Join us at the next Barry Park Potluck hosted by UNPA, Thursday, August 16th, 5:30-7:30pm. Help to celebrate the beginning of the second year of the Morningside Cultural Trails and learn how you can be a part of the fun. Share a dish and/or drinks and catch up with neighbors & friends. We will set up by the fieldhouse. Bring along a picnic blanket or chairs. Paper goods supplied.

Find out more about these exciting programs and projects:

The Syracuse Poster Project: Come and learn about this fabulous project  see some of their past efforts and then sign up to write a Haiku about your favorite part of the Trails. It may be selected to be part of a Poster!

HOCPA (Historic Oakwood Cemetery Preservation Association) Talk about the upcoming historic tours, learn how you can learn about the cemetery, volunteer to help maintain the cemetery, and there will be a special membership offer: join HOCPA and Board member Paul Harvey will take you and your family and friends on a tour of the cemetery.

The new FLAT Trail Designed for those who are less able to climb the hills or who don’t want to get sweaty, the Flat trail winds through one of the loveliest and most historic, parts of the cemetery. Get a copy of the new map as well as the Tree Trail Scavenger hunt and see how many of the tree friendly questions you can answer.

Kindness Rocks: Run by the Girl Scout Troop 10106. Come paint a rock, and then place it in your favorite place along the trails (or treasure it at home if you prefer).

Geocaching: Sign up for a NY State Parks run workshop on geocaching; one of the top family friendly activities around the world today

NEW Public Art: Along the Public Arts pathway, one of our trails there will soon be Syracuse’s first outdoor public chess table. An original work of Art by Syracuse native  Cosmo Fanizzi. Come see the concept art drawing of the upcoming table funded by WACC (The Westcott Area Cultural coalition); the same folks who bring you the Westcott Festival. Maybe you’d like to be a part of the WACC!

Food Donation: Bring a canned good or packaged food item to help stock the shelves at Westcott Community Center’s food pantry, opening this fall.

The Morningside Cultural Trails (MCT) network includes over 7 miles of walking trails on Syracuse’s Eastside, each with its own distinctive experience. It currently consists of the Main Loop Trail (5 miles), Public Arts Pathway, Oakwood Tree Trail, Oakwood History Trail, Oakwood Ghost Trail, 5K Loop Trail, Meadowbrook Pond Trail, Nature Trail and “Monday Mile” Barry Park Route. The trails traverse three neighborhoods, highlighting ​their many cultural, historic, literary, artistic, scientific, and recreational treasures. Additional trails will be developed within the coming year.

The University Neighborhood Preservation Association is committed to  promoting owner-occupancy by primarily administering a homebuyers assistance program that helps families and individuals purchase homes in  the UNPA Target Area. People of all ages and backgrounds call the University Neighborhood home. The convenience and excitement of urban living, combined with  old-fashioned charm and character, make this neighborhood one of Syracuse’s best-kept secrets.