Mayor Walsh Announces City Sites for Relief from Extreme Heat

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

Syracuse, N.Y. – With extreme heat rolling into Syracuse Friday, 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 and water features will also be open this weekend as a place to escape the heat.

Mayor Ben Walsh

“We are expecting very high temperatures on Friday and extreme heat conditions on Saturday,” said Mayor Walsh. “We want to be sure that those who can’t get access to a safe space have somewhere to go. People should also keep an eye on their neighbors and 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 special needs who do not have access to air conditioning, city community centers at the following locations will be open to city residents on Saturday from Noon to 8 p.m.: Magnarelli Community Center at McChesney Park 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 5 p.m. on Saturday: 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.  Other options to spend time in cooler temperatures are public spaces, such as shopping malls or libraries.

Thornden Park Pool

Syracuse residents can visit 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, and Wilson Park Pool. Hours vary by location and are posted at: http://www.syracuse.ny.us/Parks/aquatics.html. 

The City also has outdoor water features – fountains and sprayers – at nine locations:

  • Lower Onondaga Spray Pad (activated by a small silver button on both sides of pad)
  • McKinley Park Spray Area (open during pool hours)
  • Schiller Park Mushroom (open during pool hours)
  • Thornden Park Spray Circle
  • Frazer School Spray Feature
  • Union Park Spray Block
  • Upper Onondaga Park Spray Block
  • Washington Square Park Spray Block
  • Wilson Park’s Spray Block

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