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  • Inclusive Recreation

    The City of Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to an inclusive approach to recreation.  Our goal is to provide opportunities for individuals with and without disabilities to participate and attend programs/events together. In order for individuals with disabilities to participate as fully as possible, we will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are resources used to enhance program participation without fundamentally altering a program. 

    For more information, or, to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact each division head . We require at least two weeks notification for reasonable modification requests. Please note in some cases a reasonable modifications may take longer.

    The City of Syracuse ADA coordinator, Bianca Tearney, may be reached at 315.448.8781 or via email at:

    Stay tuned for our Parks Accessibility Guide!

    Below you will find a list of organizations that we have partnered with to increase our department’s accessibility and inclusion by utilizing their knowledge, resources and/or programs – please check them out:

    • Move Along: Move Along Inc. provides and promotes inclusive adaptive sport and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities and allies. Their goal is to develop these opportunities and experiences by engaging participants and encouraging community involvement with desired outcomes including increased physical activity, but also fostering a community where social skills such as self-confidence, self-reliance, and independence are paramount to our success.
      • Wheelchair Basketball at McChesney: the Parks Department, with Move Along, Inc will be offering Wheelchair basketball on Tuesday afternoons.  Come learn an exciting new sport!
        • When: Tuesdays, January 30 - April 10.  Time: 5:00pm - 5:30pm- youth clinic //  5:30pm - 6:30pm: Adult (16+) lessons and play.  FREE!
      •  Sled Hockey Demonstration with the Syracuse Flyers: Move Along, Inc and the Syracuse Flyers will be at Sunnycrest Rink during open skate on Wednesday during the February school break to demonstrate the exciting sport of Sled Hockey.  Visitors will also be able to try out the sled skates on the ice, with instruction provided by the Flyers.  Don't miss this opportunity!  Part of Adaptive Winter Sports Day at Sunnycrest
        • When:  Wednesday, February 21, 2018.  Time:  1:00pm - 3:00pm (during open skate).  For all ages!  Where:  Sunnycrest Park Ice Rink (699 Robinson Street)
    • Fit-In Inclusion: The Fitness Inclusion Network is a collaborative, cross-institution initiative that was launched in 2013 with support from the Upstate Foundation/Golisano Children's Hospital, SUNY Cortland Department of Physical Education, and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. We are an interdisciplinary group of athletes, students, families, and professionals in adapted physical education, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, engineering, therapeutic recreation, special education, social work, and disability policy and law.
      • 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 - Learn about Adaptive Nordic Ski!  Try out our new "Kiwi" Nordic sit-skis! Meet local Paralympic Nordic Ski athlete: Kevin Burnside!  At the Sunnycrest Lodge (Hickok Ave at Caleb St entrance)
        • 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Attend an Adaptive Sled workshop with Dr Tim Davis from the Department of Adapted Physical Education at SUNY Cortland.  Learn how to make inexpensive adaptations so that children of all abilities can enjoy the snow!  (at the Sunnycrest Lodge)
    • Arise at the Farm: ARISE at the Farm is our accessible, inclusive recreation center located on a 77-acre working horse farm in Chittenango, NY. Focused on the needs and interests of individuals with disabilities in the Central New York region, ARISE at the Farm is open throughout the year and offers a variety of recreational activities. From therapeutic horseback riding to summer camps, an accessible fishing pond, and a high ropes course, all ARISE at the Farm programs are inclusive and welcome people of all abilities.
    • Special Olympics: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
    • The Inclusive Recreation Resource Center headquartered at SUNY Cortland currently houses 1242 (and growing) agencies in NY (and beyond) that you can search by activity, region, agency, town and find detailed descriptions and photos of each location. Currently, the Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation is partnering with the IRRC to enhance inclusion within the Syracuse community for our youth programs as part of a large grant provided by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
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