Salt Point Celebration

Walk in the Park episode 150 takes us to Salt Point Natural Area on the shore of Cayuga Lake in Lansing, NY, near the better known Myers Park on Myers Point. Salt Point forms the northern half of the delta created by Salmon Creek on the east shore of Cayuga Lake several miles north of Ithaca, NY in the Finger Lakes region, in Tompkins County. Once the site of an enormous salt works, exploiting Silurian salt deposits thousands of feet below the surface, Salt Point has been transformed into a beautiful public natural area park, after decades of neglect and misuse.
On October 16, 2017, the Friends of Salt Point dedicated a new, elaborate interpretive kiosk on the point, explaining the Salt Point’s history and nature. Throughout the celebration we learn a lot about Salt Point and what it took to transform it into a beautiful natural area park for everyone.

This episode of Walk in the Park will continue to be cablecast on Ithaca, NY channel 13 at the following times: 10:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6; and 8:00 PM, Tuesday, November 8 (take a refreshing break from the election drama!). And, you can watch it online anytime, anywhere right here!

As an extension of this episode, watch episode 119, “Salt Point,” produced a year ago. Lansing Town Historian Louise Bement gave a slide show on the history of Salt Point, particularly focusing on its many years as the site of International Salt Company’s works there.
Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series produced at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

Wild Cayuga Lake Shore

Walk in the Park episode 84

There is precious little wild, natural shoreline along most of the Finger Lakes, including the longest Finger Lake, Cayuga Lake. The Finger Lakes Land Trust has made a priority to protect remaining wild shorelines. In this episode (#84), we visit some wild shore on the west side of Cayuga Lake by boat (the MV Haendel of Ithaca Boat Tours) before it was protected, and now, on foot, when it is part of the VanRiper Conservation Area and Whitlock Nature Preserve. This episode finishes off with a Park Minute: Skylight on Buttermilk Creek.

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Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions, publisher of the national award-winning book about one of our oldest and most famous state parks: A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve

Image courtesy of Greensprings

Image courtesy of Greensprings

“Save land. Plant yourself!” Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve in Newfield, NY, near Ithaca in the Finger Lakes region has been one of the nation’s leaders in the “green burial” movement. By returning to traditional practices of simple, low-impact burials on their large site, they are protecting land from development, preserving wildlife habitat, saving natural resources, keeping pollutants out of our environment, and returning the burial of our loved ones to the very personal, loving passage it once was. In this episode of Walk in the Park, we take a tour of Greensprings with the founding president Mary Woodsen as she explains what they do to Candace Currie who was visiting from Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, and who is part of a group that is working to create a green cemetery in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

This episode of Walk in the Park (#83, recorded 8/6/14 at PEGASYS Studios) is viewable here, online below, and it is being cablecast on Ithaca, NY’s public access TV channels 13 and 97.3, beginning tonight, Thursday, August 7, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. Additional cablecasts will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and finally on Tuesday, August 12, at 8:00 p.m.

Watch it here, now!