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Neahwa and Catella Parks in Oneonta


Neahwa, which means “Gift”, is Oneonta’s largest City Park, and is within walking distance of downtown Oneonta. Neahwa has something for everyone!

Historic Damaschke Field, home to the New York Collegiate Baseball League’s Oneonta Outlaws is the centerpiece of Neahwa Park;  Baseball Field #6; is a fully functional baseball facility, which is in close proximity to Damaschke Field. This facility is one of our most requested Park spaces; ⦁ Ted Christman Field, Field #4, is the City’s premier lighted-softball facility;

⦁ The City’s Recreation Department administrative office is located in Brenner Recreation Center;

Laskaris Skatehouse, traditionally used as a staging area for ice skating activities is located on the banks of the charming and picturesque Hodges Pond. This facility is used for many small gatherings, has restrooms and can accommodate (60) occupants. This facility is available for rent by contacting the Recreation Department office at 607-432-0680;

⦁ The City offers ice skating on the portable ice rink conveniently placed on Neahwa’s tennis courts during the winter months;

⦁ In summertime, visitors and community members enjoy the sweet sound of music in the Park. The City’s Summer Concert Series is held every Thursday at 7:00PM at the mobile bandstand stage area of Neahwa. These concerts are offered weekly throughout the summer and are free of charge. An updated schedule is posted each May on the ⦁ site;

⦁ Neahwa Park has three pavilion areas. The large pavilion, with a capacity of 200 people, has electricity, water and restrooms. Neahwa’s two small pavilions are the Kiwanis Pavilion, and the pavilion affectionately referred to as the “Longhouse Pavilion”. Each small pavilion space can accommodate (30) people. ⦁ Pavilion rentals are done seasonally, (May 1-October 31), through the City Clerk’s office, (607)432-6450;

⦁ Neahwa Park also has many multi-purpose fields as well as tennis and basketball courts, a sand-volleyball court, a skateboard park, and a recently renovated Playground Area;

The Mill Race Trail, located near the entrance to Damaschke Park, offers a quaint, quarter-mile excursion for those interested in a short nature walk or beginner-mountain bike ride;

Veterans Memorial Walkway and the Caboose Memorial are in the heart of the Park. Those who enjoy learning more about the history of Oneonta will be interested in visiting both of these important memorials; Maps and directions to all City Parks are available at; Also available on this site is information on how to go about renting Park facilities, as well as rules for use of all City Park space;

  • Smoking is not allowed in Oneonta’s City Parks.  Adjacent to Neahwa Park is Catella Park, a small park retreat tucked between Lettis Highway and David Brenner Road.

⦁ Located at the northeast corner of Catella Park is the designated trailhead to the scenic Catella Park-New Island Trail system. This section of the greenway trail is ideal for mountain biking, hiking, running, walking and cross country skiing; ⦁ Catella also has several multi-purpose fields.


We strongly advise that you check business websites or call ahead for the most up-to-date information on possible limited hours and whether reservations are necessary or not. 

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  • Free Parking,
  • Playground,
  • Pavilion or Picnic Area,
  • Hiking/Biking Trails,
  • Family Fun
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