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Parks & Recreation
Erin Gardner, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation

Watertown Ice Arena
William T. Field Dr.
Watertown, NY  13601

Ph: (315) 785-7775 (Admin)
Ph. (315) 785-7836 (Ops & Sched.)

8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Parks & Recreation strives to offer many exciting events and programs for all ages.

To Register for Programs using our secure WebTrac system use the link titled "WebTrac-Register For Programs" on the menu located on the left side of this page.

We also have a FACEBOOK page!!!

Please visit our Civil Service section and fill out a Temporary Employment Application in order to apply to be a City Lifeguard this summer.

Parks and Recreation strives to provide a broad range of recreation programs and facilities to enhance the quality of life for the City of Watertown.

There are 574 dedicated acres of Parks and Playgrounds which offer diverse and unique recreational opportunities. In addition the department creates opportunities for all age groups to participate in recreational and leisure activities. The neighborhood parks form the cornerstone of the City's park system and include facilities such as:

  • Playgrounds equipment
  • Athletic fields and courts
  • Picnic areas

The Veteran's River Walk, Waterworks Park, Bicentennial Park, and Marble Street Park are all located along the magnificent Black River providing scenic views, trails, and picnic areas.

Watertown 's historic Thompson Park serves as a central gathering place for a variety of community uses, events and for visitors to the City. The Park is an Olmstead Park and rich in activity and scenic trails. The Park is home to the local Zoo where one can see a collection of animals that are native to the area. The Park has:

  • Community-built playground
  • Picnic areas
  • Tennis court
  • Golf course
  • Exercise trail
  • Walk and trail systems
  • Large open spaces

The Parks & Recreation Department proudly works annually with the Watertown Rotary to offer the Orchestra of Northern New York Performance as well as a fireworks display that generally takes place the week of the 4th of July.  For more information, please call the Parks & Rec at 315-785-7775.