Syracuse to Celebrate Parks at June 7 with Cleanup, Tour, and Art Displays at Kirk, Onondaga, and Elmwood Parks

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse will encourage people to visit Onondaga, Kirk, and Elmwood Parks this Saturday, June 7, from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM for a parks celebration. This event will include a park cleanup, activities for children, and refreshments. The central hub for the day’s events will be the Kirk Park pavilion.

The City of Syracuse will partner with Baltimore Woods, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Onondaga Earth Corps as part of this event. The Cornell Cooperative Extension will guide a walking tour showcasing the plants in Kirk Park, including an edible garden. Educators from Baltimore Woods will offer activities for children. Park photos taken by students at Corcoran, Henniger, and Fowler high schools will be on display. There will also be a display of children’s artwork and a history exhibit in which the public is invited to add their own memories of the parks.

“This is a great opportunity for us to bring together the community and discuss what we want to see in our parks,” said Baye Muhammad, Commissioner of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs. “I appreciate the partnership between SUNY ESF and the City that is making this happen.”

The event is part of a community park study conducted collaboratively by the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Center for Community Design Research (CCDR). This study, funded by a grant from Key Bank awarded to SUNY ESF, seeks to gain public input for ongoing Parks Department projects and seeks the community’s input on future development in the area. The CCDR is an outreach program within ESF’s Department of Landscape Architecture. Working in partnership with communities, elected officials, agencies, not-for-profit organizations and other academic programs, the CCDR provides technical assistance, educational programs, and research projects that build community capacity to manage sustainable futures.