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- Total Acreage: 67.00
- Type of Park: Community Park
- TNT Sector: Area 3
From the North: Interstate 81 southbound to the exit for Franklin St/West St, exit 20. Merge onto Butternut St (.2 mi). Take ramp onto S West St. Turn right onto W Onondaga St (1.1 mi). Turn right onto Bellevue Ave (.6 mi). Slight left onto Summit Ave (270 ft). Right onto Crossett St (.3 mi). Entrance to Upper Onondaga Park will be on the left (.2 mi).
From the South: Interstate 81 northbound to the exit for S Salina St/Brighton Ave, exit 17. At the bottom of the ramp turn left. At S Salina St (500 ft) turn right. Turn left onto Brighton Ave (.2 mi). Turn right onto South Ave (1 mi). Turn left onto W Colvin (.2 mi). Turn right onto Summit Ave (.3 mi). At the next stop sign turn left to enter Upper Onondaga Park and continue on Summit Ave.
From the West: Interstate 690 eastbound to the exit toward S West St. Keep left at the fork and merge onto S West St. Turn right onto W Onodaga St (1.1 mi). Turn right onto Bellevue Ave (.6 mi). Slight left onto Summit Ave (270 ft). Right onto Crossett St (.3 mi). Entrance to Upper Onondaga Park will be on the left (.2 mi).
From the East: Interstate 690 westbound to the exit for West St, exit 11. Merge onto S West St (.3 mi). Turn right onto W Onondaga St (.9 mi). Turn right onto Bellevue Ave (.6 mi). Slight left onto Summit Ave (270 ft). Right onto Crossett St (.3 mi). Entrance to Upper Onondaga Park will be on the left (.2 mi).
- Swimming Pool
The pool at Upper Onondaga park is a 50 meters long, six lanes L-shaped outdoor pool, with a capacity of 352 bathers. The water depth ranges from 3 feet 6 inches to 12 feet, and children must be a minimum of 3 feet, 10 inches to swim. The pool also has a children's spray fountain.
- Athletic Fields and Courts
Upper Onondaga Park has 8 tennis courts and 3 basketball courts.
Playground consisting of swings, slides, seesaws, and climbing bars.
The Firebarn has been restored for community use. Click here to view photos of 10/11/12 ribbon cutting.
- Hiawatha Lake and Band Gazebo
In 1911 and the succeeding years the old Water Co. reservoir was made into a Hiawatha Lake and lagoon with stone walls around its edges and around a newly formed island 60 feet in diameter. In a few years, the band stand, 30 feet in diameter, was built.
- Monday Mile Trail
Keep track of your walking or running mileage on the park's marked loop. Part of the "Move It Monday" campaign
- Sitting in Hiawatha Lake in Onondaga Park, the Gazebo is one of the most picturesque settings for your wedding ceremony and/or photos. Connected to the mainland by a small footbridge, the Gazebo can accommodate approximately 40 people. Restrooms are nearby at the park's bathhouse and available upon request, by noting so on the application form.
- Please note: Parking is along the park's main road. Please do not park on the grassy areas. There is no access for vehicles on the service roads. Any chairs or other amenities you want to bring must be brought in via a handcart. Chairs/Decorations: If you need chairs, you would be responsible for obtaining, transporting and removing them from the site. Please do not staple, tape or nail anything in or on the gazebo structure. The Gazebo in Onondaga Park does not have a power source.
- The space must be reserved through the City's Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs (315) 473-4330. The Parks department will provide a permit application and waiver form, and will be able to answer any questions you may have.
- Syracuse New Times " Urban Oasis", August 4, 2010
In about 1900, Syracuse acquired 80 acres of property formerly used as a city reservoir. The larger part, lying west of Onondaga Avenue is called Upper Onondaga Park. The reservoir, with rip-rapped stone sides, and adjoining oak and hickory grove were used for swimming and picnicking with little change for a few years. John McCarthy, a funeral director, had built at his own expense two wooden piers 50 yards apart with a bathhouse at each pier, also a wooden building for the guards and attendants. The reservoir was soon transformed into a lake and lagoon containing over 15 acres of great scenic beauty. The lake also affords facilities for swimming, and an annual fish derby for younger folk. A bandstand on an island near the edge of the lake is the scene of many enjoyable concerts. There is also a lovely grove used for picnics.