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Public gets the chance to respond to Onondaga Lakefront revitalization plans

City of Syracuse Local Waterfront Revitalization Project

The city of Syracuse, Onondaga County and New York State are looking for ideas from the public to revitalize the Onondaga Lakefront. They’ll hold an open house next week where members of the community can come to share thoughts on some of the proposals that have been made to improve the Lakefront and Inner Harbor areas.

Proposals are so far geared towards supporting natural resource protection, enhancing waterfront access for pedestrians, improving inter-connectivity, and economic revitalization.

“Today, the Inner Harbor and Lakefront area remains one of the last underdeveloped areas in the city, and it is time to turn this underutilized space into a vibrant destination for residents and businesses alike,” Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said.

The revitalization project encompasses land along Onondaga Lake, Onondaga Creek and the Inner Harbor generally between I-690 and I-81. Key landmarks and destinations include NBT Stadium, Destiny USA, CNY Regional Market, Onondaga Creekwalk, Empire State Trail and Loop the Lake Trail, and St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater.

The open house is May 4th form 4 to 6 p.m. at the Freighthouse in the Inner Harbor. The project team will also be hosting a virtual public workshopand releasing an online survey for the community to provide their input.