Stewart Park Then & Now - Guided Walking Tour of Stewart Park and Wharton Studio History
Jun
24
11:00 AM11:00

Stewart Park Then & Now - Guided Walking Tour of Stewart Park and Wharton Studio History

From its earliest use by the Cayuga Nation, the beautiful lakeside site that is now Stewart Park has a fascinating history. Originally known as Renwick Park, its main pavilions date back to the late 1890's. Soon thereafter, the park became a private amusement park featuring dance and picnic pavilions, a bandstand, and a beautiful water tower. In the 1910's a booming movie studio produced scores of silent films there. Explore the buildings and sites that capture the history of the park—and hear plans for its ongoing revitalization—on a guided walking tour led by Friends of Stewart Park’s Executive Director Rick Manning and Board Chair Diana Riesman, who is also Executive Director of the Wharton Studio Museum.

Meet at the Picnic (Large) Pavilion. Tickets $10; students/seniors $5; children under 12 free.

Proceeds benefit the work of Friends of Stewart Park. 

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Carousel Ribbon Cutting
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Carousel Ribbon Cutting

FREE RIDES 11:00 am to 12 noon

Join Us to Celebrate the Opening of the Accessible Carousel Chariot & Ramp!

We are pleased to complete the Carousel Restoration project by celebrating the opening of a newly constructed and painted accessible Carousel Chariot along with an access ramp. Beginning in 2016, the Carousel and its horses have been re-painted by local artists Christi Sobel and Julia John, and a new black steel fence has been installed.

Special thanks to Christi Sobel for painting the Chariot, Tim Merrick for chariot construction and design assistance, Play by Design for leading volunteer build of the accessible ramp, Danielle Fuld for her generous financial support and City of Ithaca staff members Rob Lilly and Jeanne Grace.  

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Paddling for the Playground @ The Finger Lakes International Dragon Boat Festival
Jul
14
11:00 AM11:00

Paddling for the Playground @ The Finger Lakes International Dragon Boat Festival

The Friends of Stewart Park is entering a 10-person team in the novice category to raise awareness of our Stewart Park Inclusive Playground community build in Stewart Park on September 11-16, 2018.  

We need you!  Contact Lucas to join our Paddle for the Playground team or for more information: lucas@friendsofstewartpark.org

More information on the Festival.

More information on the Stewart Park playground campaign.

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Bike Tour with Cayuga Waterfront Trail and Friends of Stewart Park
Jun
22
4:00 PM16:00

Bike Tour with Cayuga Waterfront Trail and Friends of Stewart Park

Join us for a guided tour of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. We will begin at the Jean McPheeters Trailhead and visit all of the five trailheads, also including Stewart Park Trailhead, Farmers Market, Inlet Island, and Cass Park. In addition we will stop at the Rowing Panel and the Gateway to the Erie Canal Panel on Inlet Island and follow the Walk Through History guide for the Cass Park Trail.  This will be a 10-mile and very flat ride at a relaxed pace. Bring your bike or grab a Limebike and see you on the trail.

Meet at Jean McPheeters Trailhead (East Shore Visitor Center, 904 East Shore Dr., Ithaca, NY). Tickets $10; students/seniors/Friends of Historic Ithaca/Friends of the History Center $7; under 12 free.

Proceeds benefit the work of Friends of Stewart Park.

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Stewart Park Green Team
Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

Stewart Park Green Team

Join the Friends of Stewart Park and volunteers from the Community Beautification Program for a couple hours weeding and mulching the perennial beds along the west, lake-facing parking lot in Stewart Park. Bring your favorite tools and gloves if you have them, otherwise we can provide them for you. 

 

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Another Playground Build Conversation
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

Another Playground Build Conversation

  • The Arch Room at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca (map)
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You can be part of the volunteer Playground Build Committee! Join FSP Saturday, April 14 from 9-10:30am at in the Arch Room at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca for a conversation about the Stewart Park Inclusive Playground and the community build happening this September. From volunteer recruitment to carpentry, their is a role for you on this team!

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Waterfront Cleanup at Stewart Park
Apr
11
4:00 PM16:00

Waterfront Cleanup at Stewart Park

You can help prepare our beautiful public lakefront park for a long season of picnics, recreation, concerts, and relaxation through this afternoon of spring cleaning. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot between the two main pavilions to help collect litter and do some light gardening. Bring a trash bag and gardening gloves, and together we'll practice good stewardship of our city park!

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Mar
21
5:30 PM17:30

The New Stewart Park Playground: a presentation and conversation

FSP will be hosting a public presentation and conversation on Wednesday, March 21st, at the Cherry ArtSpace on Cherry Street in the city's West End, across from Ports of New York. Please join Friends of Stewart Park at 5:30 pm to learn more about playground plans and how you can help build the playground, as well as exciting news about other Stewart Park revitalization projects.

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Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Inside Central Park Conservancy: Revitalizing the World's Most Renowned Urban Park

Two Central Park Conservancy Landscape Architects and graduates of Cornell's Landscape Architecture Program present an overview of Central Park history and Central Park Conservancy’s completed and current work as park stewards. Ticket sales from this presentation will benefit the revitalization of our own beautiful Stewart Park!

Presenters

Christopher J. Nolan, FASLA, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Landscape Architect | Central Park Conservancy

Bob Rumsey, RLA, Studio Director for Planning, Design & Construction | Central Park Conservancy

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