Stand Up for Stewart Park!
Join our summer campaign to raise $2021.00 to support our ongoing park REVITALIZATION efforts.
2021 will be the 100th anniversary of Stewart Park, Ithaca’s first waterfront public park, opened on July 4, 1921.
In Mayor Stewart’s Inaugural Speech in 1920, he stood up and challenged Ithaca to create a lakefront public park. Under his leadership, the City acted quickly to provide public access to the lake. By 1921, the land was purchased and made ready for public enjoyment. Unfortunately, Mayor Stewart died before the official park opening on July 4, 1921. In his will, he left $150,000 (approximately $1 million today) to the city for the improvement and maintenance of the park. It was renamed Stewart Park in his honor in 1927. Now let us stand in support of Stewart Park!
Today, the Friends of Stewart Park is thrilled to be partnering with the City of Ithaca, the Wharton Studio Museum and many others to revitalize Stewart Park for the park’s July 4, 2021 Centennial Celebration.
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.