The City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs will change the traffic patterns in Lincoln Park as a temporary solution to prevent the illegal dumping that has frequently occurred throughout the park. Syracuse Parks and Rec staff used feedback to determine the best course of action to allow vehicle access to the park after hosting a virtual public information meeting with neighbors.

Beginning Monday, Dec. 14, the entrance on Robinson Street near Vine Street will be the sole access point for vehicles entering and exiting the park until further notice. A locked gate will be installed at Mather Street. Large planter boxes will be placed just south of the parking lot off of Robinson Street, restricting thru traffic to the round-top area and Lincoln Park Drive.

These changes are in response to an increase of illegal dumping in Lincoln Park with items such as: appliances, electronics, furniture, and tires. The illegal dumping creates safety concerns for City staff in addition to the time and resources required to continuously clean out.

The City will reconvene with Lincoln Park neighbors to reassess the impact of the traffic changes in the spring of 2021.

Syracuse Parks and Rec will continue to monitor activity and complaints with the Syracuse Police Department during this time. The public can report instances of illegal dumping by calling 315-442-5111.

To report City parks in need of litter removal, the public can:

Detailed information related to trash collection policies and procedures can be found at The Nov. 17 virtual public information meeting can be viewed at

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