About Us

The Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs is the sole local government agency charged specifically with providing recreation for city residents. Approximately 1,000 acres of parks, playgrounds and open spaces are included under the Department’s stewardship.
 
Our mission is to cultivate and sustain leisure programming while providing attractive parks that will enrich the quality of life, for all residents and visitors, as well as preserve it for future generations.  The Syracuse Parks Department is responsible for coordinating, administering, and staffing a variety of recreational, support, and special events programs. Our goals are accomplished with the collaborative efforts of our 11 divisions:  Aquatics, Adult Programs, Arts & Crafts, Dog Control, Forestry, Grounds Maintenance, Ice Rinks, Golf, Senior Programs, Special Events and Youth Programs. The Department also has an Office of Planning and Development that serves the public through capital improvements, community programs and the creation of signage and graphics for the parks.
 
MAIN OFFICE
412 Spencer Street, 13204 | 315. 473.4330
Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4 pm 
 
COMMUNITY CENTERS
  • Bob Cecile Community Center
    174 W. Seneca Trpk, 13205 | 315.473.2678
    Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4 pm | Ages 55+

  • Burnet Park Arts & Crafts Center
    297 Coleridge Ave, 13204| Phone: 315.473.4789
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 am to 2 pm | Ages 21+ unless program specifies otherwise

  •  Ed Smith After School Program 
    1106 Lancaster Ave, 13210  | 315.435.4994 
    Monday - Friday, 2 to 6:30 pm | Ages 7 to 13 
    (Enrollment restricted to Ed Smith students only)
  • Kirk Park Community Center 
    300 Borden Ave, 13205  | 315.473.2799 
    Monday - Friday, 2 to 7 pm |  Ages 7 to 12
  • Magnarelli Community Center 
    2300 Grant Blvd, 13208  | 315.473.2673 
    Monday  - Friday, 8 am to 2 pm | Ages 55+
    Monday - Friday, 2 to 9 pm | Ages 13 to 19
  • Northeast Community Center 
    716 Haley Ave, 13203 | 315.472.6343 
    Monday - Friday, 4 to 6 pm | Ages 7 to 13
    Monday - Friday, 6 to 8 pm | Ages 14 to 19
  • Schiller Park Community Center 
    221 Whitwell Drive, 13208 | 315.473.4780 Monday - Friday, 2 to 6 pm | Ages 7 to 13
    Monday - Friday, 6 to 8 pm | Ages 14 to 19
  • Wilson Park Community Center 
    1117 S. McBride St., 13202 | 315473.6828
    Monday - Friday, 2 to 7 pm | Ages 7 to 13
  • Westmoreland Park Community Center
    130 Westmoreland Ave, 13224 | 315.317.9250
    Monday - Friday, 2 to 6 pm | Ages 6 to 12
    Monday - Friday, 6 to 10 pm | Ages 13 to 19
    Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm | Ages 6 to 19
GOLF COURSES
  • Burnet Park Golf Course
    Avery and Coleridge Avenues in Syracuse’s Tipperary Hill Neighborhood, 13204 | 315.487.6285
    Spring & Summer Hours: May 1st to September 15th | 7 am to 8 pm. 
    Fall Hours: September 16th  to October 15th | 8 am to 7 pm 
  • Sunnycrest Park Golf Course 
    Caleb Avenue off of Hickok Avenue in the city’s Eastwood  Neighborhood, 13206  | 315.473.2674
    Spring & Summer Hours: May 1st  to September 15th | 7 am to 8 pm
    Fall Hours: September 16th  to October 1st | 8 am to 7 pm
 
ICE RINKS
  • Clinton Square Ice Rink
    2 Clinton Square, 13202 | Phone: 315.423.0129
    Operates November 29 to March 14, weather permitting.
    Monday - Thursday: 11 am to 8 pm
    Friday: 11 am to 8:30 pm
    Saturday: 10 am to 8:30 pm
    Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm
    School Vacations: 11 am to 8:30 pm

  • Meachem Ice Rink
    121 West Seneca Tpke, 13207 | Phone: 315.492.0179
    Operates: Year-round
    Open Skate Hours:
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday - Friday: Noon to 3:15 pm
    Friday: 7:15 to 10 pm
    Saturday: 8 to 10 pm
    Sunday: Closed
    (Please call in advance to confirm hours due to games/tournaments.)

  • Sunnycrest Ice Rink
    698 Robinson Street, 13203 | Phone: 315.473.4696
    Operates November 1 to March 31
    Open Skate Hours:
    Monday: Noon to 4:30 pm
    Tuesday: Noon to 4:30 pm
    Wednesday: Noon to 5:30 pm & 7:15 to 9:30 pm
    Thursday: Noon to 4:30 pm
    Friday: Noon to 4:30 pm & 7:15 to 10 pm
    Saturday: 1:45 to 10 pm
    Sunday: 1:30 to 5:30 pm
 
POOLS  (Hours effective March 8 - May 16 , 2020)
  • Huntington School Pool
    400 Sunnycrest Rd., 13206 |  Pool numbers are not available to the public  
    Open Swim Hours (Free of charge) 
    7 to 8:45 pm - Tuesday & Thursday    
  • Southwest Community Center Pool
    203 Lincoln Ave at Clover Street, 13204 | Pool numbers are not available to the public
    Lap Swim Hours (Free of charge) 
    6:30 to 9 am: Tuesday & Thursday 
    11 am to 2:30 pm: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
    Noon to 2:30 pm: Monday & Wednesday
    5 to 6  pm: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 
    5  to 7  pm: Wednesday
    11 am to 1 pm: Sunday
    Open Swim (Free of charge)
    2:30 to 4 pm: Monday through Friday
    7 to 8 pm: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 
    1 to 4:30 pm: Saturday
    1 to 4:30 pm: Sunday 
  • Valley Pool 
    4942 South Salina Street, behind Clary School on Amidon Drive, 13205 | Pool numbers are not available to the public
    Lap Swim Hours ($3.00 per visit) 
    6:30 to 9 am: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
    Noon to 2 pm: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
    4:30 to 6 pm: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 
    Adult Lap Swim (Free of charge)
    Noon to 2 pm: Tuesday & Thursday
    Open Swim (Free of charge)
    2:30 to 4:30 pm: Monday & Friday
    6 to 7:30 pm: Monday
    6 to 8:00 pm: Friday
    Noon to 4:30 pm: Saturday
    1 to 4:30 pm: Sunday 

DATA PRIVACY
The information you provide will be made available to City of Syracuse staff persons including, but not limited to, city attorneys, in addition to the coaches, supervisors or instructors of programs, who may be contractors, city employees or volunteers, who will need the information to perform their duties. Information will also be available to the employees of the city-approved software company/credit card processor where the information is housed. The information will not be made available to the public. It is within your right to withhold data, but please be advised that the City may not be able to complete your registration or send updated program information without it.
 
DEPARTMENT REFUND POLICY
All program and reservation refunds are required to be submitted in writing 30 days in advance for a refund, less the $5.00 processing fee, with the exception of aquatics programs. Aquatics programs must be submitted 10 days for a refund, less the $5.00 processing fee. Please be advised credit card transaction fees will not be refunded in any case. All refunds will be paid by check and will take 2-4 weeks to process.
 
CITY VS NON-CITY RESIDENCY
You will notice many of our programs have City rates and Non-city rates. Your program spot will be forfeited if you select City resident fees, but live outside the City. City residents are defined as those who live within the boundaries of the Syracuse City School District with properties on the City of Syracuse  tax/water assessment rolls. If you are not sure if you are a City resident vs. Non-city, please call us for confirmation.
 
 
PHOTO POLICY
During your use of or visit to any City park, open space or facility located throughout the City of Syracuse, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by the Department of Parks or any other party given explicit authorization by the Department of Parks to take photos, videotape, or film in these areas.  Your attendance, admission, or use of any or all City parks, open space or facility located throughout the City of Syracuse operates as expressed consent for the use, reproduction, or publication of these images by the City of Syracuse.  The City retains the right to publish participants’ likeness for publicity purposes in promotional materials including, but not limited to, brochures, broadcasts, publications, reports, web pages, or any other audio-visual, electronic, printed, tangible work in any media or format.  Likeness includes, but is not limited to, photographs, sound recordings, video recordings, and quoted language.  Involved material is and will remain the property of the City.  No compensation will be provided for use of likeness. Any commercial photography or filming is strictly prohibited without express authorization of the Department of Parks.