Clinton Square, in downtown Syracuse, New York, was the original town center and first came into existence in the early 19th century where roadways from north and south convened. By 1825, the construction of the Erie Canal further transformed the busy intersection into the center of commerce and trade in Central New York.Make Clinton Square part of your personalized Syracuse itinerary using our Syracuse trip itinerary website .
The canal was filled in during 1925 and was converted to Erie Boulevard, a major thoroughfare that runs east to west through the city. Today the square is a popular location for outdoor events and festivals in the city and is located on Erie Boulevard West and North Salina Street in downtown Syracuse.
Clinton Square is the historic center of downtown Syracuse, New York and was named in honor of 19th century politician, DeWitt Clinton who served two terms as Governor of New York State. During his tenure, Clinton was instrumental in the construction of the Erie Canal which ran through the center of the square.
The small park is bounded by West Genesee Street on the north, East Water Street to the south, South Salina Street on the east and South Clinton Street on the west. Erie Boulevard East meets Erie Boulevard West at the square; however, in 2001 traffic was rerouted around the park for the ice rink and reflecting pool.
Early yearsThe small square played a factor and influenced the formation of the "modern city" and was home to the first daily newspaper, first railroad, first business, first post office, first road, first water communication, first electric light, first automobile, first telephone, first market and first hotel.
Clinton Square Reviews
Clean and Historical feel. Nice vibe and cosmopolitan sound. A band was playing. I didn't see a lot of parking however. more »
It's very nice and relaxing; they always have activities especially during the summer. There are festivals, jazz nights and the Xmas tree is lighted up as a tradition. more »
Worked a festival there this summer when they drained the fountain. very beautiful location with some incredible architecture around it. My advice for the city is that they build a smaller fountain in the middle so that when they drain the big fountain for festivals and events, there is still a little place for people to stay cool and dip their feet in, and a centerpiece to decorate with Christmas lights and skate around in the winter. Just a thought.
Cute little green space in downtown Syracuse. Turns into a nice ice rink in the winter and acts as a small park in the warmer, greener seasons. It's also nice to grab a cone of ice cream and enjoy the city views and skyline. It's also in a good central location to many eateries and stores!
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