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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, Yoga, and Wellness ***New Summer 2017 Classes now underway***
    Winter Recreation / skate, ski, snowshoe
    Fitness Instructors 


    YOUTH FITNESS PROGRAMS

    FIT KIDS Out-Of-School Time Fitness Program... returns in the FALL!  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 for one or more of the free sessions, or for more information E-mail:  parksyouthrecreation@syrgov.net .  Fall, 2017 offerings may include:

    • FITNESS CLASSES...join certified instructors for sessions that may include fun, active games, strength building exercises, dance, and more! 
    • FAMILY YOGA...  Enjoy the healthful benefits of Yoga, together with family! 
    • AFRICAN DANCE and DRUM
    • MARTIAL ARTS  


    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!  Resumes in the Fall, 2017!
    I. Location: Ed Smith School
    Program Schedule: TBA
    II. Location: Schiller Park
    Program Schedule: TBA
    III. Location: Northeast Community Center
    Program Schedule: TBA
     
    To register:  e-mail ParksYouthRecreation@syrgov.net; or call 473-4330 for more information  

     READY, SET, RUN!  Free Learn-to-Run program for youth ages 8-12.  Join expert coaches for 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 and include...Proper running technique; Health Education Tips; "Keep Going" Incentives; and fun games to go along with weekly running goals.  Parents are welcome to join as volunteers! 
    When:  TBA
    Time: TBA
    Where:  TBA
    Coach: 
    To register:  e-mail ParksYouthRecreation@syrgov.net; 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.
    Date:  
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    ADULT FITNESS PROGRAMS   Get or stay fit in the Parks in 2017!

    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)...  Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00pm-6:45pm.  Begins June 26th.   Instructor: Ann Iannotta, DPT. 
    •  Thornden Park (meets at Carriage House) Mondays and Thursdays; 5:00pm - 5:45pm  Instructor: Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA.  Ongoing classes! Check with instructor for updates!  Also, be sure to check out the new outdoor fitness equipment in the Park!

    YOGA IN THE PARK! Enjoy Yoga this Summer in beautiful and serene venues within your City Parks.  e-mail parksyouthrecreation@syrgov.net for info, or to rsvp.  All Classes Weather Permitting

    • Thornden Park (meets at the Lily Pond)... SUNDAYS, July 9th - July 30th.  7:00am   Free!
    • Thornden Park (meets at the Lily Pond)... FRIDAYS, July 21, 28, Aug 4.      7:30am  Free!
    • Burnet Park (Golf Clubhouse Deck)... SATURDAYS, July 15, 22, 29, Aug 5.  7:00am - 8:00am  Free!
    • Onondaga Park Gazebo (Roberts Ave)...  SATURDAYS August 12, 19, 26, Sept 2, 2017.   8:00am-9:00am Free!

    Also... the Eastwood Neighborhood Association has organized the following Yoga Class...

    • Sunnycrest Park (Mariani Peace Garden)...MONDAY Nights, July 17th - September 4th, 5:45pm  Rain Location is Eastwood Baptist Church (James St).  $20 for all 8 sessions.  Registration for this class is through ENA. Click here

     

     WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS with Metro Fitness!: 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 14th - July 22nd.    No cost to join... simply drop in each Wednesday!
    2017 Wellness Wednesdays Schedule:

    •  6:30am - 7:30am:  Sunrise Yoga (please bring a yoga mat)
    • 12:15pm-12:45pm:  HIIT Your Strength combines high intensity intervals with strength intervals. (please bring water and comfortable shoes)
    • 5:30pm - 6:00pm: Urban Bootcamp

    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 July 8

     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  ParksYouthRecreation@syrgov.net 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 is now closed for 2017... but be sure to check out the remaining City-based races on Syrathon schedule!

     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).


    SENIOR FITNESS PROGRAMS

    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).

     


    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.  


    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 to parksyouthrecreation@syrgov.net 


 
       
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