Roscoe Conkling Park Utica NY

Roscoe Conkling Park – Roscoe Conkling Park was the first park developed by the Proctor family. Within its borders are several Utica attractions, including the Parkway Recreation Center, Val Bialis Ski and Sled Center, the Eagle Monument and Picnic Area, Utica Zoo, Valley View Golf Course (designed by Robert Trent Jones), and the South Woods/Switchback multi-use trails.

The Park also contains several different buildings that serve visitors:

  • The Picnic Pavilion is located near the entrance to the South Woods Switchbacks.
  • Val Bialis Ski Chalet is located on the corner of the Memorial Parkway and Oneida St. in South Utica.
  • Parkway Rec Center is adjacent to the Ski Chalet on the corner of the Memorial Parkway & Oneida St.
  • The entrance to the Utica Zoo is on the Memorial Parkway, east of the Recreation Center.
  • Valley View Golf Course & Club House are located near the corner of the Parkway & Valley View Rd.

The South Woods and Switchback area of the park still retain areas of vegetation much like what early settlers to the region would have seen – ironwood, basswood, viburnum, and other early trees & shrubs.

Attractions within Roscoe Conkling Park

Val Bialas Ski Center
Since 1954, Val Bialas Recreation Center has offered winter fun to local residents. The ski center is located in Roscoe Conkling Park on Memorial Parkway. The center was named after local 3 time Olympian ice skater Valentine Bialas. This hill is a true asset to the community.

The facility is open on Saturday’s and Sunday’s in the winter months when there is adequate snowfall. Val Bialas offers a rope tow, chairlift, night skiing, ice rink and chalet complete with snack bar. There are 5 trails at different degrees of difficulty as well as a separate sledding hill. In addition to downhill skiing, the winter sports complex offers over 7 miles of groomed cross country trails.

John Mott Tennis Courts
Tennis enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the john Mott Tennis Courts in Roscoe Conkling Park on the Memorial Parkway. Offering 18 courts, one will never have to worry about reserving a spot! Looking to teach your children the fundamentals of the game? The city Youth Bureau offers summer lessons on site. The Mott Tennis Courts have ample parking from the Oneida Street side or the Memorial Parkway.

Parkway Recreation Center
The Edward A. Hanna Recreation center is a multi-purpose recreational facility managed by the City of Utica Youth Bureau. This building contains 2 modified basketball courts, weight training station, exercise equipment, walking track, tennis courts, computer room, conference area, and also contains the Utica Sport Hall of Fame.

To help provide additional services, the Utica Boys & Girls Club and the Parkway Senior Center are housed in the center as well. The Parkway Recreation Center is located at 220 Memorial Parkway in Roscoe Conkling Park.  For more information, please call 315-223-4320.

Utica Zoo
The Utica Zoo is located on the grounds of Utica’s Roscoe Conkling Park. The Zoo features a collection of over 200 animals on 40 acres. It’s newest and most popular addition is the lion exhibit. Throughout the year, Utica Zoo is host to many social events/fundraisers for the entire family and include: Eggstravaganza, Wine in the Wilderness, Brewfest and Spooktacular.

South Woods Trails
This area is located on the southslope of the Mohawk Valley and is almost completely forested. A wide trail meanders through the forest all the way to the top of the slope and provides for an excellent natural experience. The trail is used by runners, walkers, cross country skiers and snowshoers. With many species of birds and routine deer sightings, this is a great place for a family walk!

General Park Regulations

All city parks open at 9:00am and close at dusk
No drugs or alcoholic beverages allowed in parks
All animals must be leashed at all times
No overnight parking in parking lots
No loitering after dusk
No littering