Ithaca MLK Day, and Climbing El Capitan

The Rob Licht sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. current resides in DeWitt Park, in Ithaca, NY. It will be returned to the west end of the Ithaca Commons when the Commons reconstruction is complete, where the sculpture will serve as the focal point for Ithaca's MLK Freedom Walkway. Photo by Elizabeth Bauman

The Rob Licht sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. currently resides in DeWitt Park, in Ithaca, NY. It will be returned to the west end of the Ithaca Commons when the Commons reconstruction is complete, where the sculpture will serve as the focal point for Ithaca’s MLK Freedom Walkway. Photo by Elizabeth Bauman

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Ithaca, NY; Ithaca’s Martin Luther King Freedom Walkway; Climbers conquer El Capitan in Yosemite National Park; Thomas HIll, Yosemite landscape painter. All this and more in this episode (#96) of Walk in the Park. Showing on Ithaca, NY cable channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursday, January 22, at 9 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM both days; and finally on Tuesday, January 27, at 8 PM.

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Watch other episodes of Walk in the Park,  and our series Finger Lakes Park Minute.

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Finger Lakes Park Minute: Frigid Ithaca Falls!

Ice forms on Ithaca Falls during January.

Ice forms on Ithaca Falls during January.

January closes its icy fingers around Fall Creek at 150-feet-high Ithaca Falls, in Ithaca, NY at the south end of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region.

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January in Parks Across America

Snowshoe hare in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Photo from the National Park Service.

Snowshoe hare in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Photo from the National Park Service.

This time (episode 95), we’ll look at early winter in parks across the United States, from New England to Florida to the desert Southwest to Alaska, and of course, right here in Ithaca, NY. Snow-covered peaks, steaming lakes, wildlife, a dog sled,  mountain lions, and much more. The Adirondacks, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Catskill Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, Saguaro National Park near Tucson, AZ, the upper Mississippi River, and Denali National Park in Alaska, and many other places.

You can watch it beginning tonight (Thursday, 1/15/15) at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3. It will repeat on both Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM, and the final cablecast is scheduled for next Tuesday, January 20, at 8:00 PM.

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“We Are Seneca Lake!”

This week’s new episode (#94) of Walk in the Park on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable television (channels 13 & 97.3) looks at a protest to protect Seneca Lake and the region near Watkins Glen from a huge project being built by Crestwood Corp. from Texas to store liquified propane gas and methane (probably from hydrofracking) in salt mine caverns under and around the lake. Area residents have been opposing this project for years, but it moves ahead anyway.

In this show, protestors calling themselves, “We Are Seneca Lake,” gathered at the Crestwood plant entrance last October 24 and spoke out about the dangers to Seneca Lake and its value as a drinking water supply, damage to the tourism and wine industries, and grave threats to public health and safety posed by this project. Since the fall, We Are Seneca Lake participants have engaged in a non-violent civil disobedience campaign to block trucks from entering or leaving the plant and to make it very clear that they are determined to stop this project. For much more information about this issue, see Gas Free Seneca.

This episode will be shown on Ithaca cable TV at 9:00 tonight (Thursday, January 8, 2015), on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM each day, and finally next Tuesday, January 13, at 8 PM.

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Watch another episode of Walk in the Park about a rally and march addressing this issue in Watkins Glen in 2012.

See the full schedule of public access (“PEGASYS”) shows on Ithaca’s cable channels 13 and 97.3.

Park Minute Medley

Happy New Year to all!  Our new episode (93) of Walk in the Park begins today, at 9:00 p.m. on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3, and of course, here online, below. I have taken a number of Park Minute episodes and strung them together, beginning in the fall of 2013 and all through 2014. It makes for a beautiful show, with several videos of our very frozen gorges and waterfalls last winter, to a tour of Ithaca’s views, to Yosemite Falls in California, the tallest waterfall in North America. You can watch the whole show or you can see individual Park Minutes on this website or on our Youtube playlist.

This episode will repeat on Ithaca cable TV on Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and finally next Tuesday, January 6, at 8:00 p.m. See the full schedule of programs on Ithaca’s public access TV.

 

Stewart Park Revitalization, Part 3

In this episode (92) of Walk in the Park, we continue the presentation by the Friends of Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY. Will there be a bandshell along the shore of Cayuga Lake? And a “world-class” Inclusive Playground and Sprayplay Area are in the works that will accommodate people of all abilities and ages. And find out about what the Cascadilla Boat Club, the Friends of Stewart Park, and the City of Ithaca are doing to rehabilitate the historic Cascadilla Boathouse to make it serve the community better. And we begin the discussion of managing Canada geese in the park in the segment, “Bird Friendly Park Initiative,” which we will complete in a future episode.

Sketch of the future playground at Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY, along the shore of Cayuga Lake.

Sketch of the future playground at Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY, along the shore of Cayuga Lake.

Walk in the Park shows tonight (12/4/12) at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY cable channels 13 and 97.3. Repeat showings will occur on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and finally on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. And, of course, you can watch it right here, below, anytime!

Check out the full schedule of upcoming cablecasts on PEGASYS , Ithaca’s public access television station.

Stewart Park Revitalization, Part 2

This week’s Walk in the Park episode 91 continues the presentation, by the Friends of Stewart Park on November 18 at Cinemapolis in Ithaca, about the revitalization of Stewart Park in Ithaca on the south shore of Cayuga Lake. Cablecasts are scheduled for Thanksgiving evening at 9:00, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and finally on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 8:00 p.m., all on Ithaca public access cable channels 13 and 97.3. And you can watch it online anytime, anywhere, below on this page.

Tea Pavilion, Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY

In 2013, Ithaca Festival goers enjoy music at the renovated Tea Pavilion, more commonly known as the Small Pavilion, at Stewart Park along the south shore of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY>

Last week, in part 1, Rick Manning, executive director of Friends of Stewart Park, explained the history of Stewart Park, while Diana Riesman, executive director of the Wharton Studio Musuem project, told of us the silent movie production studio at Renwyck Park (soon to become Stewart Park) at the park a century ago.

This week, Rick brings Stewart Park up to the present, tells us of the many things that have been done to improve the park in recent years, and explains exciting plans for the immediate and longer term future. Diana reveals the plans for the Wharton Studio Museum and what has been accomplished to date.

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Stewart Park Revitalization, Part 1

Episode 90 of Walk in the Park is showing now on Ithaca’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3, and online here (see below). Remaining cablecasts are today at 10:30 a.m. and on Tuesday, November 24, at 8:00 p.m.

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The Friends of Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY gave a presentation on November 18, 2014 at the Cinemapolis theatre in downtown Ithaca about exciting changes happening at this popular park at the south end of Cayuga Lake in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region. In episode 90 of Walk in the Park, we look at the history of the park when it was called Renwyck Park a century ago, including the Wharton Studios, a well-known center of the silent film industry at the time, located at Stewart Park in Ithaca.

You can watch this episode online right here anytime!

Part 2 is scheduled to come out next week which will continue the history of the park up until the present, and will reveal wonderful park improvements plans underway now and in the future. This event was sponsored as well by a number of other partners, including the City of Ithaca, the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, the Wharton Studio Museum group, and the revived Cascadilla Boat Club. Produced at PEGASYS public access studios in Ithaca, NY 11/20/14. Produced by Owl Gorge Productions.

Emilie Jonas Falls Nature Trail

In Lansing, NY, just a few miles north of Ithaca, is a gorge and a waterfall that few but the neighbors are aware of: Shurger Glen and Emilie Jonas Falls. Over the millennia, Gulf Creek has eroded Shurger Glen on its way to the Cayuga Lake eastern shore at Portland Point, the location of a former cement plant that crushed the Tully limestone to make cement. Portland Point is just south of the Cayuga Salt Mine, which is just south of Myers Point.

Waterfall in Lansing, NY east of Cayuga Lake

Emilie Jonas Falls in Lansing is now open to the public via a steep path.

Few venture into Shurger Glen as it is privately owned. And Emilie Jonas Falls, at the head of the glen, is also on private land. But now the public can walk down into the glen via a steep path and see this charming waterfall. The Lansing Pathways Committee and the Town of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department have secured landowner permissions and created this half-mile trail. If we keep to the trail and don’t trespass on adjacent lands, hopefully this precious access will endure!

In this episode of Walk in the Park (#89), we explore this trail and the beautiful waterfall, and tell you how to find them. Near the end of the show, we visit Robert H. Treman State Park and its recent Heritage Day, sponsored by the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park, including looking at the latest archeological dig!

The first cablecast will be on Ithaca, NY’s public access channels 13 and 97.3 this Thursday (10/23/14) at 9:00 p.m. Additional cablecasts will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and finally next Tuesday (10/28/14) at 8:00 p.m.

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Cascadilla Gorge Trail Re-opens!

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick looks on as former Mayor Carolyn Peterson celebrates the long-awaited re-opening of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail between downtown and Collegetown.

Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick looks on as former Mayor Carolyn Peterson celebrates the long-awaited re-opening of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail between downtown and Collegetown.

Walk in the Park episode 88. The Cascadilla Gorge Trail has connected downtown Ithaca, NY with the Cornell University campus via a charming trail by waterfalls, cliffs, and forest along Cascadilla Creek since the early 1930s. For the past six years, the trail has been undergoing repairs from storm damage and years of deterioration. Cornell Plantations, Cornell University, FEMA, the City of Ithaca, and New York State gathered resources, staff, and funding to repair the trail and open it again, officially on Sept. 15, 2014. This show covers the trail re-opening event, with comments from Cornell officials, former Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson, and current Mayor Svante Myrick. There is plenty of footage of the trail route spread throughout the show.

Watch it online here anytime or on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channels 13 and 97.3, beginning tonight (10/16/14) at 9:00, on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., or finally next Tuesday (10/21) at 8:00 p.m.