Thornden Park

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The Syracuse Parks Department is marking a century of operation this year, and WAER News has spent the past few weeks profiling some of the city’s most unique green spaces.  In this final installment, Scott Willis visits perhaps one of the largest hidden gems on the city’s southwestern edge…Elmwood Park. 

Former common councilor Bob Dougherty’s first memories of the 65-acre park go back to playing little league in the 1960’s…

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The Syracuse parks department is marking a century of operation, years after many parks were already established.  One of them is Onondaga park in the Strathmore neighborhood.  

Kelly Wise says it was her family’s first weekend in the neighborhood nine years ago this month when her connection to Strathmore and Onondaga Park began.

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The Syracuse Parks Department is marking 100 years of operation, and WAER News has embarked on a series profiling just some of the city’s abundant green spaces.  This week, we head to the heart of the northside for a walk through Schiller Park.

For Paul Grella, it only made sense to be a founding member of the friends of Schiller Park in 2010.

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The Syracuse Parks Department is marking 100 years of operation, and WAER News has embarked on a series that will take you to just some of the city’s many green spaces.  This week, WAER's Scott Willis takes a short walk from our studios to Thornden Park, where he met up with Miranda Hine.  She's founding member and co-president of the Thornden Park Association.

Hine says she instantly connected with the park when she moved to Syracuse in the early 1980’s and bought a house that backed up to Thornden.

Our drive to Ostrom Avenue and Thornden Park is an annual summer must.