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  • Burnet Pool  

    COVID-19 UPDATE: Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said Thursday that the City of Syracuse Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs will open Kirk Park Pool and Schiller Park Pool starting July 16, AND, Onondaga Park Pool and Thornden Park Pool starting July 23, with new protocols due to COVID-19. 

    All four pools will offer free open swim seven days a week from 11 AM - 6 PM. Schiller Park Pool and Thornden Park Pool will also offer lap swim Monday - Friday, 6:30 - 10:00 AM for $3.00. Open swim and lap swim will be by reservation only in 40-minute time blocks, up to 48 hours in advance. One time slot per day will be allowed.

    The Syracuse Parks Conservancy's GoFundMe Campaign, #SyracuseSwimsOn exceeded their $100,000.00 goal from individual and corporate donors to help offset costs of opening Onondaga and Thornden Pools for the 2020 summer season:  Information on the campaign is at (

     In keeping with New York State guidance, new protocols will include a maximum of 50 people in the pool area at one time. Reservations must be made by calling direct lines designated for each pool location.

    • Kirk Park Pool: 315.399.0518. 
    • Onondaga Pool: 315.412.3822
    • Schiller Park Pool: 315.382.3430.  
    • Thornden Park Pool: 315.412.6207. 

    Swimmers should arrive 20 minutes prior to their reservation time for safety checks. All parties in the reservation must be present for entry. Reservations will not be held for late arrivals and will not be extended for inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances

    Children under the minimum height requirement must be with a parent or responsible adult over 18 years old. Maximum three children per adult. Accompanying adult must be in the water within an arms-reach of children at all times, even when a child is wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device. 

    Here are the changes that will be in effect:

    • Reservations must be made and can include up to 10 people for open swim and two people for lap swim. Time slots of 40 minutes will be allocated and the pool area will be closed for cleaning in between time slots.
    • When reservations are being made, visitors will be asked to select a time period they wish to reserve. Lap Swim time slots for Schiller Pool and Thornden Pool will be 6:30 to 7:10 AM, 7:30 to 8:10 AM, 8:30 to 9:10 AM, 9:30 to 10:10 AM. Open swim at Kirk Pool, Onondaga Pool, Schiller Pool and Thornden Pool will be 12 to 12:40 PM, 1:00 to 1:40 PM, 2:00 to 2:40 PM, 3:00 to 3:40 PM, 4:00 to 4:40 PM, 5:00 to 5:40 PM. 
    • You should arrive already dressed in appropriate swimsuit as dressing rooms will not be open to the public.

    The following health and safety precautions will be taken at the pool area:

    • Masks must be worn on the pool deck and restrooms by everyone 2 years of age and older. 
    • Families will need to provide names and contact information for each member included in their reservation.
    • Temperatures will be taken for each pool patron prior to entry.
    • Families of 10 or less will be assigned an area on the pool deck that will be spaced six feet apart from other families. 
    • Staff will clean pool areas throughout the 40-minute time slot and will conduct a deep clean in the 20-minute window between sessions, when the pool area is completely emptied out.

    Swimming lessons are canceled until further notice. The remaining outdoor pools at Burnet Park, Lincoln Park, McKinley Park and Wilson Park will not open. The indoor pools at Huntington School, Valley and the Southwest Community Center will also remain closed through the summer. 


    •  Aquatics Director: Brent Lopes - 473-4330, Ext. 3002 (For the safety of our patrons, pool numbers are not available for the public)
    • click here  for last minute cancellations/updates 







    • Public Swimming  ( Valley PoolSouthwest Pool Huntington Pool )
      Open to all ages
      No fee charged during public swim hours. 
      No lap lane available.

    • Adult Swim   ( Valley Pool Southwest Pool )
      Minimum age -16 yrs
      No fee charged during adult swim hours.
      Pool will be divided for a variety of uses. 
      Circle swimming will be strictly enforced in any lanes available

    • Lap/Training Swim  ( Valley Pool )
      No age restriction 
      FEE: $3 or 1 coupon per entry.
      Entire pool available for lap swimming only. Proper lap swimming etiquette is expected during all lap swims.  Circle swimming rules will be enforced during peak hours or anytime the lanes are full.  Please see a staff member for an explanation and instruction sheet if you are unfamiliar with lap swim etiquette.  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 booklets are $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  Valley Pool.


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