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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. 


    Fitness/Wellness for YOUTH and FAMILIES

    FIT KIDS Program
     FREE 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 certified fitness instructors.  6-week Sessions scheduled for Fall, 2015, begin October 19th.
    Registration Required:  Call 214-3369 ext 3019 for more information.  E-mail:

    Location                                 Schedule
    Ed Smith School .....................Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30pm-4:30pm
    Kirk Park .................................Mondays 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Schiller Park.............................Wednesdays 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Northeast Community Center..Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Before School Fitness at NECC.. Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00am - 8:00am

    Adonfu African Dance/Drum... Mondays, 6:00pm @ Schiller Park

    @ the Magnarelli Center.   5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Fun fitness games, cooking demonstrations, sports clinics, refreshments, and more! FREE!

    City Parks make fitness enjoyable throughout the year with the following programs:

    FIT!  PARKS Free Community Fitness Classes
    Don't miss these terrific 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!  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.
    Burnet Park (meets near rink)                            Tuesdays/Thursdays, through October 1st ;     6:00pm - 6:45pm         Instructor: Ann Iannotta, DPT.  
    Thornden Park (meets at Carriage House)        Mondays/Thursdays, through December 3;     5:00pm - 5:45pm         Instructor: Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

    MONDAY MILES in the City
    ...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!
     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... Congratulations to everyone that completed the Passport Challenge in 2015! 

    Enjoy morning Yoga in beautiful and serene venues within your City Parks each Summer:
    Locations: Onondaga Park Gazebo; Burnet Park Golf Clubhouse Deck; Thornden Park Lily Pond
    Schedule:  Check back for the Summer, 2016 schedule!

    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


    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

    Winter Recreation - stay active in Syracuse, even when 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... 2015/16 schedule TBA





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