Fuertes Overlook Restoration Now Underway
The Friends of Stewart Park, with funding provided by the Triad Foundation and another generous donor, is coordinating the restoration of the Fuertes Overlook. In the 1920’s the Cayuga Bird Club designed and funded the creation of the Fuertes Bird Sanctuary, now more commonly known at the Swan Pond. In 1934, the Club funded the construction of this lovely stone overlook, shown at left. The overlook is solid structurally but in need of repair. The work includes a new metal rail on lower terrace and repainting the upper rail, repointing and repairing stone walls, resetting the bluestone pavers, adding a handrail between levels, and reconfiguring the stone walkway to make an accessible connection between the Waterfront Trail and the overlook.
The project was spearheading by FSP Board Chairperson Diana Riesman, shown at left with Joel Brains, Owner of Brainstone. Contractors doing the restoration work are Brainstone Masonry working on stone repairs and Accufab, fabricating and installing the metal railings. The City’s Parks and Forestry Division is assisting in site preparation and materials delivery.
We anticipate that the project will be completed before Thanksgiving.
Did you know that many terrific REVITALIZATION park projects have already been completed?!
– New roof for the Boathouse
– Reconfigured gardens at the park’s entrance
– Mayor Stewart Memorial Flagpole
– Interpretive signs for the park’s historic buildings and overlook, and the Renwick Wildwood overlook.
– Restoration of the Picnic Pavilion and Fuertes Overlook.
– Planning of a New Playground and Spray Play Area
– Paddling Improvements
– Performance Plaza between the pavilions
– Exhibits about silent film history and park history at the Wharton Studio Building.