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Northern suburbs offer plenty of swimming options

Want to find a place to swim? The northern suburbs offer plenty of options.

Want to find a place to swim? The northern suburbs offer plenty of options.

If you’re looking to beat the heat, you can lock yourself somewhere air-conditioned — or you can get outside and into the water.

The northern suburbs offer a number of swimming holes to help you beat the heat, from sandy beaches to public pools. Read on to find one in your area.

Town of Cicero:

Oneida Shores. This Onondaga County park, located at 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton, features a sandy waterfront with a guarded swimming area, as well as a section for inflatables, a bathhouse and a children’s playground. There are also six picnic shelters and a boat launch. Visitors can also rent a one- or two-person kayak for $10 an hour or a kids’ power paddler for $3 per half hour or $5 an hour.

The beach is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday and noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday until Aug. 17, as well as 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 23 and 24. Admission is $7 per vehicle ($35 per bus) or $2 per vehicle for seniors. Active military and veterans get in free.

The boat launch can be accessed for $10 per launch for personal crafts ($5 for seniors and during the off-season).

The park also offers a season pass, available at $50 per vehicle for county residents and $75 per vehicle for non-residents (seniors 62 and over pay $21 per vehicle). Season passes are also available for the boat launch at $100 per trailer. Season beach passes are also good at Jamesville Beach, and boat passes are also good at the marina at Onondaga Lake Park.

For more information, call 676-7366.

Joseph F. William Memorial Park and Beach. This town park, known more colloquially as Williams Beach, is located at 7033 Lakeshore Road, Cicero. It includes a gazebo, playground, pavilions and grills. Lifeguards are on duty to monitor swimmers in the shallow areas of Oneida Lake. There’s also a boat launch and fishing spot. For more information, call the parks and recreation department at 699-5233.

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