Temporary Closure of Kirk Park Overlook for Kayak Launch Construction

Published on July 09, 2024

The City of Syracuse announces the temporary closure of the Kirk Park overlook for Kayak and Canoe Launch construction. The closure is scheduled to begin on July 15 with an anticipated reopening in September 2024. The nearby portion of the Creekwalk is expected to remain open during construction with minimal interruptions.  Construction vehicles and materials will be stored between the Hunt Ave parking lot and the creekbank.

The Department of Engineering project is committed to improving public infrastructure and ensuring safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences. The Kirk Park Kayak and Canoe Launch will be located at the end of the Creekwalk near Hunt Avenue and will serve as one of three vital access points for water enthusiasts, providing opportunities for kayaking and canoeing on Onondaga Creek.

During the reconstruction period, the overlook area will undergo significant upgrades, including the construction of an American Disability Act (ADA) compliant launch ramp and enhanced safety features such as the installation of updated safety rails, lockable gate, and signage for improved visibility and security. The launch project also encompasses a stilling basin designed to provide safe entry and exit from the creek.

For updates and additional information regarding the closure and reconstruction process, please visit https://www.syr.gov/Projects/Infrastructure-Overview