Fence and trees have been removed and replaced with the next step to shape the future of the landscape

The City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs (Syracuse Parks & Rec) will host a virtual public information session for neighbors to offer input on the Habitat and Greenway Enhancement Project, coordinated in partnership with Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC).

On Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m., City Arborist Steve Harris and OEC representatives will share feedback gathered from the Mar. 18 public information session; an on-site public forum on April 20; and door to door outreach in the neighborhood. 

The feedback will be used to inform the next round of design concepts for the slopes inside the fence and the flat areas outside the fence.  Residents interested in joining the meeting can register online for the 6:30 p.m. session to receive an email with information about how to participate.

Funded through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program (NRDAR), this project will establish an ecologically diverse plant community along the 1.3-mile stretch of the new Creekwalk from the Kirk Park footbridge to Temple Avenue. It will beautify the corridor and improve recreational opportunities while ensuring public safety for users.

Over the next four years, OEC will take the lead on this transformation including the planting and maintenance of over 3,000 trees and shrubs. NRDAR funding is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation aimed at supporting conservation projects that address the historic negative impacts to Onondaga Lake and its tributaries.

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