The Town of Geddes is made up of the village of Solvay, the more-rural Lakeland and residential Westvale (which Niche ranked the #2 best place to raise a family in the Syracuse area for 2020). Its location provides ample opportunities to preserve and expand upon its strengths as the Town is bordered on the west by Onondaga Lake, whose resurgence continues to stimulate new recreational opportunities and developments, including the nearby Lakeview Amphitheater venue. The Town has recently developed a comprehensive plan intended to guide the communities’ vision for its future and addressing local residents concerns as to what they consider important to their quality of life.
Along with events at the Amphitheater, Geddes also hosts the NYS Fair which is held annually. We invite you to explore the parks and newly developed trails like Loop the Lake and Empire State trails that run through the Geddes area and connect us with our neighboring townships.
The Town of Geddes is a community that prides itself on being a community that supports small businesses and larger companies. Our neighboring residents are invited to visit the small businesses on State Fair Blvd or large corporations in the areas of Farrell Road and Dwight Park.
Parks & Recreation
John Carno Senior & Youth Center
John Carno Recreation Center is located at 823 State Fair Blvd., Lakeland, where the Recreation Department office is also located. The building is used for classes, meetings, Senior Citizen meetings and recreational activities for Town residents. Some of the senior programs available throughout the year is AARP Smart Driver Courses, Flu Shot Clinics, Card Parties and Bunco Games.
Gymnasium hours are subject to change, due to classes & activities, etc.
Please contact the Recreation Department at 487-8238 for more information about the gymnasium schedule.
*The Lakeland Senior Citizens use the Recreation Center the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Nonresidents will be charged a $5.00 user’s fee during the supervised/recreational gym hours.
Lakeland Park facility, located on Alhan Parkway, Lakeland, has 2 basketball courts, 2 tennis courts, 3 ball fields, 2 pavilions, a play scape with swings and a slide, and bathroom facilities. It is used by Little League, families and organizations for picnics, and general public use. In order to utilize the pavilion and bathroom facilities for a picnic or gathering, a permit is necessary. Permit reservations can be made the first working day of the new year, and are available on a first come, first serve basis for a $20 fee. The Parks also hosts some of the Summer Concert Series sponsored by area businesses.
Lindbergh Lawns Park
Lindbergh Lawns Park facility, located on Bennett Ave., Longbranch area, has a small pavilion, swings and play scape. The park is available for general public use.
NEW YORK STATE FAIRGROUNDS
The New York State Fairgrounds is located in the Town of Geddes on the southern side of State Fair Boulevard. The annual fair runs for 13 days beginning in late August and ending on Labor Day. In 2018, the fair attracted over 1.2 million visitors. The Fairgrounds is also the location of a number of year-round events, including horse shows, agricultural shows, festivals, fundraisers, and more.
ST. JOSEPH’S HEALTH AMPHITHEATER AT LAKEVIEW
The Amphitheater is an Onondaga County facility. It was constructed in 2015 on the western shore of Onondaga Lake. This facility provides a state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue in the Town of Geddes, and is an extension of the Empire Expo Center (home of the Fairgrounds). The Amphitheater is used for a number of concerts during the summer months.
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Westvale is a suburban community in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 4,963 at the 2010 census. Westvale is in the town of Geddes, lying east of Fairmount and southwest of Solvay. Westvale is a suburb of Syracuse, which is to the east.
Parks & Recreation
Geddes Athletic Fields
Geddes Athletic Fields facility, located on the corner of Fay Road and Grand Ave., Westvale, has 4 ball fields, 1 football field, 1 soccer field, a pavilion, swings and bathroom facilities. It is used by Geddes Little League, Geddes/Westvale Pop Warner, WOYSA soccer, and general public use.
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Solvay is a village located in the town of Geddes, Onondaga County, New York, United States, and a suburb of the city of Syracuse. As of the 2020 census, the population was 6,645. The village is named after the Solvay brothers, Belgian inventors of the chemical process employed by the Solvay Process Company, formerly the major industry of the village.
Parks & Recreation
Solvay Geddes Community Youth Center
Solvay-Geddes Community Youth Center, a family-oriented youth and fitness facility serving Central New York since 1964. Located at 1010 Woods Rd, the CYC is a not-for- profit organization aimed at providing a safe environment for kids in the community to become healthier, more productive adults. The CYC is also committed to serving the elderly of the community by adapting its facilities to accommodate and develop programming for senior members of the community.
Solvay Public Library
The Solvay Public Library is located at the corner of Woods Road and North Orchard Road in the Village. The library is primarily funded by the Village, as well as the Town of Geddes and is part of the Onondaga County Public Library System. The library building is a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was constructed in 1905 through grants from Andrew Carnegie and Solvay Process Company. The library stores significant historical archives including those of Solvay Process and Onondaga Lake remediation information. The library underwent a significant renovation and expansion project in 2008 which included $3 million in upgrades.
Looking for ways to keep cool during the summer months, Solvay Pool and Splash Pad are open daily, times vary depending on weather. All children need to be accompanied by an adult. Village residents receive a discounted price vs. non residents. For more information on hours, fees and season passes can be found on villageofsolvay.com
Additional Local Parks in Solvay:
BOYD AVENUE PARK - This is a Village park. Facilities include a basketball court and playground equipment.
CHARLES AVENUE PARK -Facilities at this Village park include a small pavilion, basketball court, and playground equipment.
MONTROSE AVENUE PARK - Facilities at this Village park include a ball field and basketball court.
GERTRUDE STREET PARK - This is a Village facility, which includes the Solvay Pool.
WOODS ROAD PARK - Facilities include tennis courts and ball fields at this Village park.
Local Emergency Personnel
The Lakeland area in Geddes and the Village of Solvay are within the Solvay Union Free School District, which includes Solvay Elementary School, Solvay Middle School, and Solvay High School. The elementary and high schools are within the Village of Solvay, and the middle school is in the Lakeland area of the Town. Bishop Ludden Junior-Senior High School, a private Catholic high school for students from 7th to 12th grade, is also located within the Town of Geddes.
The Westvale area in Geddes is primarily within the Westhill Central School District. The Westhill Central School District includes Walberta Park Primary School, Cherry Road Elementary School, Onondaga Hill Middle School, and Westhill High School. Both Walberta Park Primary School and Cherry Road Elementary School are within the Town of Geddes. The southern and western portions of the Westvale area are within the West Genesee Central School District, which includes Onondaga Road Elementary, West Genesee Middle School, Camillus Middle School, and West Genesee Senior High School. The West Genesee District schools are all located outside of the Town of Geddes.
Greatschools (Greatschools.org) is a national nonprofit that rates schools based on test scores, college readiness and unbiased student policies. This type of rating information is displayed prominently on real estate websites, and may impact the real estate choices of young families. Most of these schools have average reputations, although individual schools may be rated higher or lower. The average Greatschools rating for the Solvay School District is a 4 out of 10. Westhill Central School District’s average rating is a 6 out of 10, and the West Genesee Central School District’s average rating is a 5 out of 10. The rating system classifies schools rated from 1-4 as below average, 5-6 as average, and 7-10 as above average.
The Town of Geddes Police Dept. provides 24-hour services to Geddes residents. The Police Dept. includes a Patrol Division, Investigation Division, and Administrative Services Division. The Lakeside Fire District serves residents throughout the Town. WAVES Ambulance Corporation, which is based in Camillus, NY, provides emergency medical transport for Western Onondaga County, including the Town of Geddes/Village of Solvay. In addition, the Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps (GBAC) provides emergency transport for residents of the Village of Baldwinsville and Towns of Geddes, Lysander, and Van Buren. Rural/Metro Medical Services of CNY serves communities in Onondaga County and other Central NY counties. There are no hospitals or emergency care facilities located within the Town or Village.
The Village of Solvay Police Dept. includes 20 employees: the Police Chief, one Lieutenant, three Sergeants, one Detective, seven full time officers, five part time officers, and two civilian employees. The Solvay Volunteer Fire Dept. serves both Village and Town. The Fire Dept. operates two fire stations year round – Station 1 (located in the industrial area) and Station 2 (located in the Village); and Station 4 is operated 24/7 during the NYS Fair (located at the Fairgrounds).
The Town of Geddes is governed by a seven-member Town Board, including the Town Supervisor and six council members. The Town has a five-member Planning Board and a five-member Zoning Board of Appeals. The Town also has a number of smaller committees in place including the Administrative & Ethics, Public Safety, Zoning/Planning/Codes/Buildings & Code Book, Highway, Recreation/Seniors and Youth, Finance, and Comprehensive Plan Committees. The Village of Solvay is governed by a seven-member Village Board, including the Mayor and six Trustees. The Village has a five-member Planning/Zoning Board, as well as separate Highway and Electric Departments.
The Town of Geddes has a variety religious establishments:
Christ Community United Methodist Church
3474 Stiles Road Syracuse, New York 13209
312 Lakeside Rd., Syracuse, NY 13209
St Charles of Borromeo Church
417 S Orchard Rd, Syracuse, NY 13219
Fay Road Baptist Church
750 Fay Rd, Syracuse, NY 13219
One Worshiping Community
126 South Terry Road // Syracuse, NY 13219
Westvale Seventh-Day Adventist Church
2511 W Genesee St Syracuse, NY 13219-1549
Ministerio Hispano "Casa de Dios UMC"
206 Center St, Syracuse, NY 13209
St. Marianne Cope Parish
1001 Woods Rd, Syracuse, NY 13209