original applicant/registrant. Issuance of refund checks take between 4-6 weeks. Refunds will not be prorated or considered after the start of a program, membership, or reservation.




Through the operation of neighborhood community centers, the City of Syracuse provides daily recreational opportunities for local youth from a number of city neighborhoods. Drop-in recreation is free of charge and may include a variety of fun, engaging activities and games designed to keep both the body and mind active! All activities are led by experienced recreation staff, qualified volunteers, or program partners. Drop-in recreation is open to city youth ages 7-13. Programs for older teens are available where noted.
Programs and activities may include:
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids Cafe Hot Meals 
  • Homework Help and academic tutoring
  • 4-H Club activities with Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Daily physical activity through sports, active games, fitness classes and more!
Space may be limited, and drop-in capacity may be reached at a site on any given day. Some programs require advanced registration. Don't miss out on any of the fun! Sign up today for the 2023/24 school year starting 9/6 at 8 a.m. 


For a listing of City of Syracuse public events, visit

Please note - permitted events are only listed after the completion of the permit process/approval and with the permission of the event organizer. 


We’re looking for YOUR help to grow the Syracuse Community Forest in 1 of 2 ways:
1. Receive a FREE tree planted in front of your house in the city of Syracuse, N.Y. Homeowners, email, to see if you qualify.
2. Volunteer at our community tree planting events, watch for upcoming posts for event dates and times.


Due to anticipated repair work planned for the Hiawatha Lake wall, the Onondaga Park gazebo will not be permitted in 2023. The gazebo may still be used until the work begins. Be advised we do not have a timetable and strongly recommend securing a backup option.