Carrier Park Story
The vision has become reality.
Willis Carrier Park… we’re building community.
Willis Carrier Park represents one of the most significant economic development projects ever created and facilitated by the Town of DeWitt. Named for Willis Carrier, the founder of Carrier Corporation, this comprehensive recreation facility and park is located next to the Carrier campus on Thompson Road in DeWitt.* The park comprises 22+acres of land generously donated to the town by Carrier Corporation. The facility was created and designed for the use and enjoyment of DeWitt residents, as well as residents and visitors from all across Onondaga County and the Central New York region.
Phase 2 of the project was completed in the fall of 2020 with the installation of two turf infields and the construction of three all-inclusive basketball courts and an all-inclusive children's playground. The basketball courts, partially funded by the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, are lighted and feature fully adjustable backboards and rims so children and adults in wheelchairs can also play; the only one of its kind in the CNY region, is specially designed for children of all ages and abilities, including those with special needs. The turf infields for youth baseball and fastpitch softball, offer greater playability; that means more games, practices , and tournament bookings; that translates to tangible economic development opportunities.
Based on data from Visit Syracuse, Carrier Park will generate an incremental annual hotel revenue of $945,000 - and a total business benefit of $5,000,000 - from just 14 multi-day weekend events! Plus, an associated $66,150 in Room Occupancy Tax and $200,000 in sales tax revenues. These sports tourism dollars support not only DeWitt, but the whole of Onondaga County!
When completed, Carrier Park will include up to 9 championship tournament quality fields, including 2 dynamically designed super turf fields which can be utilized for baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, football, and other special events. Basketball courts, an all-inclusive special needs playground, and a walking trail are also included as a part of the completed plan.
We’re building community with Syracuse Challenger Baseball.
While creating economic strength, stability, and security for town of DeWitt residents has been the driving force for the development of Carrier Park, what also lay at the heart of the project is the Syracuse Challenger Baseball program.
Through a relationship dating back to childhood between Town of DeWitt Supervisor Ed Michalenko and Challenger Executive Director Dom Cambareri, the dream of a permanent home for Challenger baseball was born.
The “Field of Dreams” at Carrier Park fulfills that dream to provide the Challenger program a home. Carrier Park is one of the first facilities in the country to build a fully handicap accessible, fully integrated sports complex available to all children and adults, including those with special needs; it is truly a special place where children and adults of all abilities can play.
We’re building economic strength and stability, too.
In order to complete this project…we need you! We need the contributions of individuals and families, businesses and corporations, and local, state, and federal government to continue to develop the project so that it serves the Town of DeWitt and the greater CNY community for many years to come. For more information about Carrier Park email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (315) 446-3910 x 5 or download the Carrier Park Marketing Package PDF.
Help us build community now!
ALSO… you, your family, or business/corporation can sponsor the purchase of many different items at Carrier Park including a scoreboard, turf field, bleachers, a bench and more. Download the Carrier Park Marketing Package PDF for more information.