The History Center, Historic Ithaca, Friends of Stewart Park, Cayuga Waterfront Trail, Bike Walk Tompkins, and Wharton Studio Museum partner for walking and biking tours in June, 2018. There will be Cayuga Waterfront Trail & Friends of Stewart Park Bike Tour on Friday, June 22, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM and Stewart Park Then & Now Walking Tour on Sunday, June 24, 2018, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
We will begin Cayuga Waterfront Trail Bike Tour 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 Lime Bike and see you on the trail. 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. Register: https://tinyurl.com/yb3ybsp4
The Cayuga Then & Now Walking Tour will start at Picnic (Large) Pavilion at Stewart Park. From its earliest use by the Cayuga Nation, this 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 1890s. Soon thereafter, the park became a private amusement park featuring dance and picnic pavilions, a bandstand, and a beautiful water tower. In the 1910s 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. Tickets $10; students/seniors $7; under 12 free. Proceeds benefit the work of Friends of Stewart Park. Register: https://tinyurl.com/y8uoaf4o