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Emerson Park Programming Initiative

What is it?

The Emerson Park Programming Initiative is the next step in implementing the Emerson Park Master Plan adopted by the Cayuga County Legislature in 2015. A major goal of the Emerson Park Master Plan is “delivering cost-effective year-round park and recreation facilities and programs at Emerson Park that are: attractive, well-maintained, accessible, protective of natural resources, respectful of the park’s cultural history, and that continue to provide memorable experiences for visitors of all ages from both inside and outside of Cayuga County for many years to come.”

March 2019 Community Engagement

On March 14, 2019, BRV led two community engagement sessions at Emerson Park to help determine park programming strategies. Approximately 60 people attended and participated in generating programming ideas. Overall, the public submitted numerous ideas, the most popular of which were: 

  • Food trucks 
  • Outdoor bar/beer, wine, and spirit tasting events 
  • Outdoor movies 
  • Boat tours & boat access from the lake 
  • More pavilion access 
  • Beach 
  • Destination playground 
  • Water slide 
  • Splash pad 
  • Concert and cultural events.

BRV used this information to develop a programming report that reflects and builds on the broad community interest in Emerson Park.

Public Presentation on Findings and Recommendations:

On December 4th, 2019 the Emerson Park Programming Initiative will welcome the public to present the findings and recommendations of the report. The session will begin at 2:30 pm at the Emerson Park Pavilion. A short presentation will be given followed by an opportunity for public comment.

To view the report, click here.

We always welcome feedback from the community. To make additional comments or suggestions, please contact Cayuga County Planning at

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