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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
    Senior Fitness
    Adult Fitness and Wellness
    Winter Recreation / skate, ski, snowshoe
    Fitness Instructors 


    FIT KIDS Out-Of-School Time Fitness Program... returns this 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.  Registration Required: To register, or for more information E-mail:  

     FITNESS CLASSES...join certified instructors for sessions that may include fun, active games, strength building exercises, dance, and more! 

    •  Burnet Park
    •  Ed Smith School:   Wednesdays,
    •   Kirk Park:  ZUMBA Class; Mondays and Fridays, March 27 - May 12; TIME:  5:00pm-6:00pm (FULL)

    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: Ed Smith School, Bob Cecile Center, and Wilson Park

    • Ed Smith School:  THURSDAYS: March 30, April 6, 13, and 27. TIME:  5:45pm - 6:45pm  
    • Bob Cecile Center: MONDAYS:  April 2, 10, 24, May 1  TIME: 5:30pm - 6:30pm 
    • Wilson Park Center: TUESDAYS:  April 4, 11, 25, May 2, 9, 16.  TIME:  6:00pm  - 6:45pm

      To register:  e-mail; 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. 
    Time:  6:00pm
    To register:  e-mail; or call 473-4330 for more information 

    MARTIAL ARTS...  With Syracuse Kung Fu, LLC.  SKF provides a structured environment where children will develop respect, discipline, character, coordination, fitness, sportsmanship, leadership, peace of mind, self confidence, winning spirit, mind and body harmony! 
    I. Location:  Southwest Community Center
      Schedule:  Wednesdays: April 26 - May 31 ; TIME: 4:15pm - 5:00pm
    II.  Location:  Burnet Park
       Schedule:   Fridays: April 28 - June 2; TIME: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Instructor:  Sharif A Bey (Syracuse Kung Fu)
    To register:  e-mail; or call 473-4330 for more information
    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.  Join Today! Equipment provided!
    I. Location: Ed Smith School
    Program Schedule: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; TIME: 4:15pm
    II. Location: Schiller Park
    Program Schedule:Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, TIME: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    III. Location: Northeast Community Center
    Program Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays; TIME: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    To register:  e-mail; 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
    To register:  e-mail; or call 473-4330 for more information

    FAMILY FITNESS and WELLNESS Night... join Parks staff each December, along with local professional in fitness, dance, sport, nutrition, and more, for a fun night of active games, healthy snacks, and useful health information.  Free for the whole family!  Part of the Fit Kids After School Program.

    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 SKIING and SNOW SHOEING 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 315.473.2674315.473.2674 (Ski Lodge). 
      •  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.  Rentals are available during Ski Lodge hours.
      • FREE X-C Ski Clinics at Sunnycrest (for youth and adult):  TBA (conditions permitting). Group meets at the ski lodge.  


    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 2017 Schedule 

    •  Burnet Park (meets near rink)...   Instructor: Ann Iannotta, DPT.  TBA
    •  Thornden Park (meets at Carriage House) Mondays and Thursdays; 5:00pm - 5:45pm  Instructor: Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA 

    YOGA IN THE PARK! Enjoy Yoga this Summer in beautiful and serene venues within your City Parks.  e-mail 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!)  

    • 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):  July 9th - October 1; 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 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 2017 will once again kick off with the Tipperary Hill Shamrock Run on March 4.  Registration will open soon for the 2017 Series!
      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: TBA
    • 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...  View schedules for:

    •  Bob Cecile Center
    •  Magnarelli Community Center
      •  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 // Instructor: Jennifer Dennison, Zumba/Zumba Gold certified  (473-2673 for more info).


    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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