Wilson Pool Scheduled to Open July 5

Published on July 03, 2023

Syracuse, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse Department of Parks & Recreation announced it will open Wilson Pool on Wednesday July 5. Burnet, Kirk, Lincoln, McKinley, Upper Onondaga and Schiller pools opened on a rolling basis beginning mid-June.  An announcement regarding opening of Thornden Pool is expected soon. 

The pools operate Monday - Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. All pool hours are subject to change throughout the summer based on staffing and pool needs/requirements. Pools will remain open through mid-August, weather permitting.

Advance registration is not required. Admission to open swim is free of charge for everyone. The pools will operate on a first-come, first-serve system when pool capacities are reached.

Children under the minimum height requirement must be with a parent or responsible adult over 18 years old. A maximum of three children per adult are allowed. The accompanying adult must be always in the water within an arms-reach of children, even when a child is wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device. A deep-water swim test must be taken and passed upon each entry. To view the full list of pool rules and acceptable swimwear visit https://syr.gov/poolrules.  

Lifeguard Screenings & Trainings

The City continues to seek lifeguards.  Interested candidates have two more lifeguard training opportunities to register for this summer. Training fees will be waived for city of Syracuse residents who fulfill a summer season of employment working a minimum of 20 hours per week. To check eligibility and learn more visit https://syr.gov/becomealifeguard.

Lifeguard training dates:

  • Session II: July 10 - 21
  • Session III: July 24 - Aug. 4


Lap Swimming

A designated lap lane is available, free of charge, at all outdoor pools during open swim hours.

Aquathon Events

Youth between the ages of 3-15 can sign up to take part in five Aquathon events. Events are free of charge. The Aquathon events combine swimming and running into a fun, untimed sporting event at five parks located throughout the city of Syracuse. New this year, an adult division will be available at the Upper Onondaga Park. Events take place on Sundays and free training sessions are available. Learn more and register at  https://syracuse.recdesk.com .

Aquathon dates:

  • Sunday, July 9: Schiller Park
  • Sunday, July 16: Kirk Park
  • Sunday, July 23: Upper Onondaga Park
  • Sunday, July 13: Burnet Park
  • Sunday, August 6: Thornden Park

For pool closings and cancellations:

  • Visit the Syracuse Parks & Recreation Facebook page @SyracuseParksRec
  • Visit the Syracuse.recdesk.com cancellation page.
  • Call the dedicated pool line message at 315-748-8908. The line is not answered or monitored.

For more information, email blopes@syrgov.nettmontressor@syrgov.net or jayalya@syrgov.net.