Mayor Stephanie Miner has announced the opening of a newly-constructed outdoor classroom in Kirk Park, along Onondaga Creek.
This facility, part of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), will be used for enhancing recreational and educational opportunities in Kirk Park, city officials stated.
New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales, whose agency funded the $500,000 project, joined Miner at the announcement. Sen. David Valesky, and other officials, also attended the event.
“I know this new outdoor classroom will become a treasure for this neighborhood for generations to come,” Miner said. “The Outdoor Classroom is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to make Onondaga Creek an asset for the entire Syracuse community. This is a very welcome addition to Kirk Park.”
In addition, “These improvements to Kirk Park and along Onondaga Creek will not only provide recreational activities for our children and the rest of the community, it will also create a vital connection between the Park and the downtown Syracuse business district,” added Perales. “This project is a model for how a recreational park can drive regional economic growth. Gov. Cuomo and his administration continue to encourage state, county and local partnerships to revitalize our upstate cities.”
According to city officials, the outdoor classroom will be operated by the City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs.
The facility will provide space for recreation, outdoor education opportunities, and enhanced views of Onondaga Creek.
Additionally, city officials said programming will be designed by the Parks Department, the Onondaga Environmental Institute, and the nearby Seals Community Center.
City staff engaged with community members at four public meetings between the summer of 2012 and early 2013 to discuss the potential of a new project along Onondaga Creek, according to the press release.
The city used public input from the meetings to create design elements and develop the plan for the project.