Cayuga Lake Waterfront PlanUpdate August 2005
Local Waterfront Revitalization Program: Cayuga Lake Waterfront Plan
was written primarily in2002. Since that time, many of the recommendations of the
have already been initiated.The purpose of this foreword is to acknowledge the efforts made by individuals, businesses, andmunicipalities in implementing the plan and to bring the reader up to date on just a few of theseaccomplishments.Progress in implementing the
can be seen in large and small ways around the waterfront.Some of the progress in implementing the plan can be seen in:
the successful establishment of The Boatyard Grill a new restaurant at the northern tip of InletIsland;
the development of the Ithaca Town Park at East Shore, including a pavilion and a popular fishing access;
continued improvements at Ithaca Farmers Market, including expanded hours of operation duringthe week; and
the adoption of revised land development regulations for property along the waterfront in theTowns of Lansing and Ithaca.
One of the five key issues identified in the
was the need to “control noise from boats andenhance boater safety by strengthening and enforcing boating regulations.” The communities borderingthe waterfront have done just that. They have all adopted regulations that govern the speed and hours of operation of watercraft on Cayuga Lake. Through the coordinated efforts of the towns and the city, noiseconcerns have been addressed.
Cayuga Waterfront Trail
The Cayuga Waterfront Trail was one of the more sweeping recommendations of the
Designed to expand the public’s access to the urban waterfront, the Cayuga Waterfront Trail will establisha physical connection among a variety of waterfront destinations and activities and will provide animportant new recreation resource in the City of Ithaca. Substantial progress on developing the Trail hasalready been made.Phase I of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail has been open for over a year and is a very popular recreationresource in Cass Park. Phase II of the Waterfront Trail is nearing construction, and Phase III planning iswell underway. More exciting, though, has been the range of support for this project. The TompkinsCounty Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead in moving this project forward, securing grant fundingfrom The Park Foundation to coordinate the planning and construction of the trail. Grants from state andfederal agencies have helped to fund construction of the Trail. However, the community, local residentsand businesses, have provided a significant amount of funding for trail development.
Watershed Management Efforts
Phosphorus Reduction Project. The
repeatedly talks about the central importance of thequality of water in Cayuga Lake to the success of waterfront development efforts. One of the threats to
This update was not adopted as a part of the Cayuga Lake Waterfront Plan.