Cooling Centers Open at Cecile and Magnarelli Community Centers

Published on July 09, 2024

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced the City of Syracuse will open cooling centers for extended hours at two city community centers on Tuesday, July 9. The Cecile Community Center at 174 W. Seneca Turnpike and the Magnarelli Community Center at 2308 Grant Boulevard will be open for cooling from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. A National Weather Service Heat Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m.

In addition to the Cecile and Magnarelli centers, a list of other cooling centers are available online at the New York State Health Department website. Sites include Onondaga County Public Library branches in neighborhoods around the city.  Users should call ahead to confirm hours and availability. The air-conditioned facilities are available for residents from any city neighborhoods who need relief from the anticipated record-breaking temperatures.

Older adults needing information on Senior Cooling Centers may contact the Onondaga County Office for Aging at 315.435.2362.  If you are experiencing a health emergency, call 9-1-1.

In addition to cooling centers, public pools are open citywide Monday - Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m.:

  • Schiller Park Pool
  • Kirk Park Pool
  • Upper Onondaga Park Pool
  • Thornden Park Pool
  • Wilson Park Pool
  • McKinley Park Pool
  • Burnet Park Pool

    Lincoln Park Pool at 140 Robinson Street is closed pending repair of a mechanical problem. Find a list of pools and locations here.

    The City also offers spray features at parks around the city for cooling off. See below for a full list of sites.

  • Burnet Park Spray Mister (self-activated), located on the playground.
  • Comfort Tyler Park Spray Feature, located next to the playground.
  • Frazer School Mister Pole, located behind the school.
  • Lewis Park Spray Block (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), located on the playground.
  • Onondaga Park – Lower Spray Feature (self-activated), located by the playground.
  • McKinley Park Spray Area, located just outside of the pool.
  • Schiller Park Spray Feature, located next to the pool.
  • Skiddy Park Spray Mister, located near the playground.
  • Sunnycrest Park Spray Mister (self-activated), located on the playground.
  • Thornden Park Spray Feature, located just outside the pool.
  • Union Park Spray Feature, located next to the playground.
  • Washington Square Park Spray Feature (self-activated), located next to the pavilion.
  • Wilson Park Spray Block, located near the pool.