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  • City Parks understands the importance of regular physical activity for improving the health and well being of all of us! Guidelines presented by the Centers for Disease Control and other experts indicate that by accumulating 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week, we can substantially reduce the risk for a host of chronic diseases. And remember...outdoor recreation in the Winter can also be great fun! To help achieve that goal, City Parks make fitness enjoyable throughout the year and offers the following opportunities.  Scroll down for terrific opportunities for Adults, Seniors, Youth and Families.


     FITNESS INSTRUCTORS

    Join our Team! Help to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle by leading fitness classes in our parks and recreation centers...classes may be offered for youth, seniors, and adults! Send a short e-mail indicating your interest in applying, along with your experience and certifications to Chris Abbott at cabbott@syrgov.net


    ADULT FITNESS PROGRAMS
    FIT! PARKS:  Free Community Fitness Classes in your neighborhood parks!  Don't miss these terrific outdoor fitness classes... with exercises designed to improve functional strength and balance... in the beautiful setting of our Parks.  No fancy equipment needed! No Cost to join! Expert instruction! Current Fit Parks sessions will be offered according to the schedule below... Check back each season! Click HERE for a FIT Parks registration form, to bring with you to class.

    Summer 2016 Schedule:

    •  Burnet Park (meets near rink)...   Instructor: Ann Iannotta, DPT.  Tuesdays and Thursdays;  6:00pm - 6:45pm; July 5th - August 25th
    •  Thornden Park (meets at Carriage House) Mondays and Thursdays; 5:00pm - 5:45pm  Instructor: Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA  (note, no class 6/27, 6/30, 7/4)  

     
    YOGA IN THE PARK! Enjoy Yoga this Summer in beautiful and serene venues within your City Parks.  e-mail parksyouthrecreation@syrgov.net for info, or to rsvp.  FREE!

    • Onondaga Park Gazebo (Roberts Ave)...  Saturdays...July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, from 8:00am - 9:00am.  
    • Burnet Park (at the Golf Clubhouse deck)... Tuesday mornings:  July 26, August 2, 9.  Meets at 7:00am
    • Thornden Park (meets at the lily pond)... Sundays August 7, 14, 21, 28.  Meets at 7:00am

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS!:  Thanks for Joining us in 2016!  See you next Summer!!! Wellness Wednesdays, the free outdoor fitness program, returns this summer to downtown's Clinton Square. Certified instructors from Metro Fitness, based in downtown Syracuse, will offer the following classes on Wednesdays... June 15th - July 27th.    No cost to join... simply drop in each Wednesday!
    2016 Wellness Wednesdays Schedule:

    •  6:30am - 7:30am:  Yoga with Kathleen (please bring a yoga mat)
    • 12:15pm-12:45pm:  Zumba with Lynn (please bring water and comfortable shoes)
    • 5:30pm - 6:00pm:  Hula Fit with Bradleigh (bring one if you have one!)

     FITNESS AND WELLNESS FOR ALL ADULTS and/or FAMILIES

    • SOUTHSIDE WALKING CLUB...   Join Wellness Coach Desiree Odom as she leads a weekly walking group along the new fitness lanes on Onondaga Creek Blvd!  See the sights, share what's up, and get fit while having fun!   Perfect for all ages and abilities.  Free!  Also, receive a free pedometer (while supplies last)!  Summer 2016 schedule:  Saturdays (weather permitting): beginning July 9th; Group meets at 8:00am at Brighton Ave intersection.  No registration is necessary; just bring a completed Fit Parks form to your first class (or complete one on site).  Click HERE for a FIT Parks registration form

    •  MONDAY MILES: Part of the MONDAY MILE and HEALTHY MONDAY Campaign! Two City Parks serve as start/end points for MONDAY MILE Routes , and four City Parks are marked with Monday Mile routes completely within the Park boundaries...Walk, run, or wheel, as the designated routes provide a convenient way to track your mileage! Visit a park today, and enjoy the benefits of outdoor fitness! Congratulations to everyone that completed the Passport Challenge in 2015!  2016 Passport Challenge now underway! e-mail  ParksYouthRecreation@syrgov.net for more information. 
      Monday Miles in the City Parks:
      •   Burnet Park: Begin at Parking area near the Playground. Include Golf course extension for 1 full Mile.
      •  Thornden Park : Single Loop - Begin in Parking Area near Pool
      •  Upper Onondaga Park : Single Loop- Begin across from Parking area near tennis courts.
      •  Schiller Park neighborhood: Loop begins along sidewalk near tennis courts Barry Park neighborhood: Loop begins near fieldhouse
      •  Sunnycrest Park: Loop begins at Golf Clubhouse. 
       
    • SYRATHON ROAD RACE SERIES:  Stay active through running! Tour City parks and neighborhoods on foot, and accumulate marathon mileage (26.2), by choosing from up to 7 road races and 3 Fun Runs held through the year in the City of Syracuse. Click HERE for more information and to register for SYRATHON! Earn great rewards! SYRATHON 2016 will once again kick off with the Tipperary Hill Shamrock Run on March 5.  Registration is now closed for the 2016 Series, but come check out the remaining Series Races!
      SYRATHON Bonus Mile FUN RUNS - - Hey Syrathoners! Join Fleet Feet Syracuse and the Parks Department for 3 terrific opportunities to earn up to 9 more miles toward your Syrathon goal:
    • AQUATIC EXERCISE CLASSES: Don't miss this low impact workout that is sure to improve your strength, flexibility and endurance.  Looking for a great low-impact exercise option? Maybe training for that triathalon? City Parks offers exclusive Lap/Training Swim hours Location:  FEE: $3 or 1 coupon per entry. Entire pool available for lap swimming only.To qualify for an exemption from any fees charged for pool use, proof of exemption must be provided upon EACH ENTRY to the pool. If proof of exemption is not provided, a fee will be charged or access to the pool denied. COUPON BOOK: $55 for 20 tickets or $125 for 50 tickets. Booklets are available for purchase at the Parks Main Office (412 Spencer Street, 13204).
    • COOKING TOGETHER FOR FAMILY MEALS 2016...Free Cooking Classes for Families!  Join educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension for this exciting series of classes... at the Magnarelli Community Center.  You and your family members will learn great ways to prepare and enjoy healthful, inexpensive and delicious meals...together as a family!  Join us for a fun night out with the kids!  When registering,  include at least one or two adults, and up to 3 youth, ages 8-15, from the same household. Check back for the Fall, 2016 schedule!


    SENIOR FITNESS PROGRAMS

    • FIT FOR THE NEXT 50! Syracuse Parks and Recreation Senior Centers are active each morning with a variety of classes and programs designed with health in mind. Check below for a schedule of free senior fitness classes. Call the center for more information: ZUMBA GOLD... at the Magnarelli Center. a lower-intensity Zumba class geared toward active seniors! Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30am-10:30am Fee: $35 per session. New 8-week sessions offered throughout the year. Check schedule below Instructor: Jennifer Dennison, Zumba/Zumba Gold certified Location: Magnarelli Center at McChesney Park (473-2673). View McChesney's and Cecile's Senior Schedule.


    YOUTH FITNESS PROGRAMS

    FIT KIDS Out-Of-School Time Fitness Program... returns this FALL!  Kids Need 60 minutes a day! Out of School Time Fit Kids Programs will help youth achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity, and burn energy in a fun, safe, non-intimidating environment, with experienced leaders or certified fitness instructors. 6-week sessions during the FALL, 2016 . Registration Required: For more information E-mail: cabbott@syrgov.net

    See Below for Location, Activity, and Schedule (TBA)

    FAMILY YOGA...  Enjoy the healthful benefits of Yoga, together with family!  Join certified instructors for a weekly, beginner-level Yoga class!  Open to youth and adult family members.  FREE...part of the Fit Kids Program. 
    Location: TBA
    Day:  TBA
    Time:  TBA
    To register:  e-mail ParksYouthRecreation@syrgov.net; or call 473-4330 for more information 

    AFRICAN DANCE and DRUM...  Join Akuma Cultural Education, with Master Drummer David Nyadedzor, for weekly, high energy African Dance and Drum lessons!  Open to youth ages 8-15.  FREE...part of the Fit Kids Program. 
    Location: TBA
    Day:  TBA
    Time:  TBA
    To register:  e-mail ParksYouthRecreation@syrgov.net; or call 473-4330 for more information 

    READY, SET, RUN!  Free Learn-to-Run program for youth ages 8-12.  Join expert coaches from the YMCA 6 weeks of clinics, designed to help your child develop a love for the sport of distance running, and to prepare him or her for their first road race!  Lessons will be held twice per week (Wednesdays and Fridays) and include...Proper running technique; Health Education Tips; "Keep Going" Incentives; and fun games to go along with weekly running goals.  Plus, students who complete 15 or more lessons will be entered into a drawing for a free pair of running shoes. Parents are welcome to join as volunteers!  Sponsored by Crouse Hospital and the YMCA, with support from the Jim and Julie Boeheim Foundation
    When:  TBA
    Time: TBA
    Where:  TBA
    Coach:  Kevin Collins (YMCA Runners)
    To register:  e-mail ParksYouthRecreation@syrgov.net; or call 473-4330 for more information


    WINTER RECREATION

    • ICE SKATING: Visit any of our three Ice Rinks, including the outdoor rink in Clinton Square, for a wonderful, family-friendly option for winter recreation. Check the links for directions, rates, and open skate times: Clinton Square, Sunnycrest Rink, Meachem Rink  
    • CROSS COUNTRY SKIING and SNOW SHOEING at Sunnycrest Park (CLOSED FOR THE SEASON - See you Next Winter!): Did you know that Sunnycrest Park is home to more than 2.5 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails? When enough snow blankets the park, the trails bring skiers along a loop that includes Sunnycrest golf course and some wooded areas. The Park is also terrific for exploration on Snow Shoes!  Great exercise for the entire family! When conditions permit, trails are maintained by the City of Syracuse Parks Department and begin at the Sunnycrest Park Ski Lodge (Hickok Ave entrance). Parking is available at the Ski Lodge and Ice Rink. Skiing is available December to March, snow conditions permitting. Snowshoeing is also encouraged. For more information or to verify the Lodge is open, please call 315.473.2674315.473.2674 (Ski Lodge). 
      FREE X-C Ski Clinics at Sunnycrest (for youth and adult):  Saturdays 11:30am - 1:00pm (conditions permitting). Group meets at the ski lodge.   ***Bonus clinic this SUNDAY as well 1/24/16)***
      •  Ski Lodge Hours : Saturday & Sunday  11 a.m. to 4 p.m, conditions permitting.  Check Here! ; February School Break : Monday - Friday  11am - 4pm; 
      •  Weekend Admission Fees (Saturday & Sunday, School Breaks) General Admission: $2.00 & Junior/Senior Admission: $1.00
      •  Rental Packages  (includes admission): Ski or Snowshoe Rental Package: $ 5.00 and 12 and under: $1.00 (includes admission)
       
 
       
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