City of Syracuse Offers Relief From Heat

City and Boys & Girls Clubs open centers for at-risk residents on Saturday and Sunday
Eight City pools are open this weekend

Syracuse, N.Y. – In preparation for record-breaking heat this weekend, the City of Syracuse and the Boys & Girls Club announced the opening of air-conditioned centers for at-risk residents to get relief from dangerous temperatures. For those who are able, city pools will also be open all weekend as a place to escape the heat.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh

“The conditions this weekend present a serious risk to people who are vulnerable to the heat,” said Mayor Walsh. “The city wants to be sure that those who can’t get access to a safe space have somewhere to go. We also want people to keep an eye on their neighbors and to check on those who might live alone. If they need a place to go, help them get to one of our neighborhood sites.”

For elderly residents, families with small children, and those with health concerns who do not have access to air conditioning, city community centers at the following locations will be open to city residents on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.:

Magnarelli Community Center
2308 Grant Boulevard                         

Cecile Community Center
174 West Seneca Turnpike

In addition, the Boys & Girls Club will open its centers at the following locations from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday:

Fayette Street Boys & Girls Club
2100 E. Fayette Street

Hamilton Street Boys & Girls Club
201 Hamilton Street

Residents who are vulnerable to the heat and do not have other options are encouraged to visit any of these locations which will be available during anticipated periods of highest temperatures. Other options to spend time in cooler temperatures are public spaces, such as shopping malls or libraries.

Syracuse residents can swim for free at one of eight city pools that are open this weekend: Burnet Park Pool, Kirk Park Pool, Lincoln Park Pool, McKinley Park Pool, Onondaga Park Pool, Schiller Park Pool, Thornden Park Pool, Wilson Park Pool. Hours vary by location and are posted at: Pools hours may be extended based on available staffing. The city also has water features at the following locations:

Operating All Day

Upper Onondaga Park
Lower Onondaga Park
Washington Square Park
Union Park

Operational during pool hours

Thornden Park
McKinley Park
Schiller Park


Water Misters

Burnet Park
Skiddy Park

The city also advises residents to be aware of and abide by “Extreme Heat Precautions” issued Friday by the Onondaga County Health Department.

County Executive Mahoney also announced Thursday that Jamesville Beach and Oneida Shores would be open extended hours this weekend from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.