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    City Parks understands the importance of regular physical activity for improving the health and well being of all of us!  New guidelines presented by the federal government indicate that by accumulating 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physcial activity each week, we can substantially reduce the risk for a host of chronic diseases.  To help achieve that goal, the Parks Department offers the following opportunities...   

    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. 


    City Parks make fitness enjoyable and accessible this summer, with the following free classes:

    FIT!  PARKS Free Outdoor Fitness
    Don't miss these terrific community fitness classes... with exercises designed to improve functional strength and balance... in the beautiful setting of neighborhood Parks . No fancy equipment needed!  No Cost to join!
    Expert instruction!  Fit Parks sessions will be offered according to the schedule below, through September 3, 2015.   Click HERE for a FIT Parks registration form, to bring with you to class.
    Burnet Park (meets near rink)                                Tuesdays/Thursdays       6:00pm - 6:45pm         Instructor: Ann Iannotta, DPT
    Thornden Park (meets near carriage house)         Mondays/Thursdays       7:00AM - 7:30AM       Instructor: Dale Avers, DPT

    MONDAY MILES in the City ...part of the  MONDAY MILE  and MOVE IT 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...for walking, running, or bicycling. The Monday Mile Routes provide a convenient way to track your mileage! Visit a park today, and enjoy the benefits of outdoor fitness!
     Mayor Miner and County Executive Mahoney declare September 10th, 2012 Move It Monday Day!

     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

    MONDAY MILE Summer Passport Challenge 2015... Explore your City Parks and Neighborhoods, one mile at a time, with the Passport Challenge!  And earn some great prizes!  Free!


    Enjoy morning Yoga in beautiful and serene venues within your City Parks:
    Session I: Sundays
    Location:  Thornden Park Lily Pond *new*
    Time: 8:00am - 9:00am
    Instructor: Desiree Odom
    Dates:  August 2 - August 23

    Session II:  Sundays 
    Location:  Burnet Park Golf Clubhouse Deck
    Time:  7:30am - 8:30am
    Instructor: Mary Hagemann
    Dates: July 26 - August 16
    Session III:  Saturdays 
    Location:  Onondaga Park Gazebo
    Time: 8:00am - 9:00am      
    Instructor: Liz Petrone
    Dates: August 1 - August 22

    Fee: $20 per 4-class session; $5 per class, drop-in
    Maximum # of Participants:  15
    Ages:  18 and over
    Pre-registration encouraged:   click here 
    (Check " Cancellations and Updates " for weather-related cancellation 

    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 on SYRATHON!
      Earn great rewards! 

    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!  Two of the three un-timed Fun Runs launch from the Inner Harbor Parking area off of Kirkpatrick Street.  A third fun run will be held in Higher Onondaga Park in the City during a Parkway Saturday.  Simply sign in with staff any time during the  and be on your way!    You choose how far you go!
    Creekwalk Bonus Runs:
     Dates: Tuesdays June 23rd, and August 25th  
    Time: Check in between 5pm and 7pm
    Location: Adjacent to Inner Harbor Parking Area (Kirkpatrick St).  Designated Fun Miles include the portion of the Creekwalk between the Inner Harbor and Onondaga Lake.
     Higher Onondaga Bonus Run:
    Date: Saturday July 25th,
    Time: Check in between 8am and 10am
    Location: Onondaga Park in the City's Strathmore neighborhood.  Check In at the Fire Barn along the park loop. (500 Summit Ave).  Park Loop will be closed to traffic 


    Don't miss this low impact workout that is sure to improve your strength, flexibility and endurance.
    Click HERE for Session and Registration info
    Fee per section: City Residents $30 / Non-City Residents $55

     Looking for a great low-impact exercise option? Maybe training for that triathalon? City Parks offers exclusive Lap/Training Swim hours
    Location:  Click pool schedule
    AGE: No age restriction 
    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) or at   


    Senior Fitness

    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)
      Click Here to view the Schedule

    Youth Fitness

    FIT KIDS Program
     FREE After School Fitness Program returns this Spring
    Kids Need 60 minutes a day!  After School Fit Kids Program will help youth achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity, and burn energy in a fun, safe, non-intimidating environment, with certified fitness instructors.  6-week Sessions scheduled for Fall, 2015
     Registration Required:  Call 214-3369 ext 3019 for more information.  E-mail:

    Location                                 Schedule
    Ed Smith School ......................... 
    Kirk Park ......................................
    Northeast Community Center......


    More Health and Physical Activity Programs

     WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS!  has concluded for 2015.  Thanks for joining us... We will see you next Summer!
    Wellness Wednesdays, the free outdoor fitness program, returns this summer to Clinton Square and has expanded to include instructor-led classes morning, noon AND night!  New for 2015:  Group Hula Hoop!
     Certified instructors from Metro Fitness, based in downtown Syracuse, will offer the following classes each Wednesday from June 10 - July 29, 2015. No cost to join... simply drop in each Wednesday


    Embrace Winter in Syracuse with a number of recreational opportunities that can help you and your family stay active, even as the snow flies!


    Visit any of our three Ice Rinks, including the outdoor rink in Clinton Square, for a wonder, family-friendly option for winter recreation.  Check the links below for directions, rates, and open skate times:
    Clinton Square
    Sunnycrest Rink
    Meachem Rink 


    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.  Great exercise for the entire family! Trails are maintained by the City of Syracuse Parks Department. Trails start at the Sunnycrest 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) 473-2674  (Ski Lodge).  Also, see below for information on free learn-to-ski clinics each Sunday!

    Trail Hours: Trails open 7 days a week dawn to dusk, weather and conditions permitting 

    Ski Lodge Hours
    Saturday & Sunday
     10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lodge Now Closed for the season
    December and February School Breaks : Monday - Friday  10am - 3pm
    Closed on Christmas Day 
    Admission Fees (Saturday & Sunday, School Breaks)
    General Admission: $2.00
    Junior/Senior Admission: $1.00

    Season Pass Fees
    Season Pass: $15.00
    Junior/Senior Pass $10.00

    Rental Packages  (includes admission)
    Ski Rental Package: $ 5.00
    12 and under: $1.00

    FREE X-C Ski Clinics... Every SUNDAY at 1:30 pm at the Sunnycrest Lodge (Weather and Conditions permitting)...
    Never skied before? Unsure about the equipment?  Join instructors each Sunday at 1:30pm for basic tips to get the most enjoyment out of your time on the trails!  





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