on May 5, 2004
If you like hills, or want to do a hill workout, then Van Buren Park is the place to be. Five minutes off route 690, near Baldwinsville, this park is located in the middle of nowhere near some large homes. The most popular place at the park is the pool and picnic area. But, it also has a pond and huge hill.
For runners, you'll find that the park does not contain many trails. There is a small patch of woods south of the pond with a few trails. I've done loops around the trail and in the woods as a warm-up run. Other than that, there are some footpaths surrounding the hill that are used when ascending the hill, which is the main attraction. If you want to do some quick hill repeats, or extended runs up and down the hill, then the hill should be plenty. I've done 45-minute runs up and down the hill. Most angles up the hill are steep. So, your legs will get a good workout no matter how you approach the hill.
Parking at the park is free, although there is a fee to enter the pool area.
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