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Dear Waterfront Trail Friends & Supporters,

 

As winter approaches, we continue to enjoy our second year of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail (CWT), Ithaca's 5.5 mile paved path connecting our community's favorite waterfront destinations.  Your support has helped create this valuable community asset, increasing lake access and opportunities for recreation and transportation. With the opening of the Black Diamond Trail and progress being made to establish further trails in the County, we celebrate this path toward a truly remarkable regional trail network.

 

The Chamber Foundation continues to lead efforts to maintain, enhance and promote the Waterfront Trail with a team of partners including the City of Ithaca, Tompkins County, Cornell University work-study interns, Adopt-A-Trail partners, and volunteers.  Some 2017 accomplishments included:

  • Installing four accessible benches in Stewart Park and along the trail south of the Farmers Market.  
  • Completing the design, fundraising and installation of the "Competitive Rowing in Ithaca" interpretive panel at the Crew Cove Overlook, depicting Ithaca's unique rowing history.
  • Maintaining the trail corridor and gardens through the donation of time and labor from a growing number of trail adopters.
  • Counting and surveying trail users, a task important to understanding the trail's function.

The transportation and recreation needs of the community and its visitors continue to inspire our vision for the trail's future. In 2018, CWT maintenance and enhancement priorities will include:

  • Installing at least five accessible benches with space for a wheelchair or stroller next to the benches.
  • Designing new wayfinding and safety signage to be located along the trail and adjacent roadways.
  • Constructing phase 2 of the Bordoni Fitness Trailhead in collaboration with Island Health & Fitness.
  • Working with the City to repair the Inlet edge erosion at the Inlet Overlook and install new bridge decking at Coach's Crossing in Cass Park.  
  • Working with City and County transportation officials and advocates to improve the connections among the Waterfront Trail, adjacent neighborhoods and districts, and other trail projects.  

You can help support a well-maintained and thriving Waterfront Trail through your annual gift to the Cayuga Waterfront Trail Initiative. Thank you for considering supporting the trail, and we wish you a safe and happy holiday season and New Year.

 

Click here to donate a stone or trail furnishing.

Click here to make an unrestricted donation.

Click here for a map of the trail.

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