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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
      Adult Fitness, Yoga, and Wellness 
    Senior Fitness
    Winter Recreation / skate, ski, snowshoe, and sled!
    Fitness Instructors 


    FIT KIDS Out-Of-School Time Fitness Program...  Kids Need 60 minutes a day!  Fit Kids Programs will help youth achieve the recommended amount of physical activity during after school programming while burning energy and gaining knowledge in a fun, safe, non-intimidating environment.  Also, the ability to create a personal wellness plan is a critical life skill that can be developed through programs such as these!  Sessions are led by experienced leaders or certified fitness instructors.  Some programs are open to adult family members as well!  Registration Required:   For more information E-mail: .  

    Fit Kids and Families Program Registration is ONLINE .Spring 2020 Program dates to be announced soon!  Check back often for new programs and for updates!  Create an Recdesk Family Profile today!

    •   Fit Kids Fitness Circuits...Boys and Girls ages 8-13 can join certified instructors from Fight for Hearts for sessions that may include fun, active games, strength building exercises and more! You'll learn proper technique for a variety of exercises, and how to put together a effective personal fitness routine! Classes may be hold in the gymnasium or outdoors when possible!   Don't miss this program! 
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    •   TEEN Conditioning Program... Geared toward youth 15 to 18 years of age, this program brings certified fitness trainers into the center to lead exercises to help improve aerobic fitness, agility and muscle strength in a fun environment.  Participants will learn proper technique for key movements, and how to put together a safe and effective personal fitness routine for enhancing athletic performance and overall health!  Register Today!
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    •    AFRO and HIP HOP DANCE...A modern Afro and Hip Hop dance class, led by Alicia Dudley, will teach you all the right moves to get your heart pumping.  Participants will be given the opportunity to showcase their moves in a season-ending performance!
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    •   ZUMBA DANCE...Certified Zumba instructors are on hand to lead these fun, high energy dance classes!  Adult family members welcome to join in!!
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    •   AFRICAN DANCE AND DRUM...Join Biboti from Wacheva Cultural Arts Center for weekly lessons  Adult family members welcome to join in!!

    •  MY PLATE FAMILIES / COOKING TOGETHER  ...  Join Cornell Cooperative Extension for this award winning program that brings kids and family members together to prepare and sample healthy, mouth-watering dishes! Learn cooking skills and nutritious recipes in a fun environment... together with family!  To register for any or all of the sessions below, visit; e-mail Katie at, or call 315-424-8485 ext 254.  Space is limited on each date.
       Location                  Day                                    Times                        Theme     
      Magnarelli Center     Tuesday February 10     5:30pm - 7:00pm       Quesadillas
      Magnarelli Center     Tuesday March 10         5:30pm - 7:00pm       Pasta Night!
      Magnarelli Center     Tuesday April 14           5:30pm - 7:00pm      Summer Sides and Salads


    • Youth YOGA... Join certified yoga instructors for beginner youth-focused yoga classes!  Enjoy the healthful benefits of yoga! Adult caregivers are welcome to join as well!
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    •  Please bring a yoga mat (though a limited number are available to borrow if needed!)
    •   YOUTH TENNIS CLINICS... Stay fit while learning a great lifetime sport!  free beginner tennis clinics with USTA instructors! Come play tennis in the Parks! Classes are Free!  Please pre-register via e-mail above or ONLINE Here!
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    •   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. Equipment provided!     Click HERE for more information or to join!.  You may also e-mail; or call 473-4330 for more information. Join any time! 

      Location              Days                                    Times
      Wilson Park           Mon, Tues, Fri           4:30pm - 5:30pm                         
      Levy School          Mon, Wed, Fri           3:30pm - 4:30pm   
      Schiller Park          Mon, Tues, Thurs      4:30pm - 5:30pm              
      Northeast C.C.       Mon, Tues, Thurs      4:00pm - 5:00pm              


       Get or stay fit in the Parks in 2020!

    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.  To register online, visit

    •  Thornden Park (meets at Carriage House)  Instructor: Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA.
      •  Mondays and Thursdays;  5:00pm - 5:30pm. (class moves indoors at Carriage House after the Summer)  Ongoing Classes, With the Thornden Park Assoc.
    • Burnet Park (Meets near Rink building) Instructor: Ann Ionnatta, DPT  Check back for Summer 2020 dates!
      •  Tuesdays and Thursdays; 
      •  Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
      • Class may be cancelled due to weather

    WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS with Metro Fitness!: Wellness Wednesdays, the free outdoor fitness program, returns this Summer to downtown's Clinton Square. Group Fitness instructors from Metro Fitness bring their expertise to the Square each Wednesday to lead community fitness classes, creating opportunities for a healthier Syracuse.  No cost to join... simply drop in each Wednesday! 
    2020 Dates to be announced!

    • Sunrise Yoga: What a great way to start your Wednesday.  6:30am - 7:30am
    • Yoga Flow: Express yoga focusing on flowing from pose-to-pose: 12:15am - 12:45am
    • Urban Boot Camp: Incorporating endurance and functional strength


       YOGA IN THE PARK! Enjoy free, outdoor Yoga this summer in some of our City's most scenic and serene spots! Join experienced instructors for classes that are ideal for beginners and also wonderful for more advanced users.  Classes may be cancelled due to weather. Please bring a yoga mat (though a limited number may be available to borrow).  For a full schedule of classes, and pre-register online visit!   E-mail with questions!

    • Unified Yoga:   Unified Yoga is an inclusive recreation program for people for all abilities and backgrounds, to come together and share in the physical and mind-body benefits of yoga! Designed for beginners, but all levels of practitioners can take this class.  Unified Yoga uses poses that are carefully selected to provide optimum functional application to individuals with low motor tone and difficulty with coordination.  Focus is on improving movement across midline, core stability, flexibility and relaxation!  Class is led by Rebecca Alexander, DPT, 200-RY.  For current class schedule, and to pre-register online, visit

     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! For a great way to track your miles, there are Monday Mile Passport books... available at the Parks office.  Grab one today and begin your journey! Earn incentives! e-mail 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. For more information or to register, visit the webpage of the Syracuse Parks Conservancy!

     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).


    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...  For full program schedule at each location, please click below:

    •  Magnarelli Community Center 2308 Grant Blvd (at Pond St)
      •  ZUMBA ... at the Bova Center in Schiller Park. a Zumba class geared toward active seniors! FREE!
        •  Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30am-10:30am  // Instructors: Monique Williams, Shantina Perez, Zumba certified  (473-4780 for more info).       
        •  To Register:  On-site registration accepted if space is available.  Waiver and Exercise readiness questionnaire required. 

    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  
    • Sledding  and Snow Shoe at Burnet Park and Sunnycrest...  Read more here!    
    •   Cross Country Ski 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 at Sunnycrest Park 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 315.473.2674 (Ski Lodge).  
    •  Winter Lodge Hours : Saturday & Sunday  10 a.m. to 4 p.m, conditions permitting.  Check Here! ; February School Break : Tuesday- Friday  10am - 4pm; 
      • Burnet Park Lodge:  Park in the golf course parking area.  Enter park from entrance at Avery Ave and Whittier Ave (13204).  Phone:  315.487.6285
      • Sunnycrest Lodge: Enter the golf course parking area from Hickok Ave at Caleb Ave (one block from Burnet Ave) Phone: 315.473.2674
    • Equipment Lending (available during Winter Lodge hours).  No charge for use of equipment (must be 18+ and provide a photo ID); equipment is limited in quantity 
      • Sunnycrest Lodge: Adult and Youth XC Skis; Adult and Youth Snowshoes; (2) Adaptive sit-skis; (1) adaptive push sled-ski.
      • Burnet Park Lodge:  adult and youth Snowshoes
      • note: sleds/tubes are not available for lending.
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    Join our Team! Help to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle by leading fitness, dance, or other activity-based 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 

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