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Public suggestions for Emerson Park’s future include splash pad, beer tasting

Food vendors, a splash pad and ice skating were just a few suggestions raised at one of two meetings seeking public input on possible future programming for Emerson Park last week.

Staff from Bierderman Redevelopment Ventures hosted guided discussions Thursday at the Emerson Park Pavilion asking members of the public to suggest or weigh in on possible programming and other amenities for the park.

"We find the best way to make sure a park is programmed is to go into the community that uses the park," Biederman Program Manager Jessica Sechrist said.

The development of expanded programming is a part of the Emerson Park Master Plan, an outline for redeveloping the park approved by the Cayuga County Legislature in 2015. In December, the county approved hiring the New York City-based consultant thanks to $212,000 from the Emerson Foundation.



At the evening session, crowd members floated enhanced camping areas, ice skating, sports equipment rentals, a year-round restaurant and more as possible programming options.

Lisa Sloan, who came to the session with her mother and daughter, said, despite the park's location on Owasco Lake, it lacked a viable beach area.

"We live two minutes away but we would drive 45 minutes away to a different beach," Sloan said.

Recurring programs like yoga or fitness classes, adult kickball leagues, and theme nights were also proposed.

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