LOCATION: Montgomery and New Sts.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Acreage: 2.636 Neighborhood Park

FEATURES: Athletic Fields and Courts Roesler Park has 2 Little League Diamonds, 2 full basketball courts, and 1 tennis court

Playground A playground consisting of swings, slides, seesaws, and climbing bars.


HISTORICAL INFORMATION: On November 21, 1983, Mayor Lee Alexander designated the former Central High School playground area as Don R. Roesler Memorial Park. Don R. Roesler, an Executive Director of the Syracuse Young Men's Christian Association, was instrumental in guiding that organiztion to unprecedented achievement in enhancing the quality of life in this community and the surrounding area; and, his energy and leadership resulted in such developments as the conversion of residence rooms to create 30 apartments for the elderly and handicapped, and the organizing of numerous youth centers; and, knowing that there were young people in the poorer neighborhoods who needed the YMCA program, he did not wait for the YMCA to be sought out. He reached out to those neighborhoods with a message of invitation, of welcome, and of hope for those who might otherwise have remained removed from the central program. His example and vision were significant community influences far beyond the basic activities of the Syracuse YMCA, earning a lasting memorial tribute to reflect this community's appreciation for his contributions as an individual and as a representative of a major institution.