Completed Projects

The City of Ithaca, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce’s Cayuga Waterfront Trail Initiative,  completed the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, a 5.5 mile, multi-use trail linking Stewart Park to the Visitor Center, Farmers Market, West End and Cass Park.

Future plans to enhance the Waterfront Trail in Stewart Park include extending the trail along the south edge of the park to create a loop linking the main park entry to the Flagpole Garden, the proposed new playground, the Lagoon, and the pedestrian entry of the park at the pedestrian bridges and boardwalk at the park’s southwest corner.

 

Mayor Stewart Memorial Flagpole Garden Restoration    

The Memorial Flagpole Garden was dedicated in 1927 in honor and recognition of Mayor Edwin Stewart’s efforts to create Ithaca’s first public lakefront park. In 2012, it was restored with new plantings designed and installed by members of the Ithaca Garden Club working with the Friends of Stewart Park. As the lakefront pavilions are renovated, the historic pathways will be recreated to connect the garden to the pavilions.


Landscaping at Entrance

 Visitors to Stewart Park arriving through the main entrance are now greeted by a new planting installation. The Ithaca Garden Club, Friends of Stewart Park and the City Park & Forestry Division collaborated on this garden. Plants were selected by Ithaca Garden Club members to complement the recently-installed Memorial Flagpole Garden and feature a combination of small shrubs, ornamental grasses, perennials, and spring-flowering bulbs.

Visitors to Stewart Park arriving through the main entrance are now greeted by a new planting installation. The Ithaca Garden Club, Friends of Stewart Park and the City Park & Forestry Division collaborated on this garden. Plants were selected by Ithaca Garden Club members to complement the recently-installed Memorial Flagpole Garden and feature a combination of small shrubs, ornamental grasses, perennials, and spring-flowering bulbs.

 

Carousel Restoration

Tea Pavilion Reconstruction

 Built circa 1895 to welcome visitors to the park, the Tea Pavilion is an elegantly designed small structure used for picnics and performances throughout the summer months. With encouragement from Friends of Stewart Park, the Tea Pavilion was rebuilt by the City’s Department of Public Works in 2013 with attention to the structure’s original design, and reopened in 2014.   See a detailed description in PDF format  here .

Built circa 1895 to welcome visitors to the park, the Tea Pavilion is an elegantly designed small structure used for picnics and performances throughout the summer months. With encouragement from Friends of Stewart Park, the Tea Pavilion was rebuilt by the City’s Department of Public Works in 2013 with attention to the structure’s original design, and reopened in 2014. 
See a detailed description in PDF format here.

  Carousel 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 help preserve and protect the structure.   See a detailed description in PDF format  here .

Carousel 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 help preserve and protect the structure. 
See a detailed description in PDF format here.

 

Fuertes Overlook Restoration and Renwick Wildwood Interpretive Panel & Ecological Restoration


Park Building Interpretive Signs

  Renwick Wildwood Interpretive Panel & Ecological Restoration   In 1914, the Cayuga Bird Club’s (CBC) created an interpretive panel which tells the story of how the woodland is important for bird life. It illustrates many of the interesting and important birds that reside in or pass through the woods. Many thanks to the Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board, Cayuga Bird Club, and the Cayuga Waterfront Trail Initiative for supporting this project.   See a detailed description in PDF format  here .

Renwick Wildwood Interpretive Panel & Ecological Restoration

In 1914, the Cayuga Bird Club’s (CBC) created an interpretive panel which tells the story of how the woodland is important for bird life. It illustrates many of the interesting and important birds that reside in or pass through the woods. Many thanks to the Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board, Cayuga Bird Club, and the Cayuga Waterfront Trail Initiative for supporting this project.

See a detailed description in PDF format here.