Since 1921, Thornden Park has been the jewel of the city’s east side. With its forested and open spaces, playground and ballfields, outdoor amphitheatre and stunning rose garden, Thornden Park is a place for people of all ages to gather, play and enjoy the outdoors.  

The Thornden Park Association invites the Syracuse community to join in celebrating the centennial year of the park. We are launching a year-long series of fun interactive activities and events designed to highlight Thornden Park. 

We start by asking you to let us know why you love Thornden Park. You can respond  in a variety of ways: with a photo, an image, a favorite memory, a poem, a picnic recipe, a love letter -- whatever best expresses your love of the park. 

Email your responses:; share #Thornden100 hashtag on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter; or drop a note to   

Thornden Park Association

PO Box 6604 

Syracuse, NY 13217

We look forward to sharing your memories and stories with the community. 


About Us

The Thornden Park Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of New York. The Thornden Park Association was founded in 1983 to advocate for, restore, and revitalize Thornden Park, a seventy-six acre historic landscape situated within the complex and diverse University Neighborhood.

Please help support for our efforts in Thornden Park by becoming a member. The annual membership fee to join the Thornden Park Association is $10.00. Please send us your name, address, phone and e-mail address, and a $10 check to:

Thornden Park Association
PO Box 6604
Syracuse, New York 13217


Get Involved

Want to make a difference in our community? Interested in continuing our work to make Thornden Park one of Syracuse's prized jewels? The Thornden Park Association is always looking for volunteers to assist with park programming or to serve on the board. We meet monthly, ten times a year. If you would like to learn more, please contact

Thornden Park Association Board of Directors meetings are open to the public. We welcome guests, though we'd appreciate an RSVP to the above-referenced e-mail address for planning purposes! Except in the case of conflicts with federal holidays, Board meetings will be held the second Monday of each month at 6:15 p.m., September 2019 through June 2020. Our 2020 annual meeting will be held on Monday, June 1st, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.

Upcoming meeting date and location:

November 18th, 2019; Field House

December 9th, 2019; Field House

Volunteer Opportunities

We need members to take an active role on both ongoing and time-limited projects. We would be grateful for your assistance with any of the following types of activities:

  • Planning and organizing Chili Bowl Fest and Garden Tours
  • Developing and implementing new fundraisers
  • Researching, writing, and overseeing grant implementation
  • Gardening at the Lily Pond and park entrances
  • Inventorying the park trees and helping with replanting efforts
  • Promoting and publicizing park events

For updates on further volunteer opportunities, follow us on Facebook!