Announcements & News


Outdoor Pool Updates:
 Pools now open for the summer are :
  • Schiller Park Pool  - OPEN
  • Kirk Park Pool  - OPEN
  • Upper Onondaga Park Pool - OPEN
  • Thornden Park Pool - OPEN
  • Lincoln Park Pool OPEN
  • McKinley Park Pool - OPEN
  • Burnet Park Pool - OPEN
  • Wilson Park Pool - OPEN
The pools will operate Monday - Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m.  All pool hours are subject to change throughout the summer based on staffing and pool needs/requirements. 
Admission to open swim is free of charge for everyone. The pools will operate on a first-come, first-serve system when pool capacities are reached. 
Children under the minimum height requirement must be with a parent or responsible adult over 18 years old. A maximum of three children per adult are allowed. The accompanying adult must be always in the water within an arms-reach of children, even when a child is wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device. A deep-water swim test must be taken and passed upon each entry. To view the full list of pool rules and acceptable swimwear visit   
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 
Swim Lessons
Summer Sessions consist of 30-minute morning classes that meet Monday - Friday for two weeks at Burnet, Schiller, Schiller and Thornden pools.  Registration will open on for session I on Thursday, June 27 at 4 p.m. for city residents and Friday, June 28 at 4 p.m. for nonresidents. 
  • Session I: Monday – Friday, July 1 – July 12
  • Session II: Monday – Friday, July 15 – July 26
  • Session III: Monday – Friday, July 29 – Aug. 9
 For more information visit Learn to Swim – City of Syracuse.
For more information, email or call the City of Syracuse Department of Parks & Recreation at 315-473-4330.


POPS In The Park - Free outdoor summer concert series! 
All shows begin at 7PM (weather permitting).  Mobile Rec games on hand beginning at 6pm.   Bring a chair and enjoy!  For full list of bands, click on the events link below.
  • Mondays at Meachem:  July 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Tuesdays at Upper Onondaga: July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6 
  • Wednesdays at Kirk Park: July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7 
For a listing of City of Syracuse community events happening in or around the parks, visit

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




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! 


To register for activities, classes, programs, leagues etc. create a Recdesk user account click HERE. For assistance on setting up an account click HERE.  To make changes to your account, call the Parks' main office at 315-473-4330 or email   
Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted payments for online registration.  A 2.75%, non-refundable, transaction fee applied to each credit card transaction. To view our refund policy visit Parks & Recreation Department Refund Policy – City of Syracuse
Be sure to check back often to view our activities, classes, programs, leagues etc. under "Programs" on the navigation bar above. Golf season passes and community center memberships can be found under "Memberships" on the navigation bar above.