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Franklin Square Creekwalk Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
Franklin Square - Creekwalk

Franklin Square - Creekwalk

Franklin Square Creekwalk
Fee: None /Pets: Yes

Trail: Creekwalk
Length: 1.0 miles (round trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 03.440 W76 09.779 (Parking Area)

Trail Map:
Franklin Square Creekwalk

Links:
Onondaga Creekwalk

The Franklin Square Creekwalk is a half mile stretch along Onondaga Creek that represents the vision of what the Onondaga Creekwalk could become.  It offers a very picturesque walk along the water with paved trails and streetlights.  As of September 2009, a trail expansion has been approved to connect the Syracuse Inner Harbor and Armory Square to this trail near Franklin Square.  This expansion (under the project name Onondaga Creekwalk) will offer an outstanding stretch of trail within the city.

Visited:
> 12/02/2009 (Chinook) – Our initial visit to this trail on a beautiful December day.

FS Creekwalk - Trail View

FS Creekwalk - Trail View

FS Creekwalk - Trail View

FS Creekwalk - Trail View

Onondaga Creek

Onondaga Creek

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Onondaga Creekwalk Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
Franklin Square - Trailhead

Franklin Square - Trailhead

Onondaga Creekwalk
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

Attachments:
City of Syracuse, Creekwalk page
Onondaga Creek Conceptual Revitalization Plan
Syracuse Creekwalk Phase I – Project Summary

Former/Adjacent Trails:
Trail Section #1: Franklin Square
Trail Section #2: The Inner Harbor

Parking
Van Rensselaer & Bear (N43 03.673 W76 10.190)
West Genesee & Wallace
Walton & West Fayette
Armory Square Creekwalk Entrance
Carousel Mall (N43 03.958 W76 10.288)

Onondaga Lake – Traceback Point (N43 04.083 W76 10.675)
Downtown Traceback Point (N43 02.831 W76 09.392)

The City of Syracuse has been talking about the implementation of an inner city “creekwalk” for many years now.  In a recent article by Dick Case, he mentions the concept can be dated back as far as 1965.  For years, outdoor enthusiasts could enjoy the Franklin Square and Inner Harbor locations, but in October 2011, Phase 1 of the Onondaga Creekwalk Project was completed.  The $10.1 million dollar, 2.6  mile trail (1-way), now allows us to travel from Armory Square to Onondaga Lake.

2011 - Phase 1 Connection

2011 - Phase 1 Connection

 

2011 - Phase 1 Connector - Looking toward the lake

2011 - Phase 1 Connector - Looking toward the lake

 

2011 - Further up the trail

2011 - Further up the trail

 

2011 End Point - Armory Square

2011 End Point - Armory Square

 

12/04/2011 (Advgrl, Steven, Diane) – Our first visit from the Bear Street parking area to Armory Square and back.  I was really impressed with the finalized construction from Phase 1 of this project.

Entrance from the Inner Harbor

Entrance from the Inner Harbor

View of the extension from Carousel Mall

View of the extension from Carousel Mall

View of Syracuse from Hiawatha Blvd. Bridge

View of Syracuse from Hiawatha Blvd. Bridge

Route 11 Underpass

Route 11 Underpass

12/10/2011 (Advgrl, Steven) – We parked at the Inner Harbor, the same location we parked at on 12/04 and went toward Onondaga Lake.  The roundtrip was 1.9 miles and covers the other section of trail added in Phase 1 of the Creekwalk project.  Again, the county did a really nice job with this trail.  All of us agreed that there was a significant amount of traffic on Hiawatha Blvd. and wished the new trail didn’t require travel along the front of the Carousel Mall.  However, it is not required that you cross the street, which is a good thing.

Onondaga Lake Park Friday, July 31st, 2009
Ononadaga Lake Park - The Dog Park

Ononadaga Lake Park – The Dog Park

Name: Onondaga Lake Park
Fee: Free /Pets: Yes

GPS: N 43 06.134 W 76 12.379
GPS:
N 43 06.984 W76 14.706 (Lakeland/West Parking)

Trail: East Shore Recreational Trail
Length: 2.6 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Shoreline Walking Trail
Length: 2.0 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: West Shore Trail
Length: 2.2 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Lakeland Trail
Length: 3.0 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail Maps:
Long Branch Park Map
Onondaga Lake Park Map

Onondaga Lake Park is to Central New York what Central Park is to New York City.  It is a hub of activity year round.  In additional to the hiking, biking and fishing offered at most parks, OLP offers the Onondaga Lake Skate Park, the Butterfly Garden of Hope, the Griffin Visitors Center, historic Longbranch Park, the Salt Museum, a Good Dog Park, Onondaga Lake Playground, a scenic picnic area at Willow Bay and archery.  Do not worry if you don’t equipment because they rent everything from boats and kayaks to skates.  During the summer, Longbranch Park brings in outdoor entertainment.  We’ve attended events such as the Scottish Festival and Shakespear in the Park.

All of the trails are well maintained and easily walked.  Using a combination of trails (see park map above) you can travel up to 5 miles around the lake.  In development are two more miles of additional trails near the fairgrounds bluff and a proposed 12 mile loop that would connect to the Syracuse Canalway Trail.

Visited:
> 06/14/2006 (AdvGirl & Chinook)
> 08/12/2006 (AdvGirl, The Piper Family, Marylee Brown)
> 07/05/2009 (AdvGirl & Chinook)
> 10/14/2009 (Chinook) – Today we took the Lakeland Trail.  If you follow the trail all the way to end, the foot bridge that crosses 690 is out and forces the trail to stop there.  On the way back, we cut over to the West Shore Trail for a change of scenery.  The entire trip was 3.1 miles and this includes the short extension to see the pond by 690.  Check out “Graffiti Bridge” if you take this trail.
> 02/17/2013 (Diane & Steven) – Braved the cold wind to walk and geocache along the southwestern side of the lake (Lakeland).

Onondaga Lake Park - West Shore Trail

Onondaga Lake Park – West Shore Trail

Onondaga Lake Park - West Shore Trail

Onondaga Lake Park – West Shore Trail

Onondaga Lake Park - West Shore Trail

Onondaga Lake Park – West Shore Trail

Onondaga Lake Park - Longbranch Scottish Festival

Onondaga Lake Park – Longbranch Scottish Festival

Onondaga Lake Park - Butterfly Garden

Onondaga Lake Park – Butterfly Garden

Onondaga Lake Park - Butterfly Garden

Onondaga Lake Park – Butterfly Garden

Onondaga Lake Park - Butterfly Garden Memorial Pavers

Onondaga Lake Park – Butterfly Garden Memorial Pavers

OLP - Lakeland Trail

OLP – Lakeland Trail

OLP - Lakeland Trail - 690 Footbridge

OLP – Lakeland Trail – 690 Footbridge

OLP - Lakeland Trail

OLP – Lakeland Trail

Pleasant Beach Road Walkway

Pleasant Beach Road Walkway

OLP - Lower West Trail

OLP – Lower West Trail

OLP - Rock Wall

OLP – Rock Wall

Beach Road Walkway

Beach Road Walkway