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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.
    Youth and Family Fitness
      Adult Fitness, Yoga, and Wellness 
    Senior Fitness
    Winter Recreation / skate, ski, snowshoe!
    Fitness Instructors 


    FIT KIDS Out-Of-School Time Fitness Program... returns in the Spring!  Kids Need 60 minutes a day!  Fit Kids Programs will help youth achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity during after school programming, and burn energy in a fun, safe, non-intimidating environment.  Sessions are led by experienced leaders or certified fitness instructors.  Some programs are open to adult family members as well!  Registration Required: To register for one or more of the free sessions, or for more information E-mail: .  Check back for updated Spring, 2018 offerings!

    • FITNESS CLASSES...join certified instructors for sessions that may include fun, active games, strength building exercises, dance, and more! 
      •  Youth Conditioning Classes 
      •  Zumba... Come move to the music at Zumba Class!  For ages 7 and up!  Registration as a Fit Kid required

      •  Family Zumba... come move to the music on Family Zumba Nights! For ages 8 and up, with adult family members! Free!  Registration require
    • WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL CLINICS...Move Along, Inc joins Parks staff to offer free clinics this Winter for youth.  Come out and give it a try to find out how much fun this great sport can be! Open to youth of all abilities!  All equipment provided by Move Along.  For more information or to pre-register before your first clinic, e-mail:
      • Where: Magnarelli Community Center
      • When: Tuesdays, 5:00pm - 5:30pm:  January 30 - April 17th (no program during school breaks)
      • Ages:  Youth ages 10 - 14
    •  YOUTH TENNIS CLINICS... Stay fit while learning a great lifetime sport!  free beginner tennis clinics with USTA instructors! Come play tennis in the Parks! Please pre-register via e-mail above!
      • Where:  Northeast Community Center / After School Program 
      • When:
    •  FAMILY YOGA I  ...  Enjoy the healthful benefits of Yoga, together with family!
      • When: 
    • UNIFIED YOGA... Unified Yoga is an inclusive recreation program for people for all abilities and backgrounds, to come together and share in the physical and mind-body benefits of yoga! Designed for beginners, but all levels of practitioners can take this class.  Unified Yoga uses poses that are carefully selected to provide optimum functional application to individuals with low motor tone and difficulty with coordination.  Focus is on improving movement across midline, core stability, flexibility and relaxation!  Class is led by Rebecca Alexander, SPT, DPT3, 200-RY
        • When: 
        • Time:
        • Pre-Registration required:  Please pre-register for each class individually; you may register online HERE
          • or, e-mail for more information
        • Where:
        • For:  Adults, Teens, and youth (ages 8 and up, with adult caregiver present)

    SOCCER FOR SUCCESS...  a free after school program developed and supported by the US Soccer Foundation that is designed to introduce youth to the sport of soccer, while providing them and their families with the tools to make healthy lifestyle decisions!  Program sessions help children improve physical health, increase knowledge of healthy lifestyles, and help improve self esteem and behavior.  Program meets 3 times per week during the school year. Equipment provided!  Program begins again in March, 2018!   Click HERE for more information or to join!.  You may also e-mail; or call 473-4330 for more information  



       Get or stay fit in the Parks in 2018!

    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.

     Stay Tuned for the 2018 Spring/Summer schedule, but the following continue through the Winter!

    •  Magnarelli Center (at McChesney Park:  Saturday morning strength and conditioning workout with trainers from Fight For Hearts!  Meets Saturdays from Noon -1pm.  All experience levels welcome!  Free!
    •  Thornden Park (meets at Carriage House)  Instructor: Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA. Winter Workouts continue!  Mondays and Thursdays 5:00pm - 5:30pm 

    YOGA IN THE PARK! Enjoy Yoga in your City Parks.  e-mail for info, or to rsvp.  

    •   Outdoor Yoga in the Park: see you in the Summer!
    • Unified Yoga:   Unified Yoga is an inclusive recreation program for people for all abilities and backgrounds, to come together and share in the physical and mind-body benefits of yoga! Designed for beginners, but all levels of practitioners can take this class.  Unified Yoga uses poses that are carefully selected to provide optimum functional application to individuals with low motor tone and difficulty with coordination.  Focus is on improving movement across midline, core stability, flexibility and relaxation!  Class is led by Rebecca Alexander, SPT, DPT3, 200-RY
      • When:    TBA

     WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS with Metro Fitness!: Wellness Wednesdays, the free outdoor fitness program, returns each summer to downtown's Clinton Square. Certified instructors from Metro Fitness, based in downtown Syracuse, offer classes on Wednesdays...     No cost to join... simply drop in each Wednesday!  Thank you for joining us in 2017!!! Stay tuned for Summer, 2018 classes!
    2018 Wellness Wednesdays Schedule:

    SOUTHSIDE WALKING CLUB...  See the sights, share what's up, and get fit while having fun!   Perfect for all ages and abilities.  Free! Saturdays (weather permitting): Group meets at 8:00am at Brighton Ave intersection.   Begins in July

     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 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.

     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).


    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 out the schedule of free senior fitness classes available at each Center. Call the center for more information...  For full program schedule at each location, please click below:

    •  Magnarelli Community Center 2308 Grant Blvd (at Pond St)
      •  ZUMBA ... at the Magnarelli Center. a Zumba class geared toward active seniors! FREE!
        •  Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30am-10:30am  // Instructors: Monique Williams, Shantina Perez, Zumba certified  (473-2673 for more info).       
        •  To Register:  On-site registration accepted if space is available.  Waiver and Exercise readiness questionnaire required. 

    WINTER RECREATION... when the snow flies and the temperatures dip, be sure to embrace the season and take advantage of these terrific opportunities to stay active, outdoors, in the City of Syracuse!

    • 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 Ski and Snow Shoe at Sunnycrest Park: 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/Clubhouse (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).
      • Ski Lodge Hours : Saturday & Sunday  11 a.m. to 4 p.m, conditions permitting.  Check Here! ; February School Break : Tuesday- Friday  11am - 4pm; 
      •  Weekend Admission Fees (Saturday & Sunday, School Breaks) General Admission: $2.00 & Junior/Senior Admission: $1.00
      •  Rental Packages (available during Ski Lodge hours; includes admission):
        • XC Ski Rental Package: Adult $ 5.00 and 12 and under: $1.00.
          Snowshoe Rentals:  Adults: $3.00  Youth:  free with adult rental
      • X-C Ski Clinics at Sunnycrest (for youth and adult):  Saturdays, 12Noon, January 20, February 3, 17. Group meets at the ski lodge.  
      • Current conditions (as of 2/20/18): Enjoy Springtime in the Park! (during Winter Break!)
      • Adapted Winter Sports Day is February 21st!  Come to Sunnycrest Park on Wednesday during the February break for equipment demonstrations, guest speakers, refreshments and more! 
        • 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Try Sled Hockey on sled skates at the Sunnycrest Rink, with Move Along, Inc.  Held during open skate.  (699 Robinson Street)
        • 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Come down to the Winter Lodge (Hickok St entrance) for a discussion on Adaptive Nordic Ski! Although the weather is balmy, we will still be here, and you'll be able to check out the new "kiwi" Nordic Sit Ski!


    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 

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