To achieve the community’s vision of creating a waterfront destination for recreation, tourism, and cultural attractions, strong pedestrian connections between downtown and the waterfront must be developed. Shoreline infrastructure improvements are also necessary to restore the natural land and water interface and mitigate shoreline erosion.
The Access Improvements are being developed in six phases. The overall project extends from the Ramada Inn and Long Point Pier northerly past Castle Creek, to the boat launch and east to the border with Seneca Lake State Park.
Phase I – 3 created a waterfront destination accommodating large numbers of people and provide strong pedestrian connections between downtown and the lake.
Fisher Associates employed the best practices from the disciplines of ecology, hydrology, landscape architecture, and marine engineering incorporating and the latest in green infrastructure while creating a beautiful and accessible waterfront for local and regional use.
Specific design elements of Phases I – 3 project included:
- Shoreline stabilization and erosion control
- A multi-use path with pedestrian amenities (e.g. site furniture, landscape plantings, and lighting) with connections to the new welcome center
- Boat launch jetty and south pier improvements
- Access improvements including a public deck and terraced seating