City Parks Announces Playground Engagement Opportunities to Gather Community Feedback on Three Upcoming Playground Replacement Projects – Our City

Playgrounds include: Cannon Street Community Center, Upper Onondaga Park and Spirit of Jubilee Park

Syracuse, NY – The Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs announced a community pledge this summer for playgrounds at Cannon Street Community Center, Upper Onondaga Park and Spirit of Jubilee Park. The purpose of engagements is to gain a better understanding of community wants and needs to help the parks planning team make potential design decisions. The goal of each project is to provide a fashionable playground that is functional, safe, inclusive and enhances recreation and the play experience in every neighborhood.

“We know that involving our residents is key to the success of improvements to our parks and facilities,” said Parks Commissioner Julie LaFave. “Understanding that community engagement is not a one-size-fits-all approach, the parks planning team uses a variety of strategies to connect with community members, including but not limited to participating in public meetings, holding informal events, administering online/in-person surveys. , and planning meet and greets in the parks with the hope of reaching as many people as possible.

Cannon Street Playground, 529 Cannon Street, Syracuse, NY, 13205

Phase I of this project involves the replacement of the existing aging swing. An installation in the fall of 2022 is planned. Phase II of this project includes adding play structures to complete the swing set. Funding of $100,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will cover both phases at this location.

The team will be on site on the following days and times to gather feedback on Phase II of the playground project:

  • Thursday, June 9, 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 July, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

A member of the team will also be attending the Southside TNT reunion on June 6 at 6:00 p.m. An online survey can be found at bit.ly/CannonStreetPlaygroundSurvey and will end on Thursday, July 11. syrgov.net or (315) 473-4330

Spirit of Jubilee Playground, 201 South Avenue, Syracuse, NY, 13204

This project will include the replacement and improvement of existing play structures. With previously approved capital funding, the Department allocated $150,000 to the project.

The Parks team will be on site at the following event:

  • Sunday August 21, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Showcase Sunday

A member of the Parks team will also be attending the Southside TNT reunion on September 12 at 6:00 p.m. An online survey will be available from August 21. Questions can be directed to Alexa Gellar at [email protected] or (315) 473-4330

Upper Onondaga Park Playground, 531 Roberts Avenue, Syracuse, NY, 13027

This project will include the replacement of existing aging play structures after a series of community feedback and engagement sessions. This project is made possible by a grant guaranteed by Assemblyman William Magnarelli totaling $150,000.

The Parks team will be on site at the following times:

  • Tuesday, July 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at POPS in the Park
  • Friday, August 12, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Movies in the Park
  • Wednesday August 17, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the playground

A member of the team will also be attending the Southside TNT reunion on August 1 at 6:00 p.m. An online survey will be available from July 26. Questions can be directed to Josh Wilcox at [email protected] or (315) 473-4330

North Side Public Engagement

Alsopublic engagement for Northside Parks improvements began May 5. Feedback compiled during Northside’s engagement process will be used to determine park priorities and guide the investment of the $300,000 ARPA funds allocated to Northside Parks.

Parks and Recreation has two more Meet & Greets as well as two Open Houses to showcase the results of all Northside Parks engagements.

  • Thursday Meet & Greet, June 16, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery, 900 Lodi Street
  • Saturday Meet & Greet, June 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Highland Playlot, 401 Highland Street
  • Thursday, July 7, Open House from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the White Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 28, Open House from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the White Branch Library

There’s an online Northside Parks Survey at bit.ly/northsideparkssurvey. It will be open until June 20. Questions can be directed to Alexa Gellar at [email protected] or 315-473-4330

Additional engagement opportunities can be added for each project. Follow us on Facebook (@SyracuseParksRec) or check Syracuse.recdesk.com for updates.

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