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Improvements to Riverfront Park underway

— The town of Cicero has been very busy making improvements to Riverfront Park, located on the Oneida River in the hamlet of Brewerton. The park’s transformation is due in part to the persistence of a dedicated community organization named the Brewerton Revitalization Committee, spearheaded by Helen Carroll, and a grant extended to the town of Cicero through the Onondaga County Community Development program for Phase I at the project site. The town partnered with the Brewerton Revitalization Committee, which donated more than $10,000, along with the $102,400 from the county grant to make the improvements to the park. The project was also supported by town forces from both the Cicero Highway Department and Parks and Recreation Department.

The project required the town and its engineering firm, Saratoga Associates, to utilize environmentally-friendly recyclable materials along with energy-efficient technology for the improvements. The funding allowed the town to install 400 linear feet of a meandering walking path made of rubber and stone, handicapped-accessible picnic tables and electric service to power the LED lighting, which will be installed by mid-December along the 600-foot pier. Benches have also been purchased, which will be part of Phase II of the project in 2014.

All of these amenities have enhanced the park and our community for not only the boating public, but our own residents who want to get a glimpse of one of the town’s most important features — the water.

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