Geneva Lakefront project moves to Phase II & III

The next two phases for the Access Improvement project along the shoreline of Seneca Lake will commence next week, and pedestrians and cyclists should take note of the detours that will be put into place.In order to assist pedestrians, there will be construction signs to help guide visitors through the detours, as the Lakeshore Path along the lake between the tunnel and Castle Creek will be closed for the duration of the project. The trail along 5&20 will be accessible for pedestrians and cyclists from the tunnel to east of the Visitor Center.Individuals who are seeking parking will need to utilize the parking lot near the tunnel off Elizabeth Blackwell, or the northeast visitor parking lot by the boat ramp. The boat launch will remain open during the construction, but the docks and Long Pier by the Ramada will be closed until the completion of the project.Phase II and III Improvements include shoreline improvements from Castle Creek to Long Pier; a new pedestrian bridge over Castle Creek; new plaza areas near Long Pier and at the end of E. Castle (including a boardwalk) and near Long Pier; paths for walking and running; a seat wall; new planting areas; new ADA accessible picnic area with pavilion; and removal of invasive phragmites and creation of marsh area. The project is Phase II and III of VI of the Waterfront Infrastructure Feasibility Study completed in 2010 by Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. (PB) and its project partners Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects, LLP (TWMLA). The design team for these phases are the same as Phase I: Fisher Associates with project partners FES Associates, and Bayer Landscape Architecture. Phase II and III of IV is a $3.2 million project with $1.6 million funded by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund and $1.6 million funded through a City public bond. The entire project engages the full extents of public access along the waterfront, with a focus on a connection to downtown, water access, user experience, shorelines aesthetics, material longevity, and maintenance. The project will enhance community character, protect environmental resources, maximize public access and recreational opportunities to the shoreline and protect and improve the visual quality of the waterfront. It is an important component in improving the waterfront and improving the economy of the City of Geneva and the Finger Lakes Region.

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