Projects Underway

Cascadilla Boathouse Restoration
Fuertes Overlook Restoration
Park Paddling Improvements
Picnic Pavilion Restoration

PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS

Cascadilla Boathouse Restoration

Built in 1894, the Cascadilla Boathouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The City of Ithaca, Cascadilla Boat Club and Friends of Stewart Park are working together to paint the building’s shingle-style exterior to help preserve and protect the structure. The City replaced the building’s roof in 2015. An interpretive panel recounting the building’s history was installed on its exterior in 2013.
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Fuertes Overlook Restoration

Fuertes OL betterFuertes OL betterFuertes OL betterThe Cayuga Bird Club funded the construction of the Fuertes Bird Sanctuary (commonly referred to as the Swan Pond) in 1927 and then, in 1934, added the stone overlook that is being restored during the summer and fall of 2016. Restoration work includes applying new mortar for the wall joints and replacing broken capstones, resetting and leveling the bluestone pavement, installing a new step and handrail between levels, new guard railing, and resetting the bluestone walk from the new Waterfront Trail to the Overlook. This work is being funded by the Schaeffer Foundation and the Triad Foundation.
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Park Paddling Improvements

IMG_6131Stewart Park was identified as one of Ithaca’s canoe and kayak launch sites in the recently completed Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail Master Plan. Many improvements are underway to improve paddling from the Park. This year, the City installed lockable storage racks for canoes, kayaks and racing shells that are available for $100 – 130 per space and has contracted with Paddle ‘n More to provide rentals of kayaks and paddleboards and classes. During the winter of 2016 and 2017, Blueway Trail Launch Improvements will be implemented at the Cascadilla Boathouse and at the east end of the park.
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Picnic Pavilion RestorationW25-7_200dpi

The Picnic Pavilion (often called the Large Pavilion) is the public face of Stewart Park for many Ithacans and visitors to the park. Most every summer evening it is rented for parties and special events. The pavilion has been the home of the Stewart Park Day Camp, which has served thousands of children from Ithaca and Tompkins County over the past thirty years. Age and heavy use have taken a toll on this beautiful shingle-style building and major renovations are now underway. Volunteers have painted the building’s exterior and city crews have repaired columns. The city of Ithaca rebuilt the bathrooms with support from the Town of Ithaca and the Topmkins County Tourism Program. On the spring of 2016, 3 north-facing semi-circular door and window units were restored. Funds are now being raised by the Friends of Stewart Park to complete building restoration.
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