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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, and sled!
    Fitness Instructors 


    FIT KIDS Out-Of-School Time Fitness Program...  Kids Need 60 minutes a day!  Fit Kids Programs will help youth achieve the recommended amount of physical activity during after school programming while burning energy in a fun, safe, non-intimidating environment.  Also,m the ability to create a personal wellness plan is a critical life skill that can be developed through programs such as these!  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: .  Spring, 2019 Fit Kids After School Sessions are below:

    •   Fit Kids Fitness Circuits...Boys and Girls ages 8-13 can join certified instructors from Fight for Hearts for sessions that may include fun, active games, strength building exercises and more! You'll learn proper technique for a variety of exercises, and how to put together a effective personal fitness routine! Classes may be hold in the gymnasium or outdoors when possible!   Don't miss this program! (no classes during April Break)
      • I.  Tuesdays; March 19 - May 7; 4:15pm - 5:00pm at Levy School Gymnasium
      • II. Thursdays; March 21 - May 9; 4:30 - 5:15pm at the Magnarelli Center at McChesney Park
      • III. Fridays; March 22 - May 10; 4:15 - 5:00pm at Syracuse Northeast Community Center
      • IV. Fridays; March 22 - May 10 5:30pm - 6:15pm at the Bova Community Center in Schiller Park
    •   TEEN Conditioning Program... Geared toward youth 15 to 18 years of age, this program brings certified fitness trainers into the center to lead exercises to help improve aerobic fitness, agility and muscle strength in a fun environment.  Participants will learn proper technique for key movements, and how to put together a safe and effective personal fitness routine for enhancing athletic performance and overall health!  Register Today!
      •  I. Thursdays; March 21 - May 9; 5:15pm - 6:00pm at the Magnarelli Center at McChesney Park (No class during April Break)
      • II. Tuesdays; April 2 - May 14; 6:00pm - 6:45pm at the Syracuse Northeast Community Center (No class during April Break)
    •    AFRO and HIP HOP DANCE...A modern Afro and Hip Hop dance class, led by Alicia Dudley, will teach you all the right moves to get your heart pumping.  Participants will be given the opportunity to showcase their moves in a season-ending performance!
      • I. Mondays  March 18 - May 6; 4:30pm - 5:30pm at Magnarelli  Community Center (McChesney Park)
      • II. Tuesdays; March 21 - May 2; 4:30pm - 5:15pm at Wilson Park Community Center

    •   ZUMBA DANCE...Certified Zumba instructors are on hand to lead these fun, high energy dance classes!  Adult family members welcome to join in!!
      • I. Tuesdays; March 19 - April 30; 4:30pm - 5:15pm at Wilson Park Community Center
      • II. Thursdays; March 21 - May 9; 4:15pm - 5:00pm at Northeast Community Center

    • SPRING BREAK DANCE FITNESS -- Looking for a great way to be active over the school's April Break?  Look no further than your nearby Parks and Rec Center, and come WERQ with us!  WERQ Dance Fitness  is a popular fitness class blending pop, rock, and hip hop music to dance moves.  It's so much fun, you won't believe it's WERQ!  Kids ages 10 and older can come and bring adult family members along!  These classes are offered in conjunction with the Onondaga County Health Department's Healthy Communities Initiative!  FREE!  For more information, or to RSVP e-mail:
      •  TIME:  Each class is 2:00pm - 3:00pm
      • Monday April 15th: Schiller Park (Bova Community Center)
      • Wednesday April 17th: Kirk Park (Seals Community Center)
      • Friday April 19th: McChesney Park (Magnarelli Community Center)
    •  COOKING TOGETHER FOR FAMILY MEALS  ...  Join Cornell Cooperative Extension for this award winning program that brings kids and family members together to prepare and sample healthy, mouth-watering dishes! Learn cooking skills and nutritious recipes in a fun environment... together with family!  To register for any or all of the sessions below, e-mail Katie at, or call 315-424-8485 ext 254.  Space is limited on each date.
       Location                  Day                                    Times                        Theme     
      Magnarelli Center     Wednesday March 13th     5:30pm - 7:00pm      Quesadillas
      Magnarelli Center     Wednesday April 10th       5:30pm - 7:00pm      Chilli Cook Off
      Magnarelli Center     Wednesday May 8th          5:30pm - 7:00pm      Summer Sides and Salads



    • Youth YOGA... Join certified yoga instructors for beginner youth-focused yoga classes!  Enjoy the healthful benefits of yoga! Adult caregivers are welcome to join as well!
      • I.  Wednesday Evenings, March 20 - April 10; 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ Levy School Gymnasium
      • II. Tuesday Evenings, March 19 - April 9; 5:30pm - 6:30pm @ Magnarelli Center at McChesney Park
      Please bring a yoga mat (though a limited number are available to borrow if needed!)
    •   YOUTH TENNIS CLINICS... Stay fit while learning a great lifetime sport!  free beginner tennis clinics with USTA instructors! Come play tennis in the Parks! Classes are Free!  Please pre-register via e-mail above or ONLINE Here!
      • I.  Tuesdays; March 5 - April 9; 4:15pm - 5:15pm at Syracuse Northeast Community Center
      • II. Tuesdays; April 30 - June 4; 4:30pm - 5:30pm at Schiller Park Courts
      • III Saturdays; April 27 - June 8; 2:00pm - 3:00pm at Higher Onondaga Park
    •   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!     Click HERE for more information or to join!.  You may also e-mail; or call 473-4330 for more information.  Spring, 2019 Schedule is below.  Join any time! 

      Location              Days                                    Times
      Wilson Park           Mon, Tues, Fri           4:30pm - 5:30pm                         
      Levy School          Mon, Wed, Fri           3:30pm - 4:30pm   
      Schiller Park          Mon, Tues, Thurs      4:30pm - 5:30pm              
      Northeast C.C.       Mon, Tues, Thurs      4:00pm - 5:00pm              


       Get or stay fit in the Parks in 2019!

    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.  To register online, visit

    •  Thornden Park (meets at Carriage House)  Instructor: Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA.
      •  Mondays and Thursdays;  5:00pm - 5:30pm. (class moves indoors at Carriage House after the Summer)  Ongoing Classes, With the Thornden Park Assoc.
    • Burnet Park (Meets near Rink building) Instructor: Ann Ionnatta, DPT
      •  Tuesdays and Thursdays; June 4th - August 23 (No classes July 2 and 4)
      •  Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
      • Class may be cancelled due to weather

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS with Metro Fitness!: Wellness Wednesdays, the free outdoor fitness program, returns this Summer to downtown's Clinton Square. Group Fitness instructors from Metro Fitness bring their expertise to the Square each Wednesday to lead community fitness classes, creating opportunities for a healthier Syracuse.  No cost to join... simply drop in each Wednesday! 
    2019 Wellness Wednesdays Schedule:  June 12th, 2019 - July 24, 2018

    • Sunrise Yoga: What a great way to start your Wednesday.  6:30am - 7:30am
    • Yoga Flow: Express yoga focusing on flowing from pose-to-pose: 12:15am - 12:45am
    • Urban Boot Camp: Incorporating endurance and functional strength



       YOGA IN THE PARK! Enjoy free, outdoor Yoga this summer in some of our City's most scenic and serene spots! Join experienced instructors for classes that are ideal for beginners and also wonderful for more advanced users.  Classes may be cancelled due to weather. Please bring a yoga mat (though a limited number may be available to borrow).  For a full schedule of classes, and pre-register online visit!   E-mail with questions!

    • 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, DPT, 200-RY.  For current class schedule, and to pre-register online, visit

     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! For a great way to track your miles, there are Monday Mile Passport books... available at the Parks office.  Grab one today and begin your journey! Earn incentives! 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. Check back for information on the 2019 Series!

     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 Bova Center in Schiller Park. a Zumba class geared toward active seniors! FREE!
        •  Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30am-10:30am  // Instructors: Monique Williams, Shantina Perez, Zumba certified  (473-4780 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  
    • Sledding at Burnet Park and Sunnycrest...  Read more here!    
    •   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).
      • Winter Lodge Hours : Saturday & Sunday  10 a.m. to 4 p.m, conditions permitting.  Check Here! ; February School Break : Tuesday- Friday  10am - 4pm; 
      •  Rental Packages (available during Ski Lodge hours; includes admission):
        • XC Ski Rental Package: Adult $ 5.00 and 12 and under: $1.00 . (adaptive sled-ski also available)
          Snowshoe Rentals:  Adults: $3.00  Youth:  free with adult rental
    • Current conditions:  3/17/19:  There is new snow in the Parks! Lodges at Burnet and Sunnycrest are open today!


    Join our Team! Help to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle by leading fitness, dance, or other activity-based 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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