Community

Community
8:42 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Downtown Living Tour Lets You Use Your Imagination

Downtown Living
Credit Mark Bialczak

  It's been a few years since my dear wife Karen and I joined the brigade of Lookie-Lou's partaking in the annual Downtown Living Tour.

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PARKS
12:19 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Loop the Lake Trail Adds 2.5 Mile Extension

A panoramic view of Onondaga Lake from the new portion of the West Shore Trail.
Hannah Warren WAER News

The next time you’re passing by the New York State Fairgrounds on I-690 and you have some time to kill, think about stopping by the new Onondaga Lake Trail Extension.  Officials unveiled the 2.5 mile addition Sunday with an expo and a walk/run.   

WAER's Hannah Warren reports Syracuse-area trail-goers have been looking forward to the new space for quite some time.

The crowd gathering beside the Fairgrounds on Sunday morning was ready to move.  Everyone lined up beside the new trail entrance, which showcases panoramic views of Onondaga Lake, and it was off to the races. 

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Community
10:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

A Visit to Onondaga Lake Park Can Open Your Eyes

Skateboard Park
Mark Bialczak

If you've lived in the Syracuse area since the 1980s, it may never have crossed your mind to pull into the park that borders Onondaga Lake over there on the Liverpool side. Too many memories of chemical dumps when the Allied factory used to churn out its product in the big plant on the shore, right?

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION
11:28 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Syracuse Land Bank Could be Key to Saving House Where "Oz" Creator Met His Future Wife

The house at 678 W. Onondaga St. was built in 1880.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

The abandoned, boarded-up Syracuse house where Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum first met his future wife might finally have a brighter future via the land bank.  Syracuse common councilors Monday approved the sale of the tax delinquent house at 678 W. Onondaga Street to the land bank, which then could choose to sell it to the Baum Foundation.  Executive Director Kathleen DiScenna says the couple met in 1881.   She says his late niece Cynthia told her,

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CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
11:47 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Rosamond Gifford Zoo Plans Ahead While Marking 100 Years

Director of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo Ted Fox and County Executive Joanie Mahoney announce a 20-year strategic master plan Tuesday.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse's Rosamond Gifford Zoo is mapping out its future while celebrating its 100th anniversary.  Officials Tuesday unveiled a 20-year strategic master plan that includes a combination of short and long term projects and a business plan.  

 County Executive Joanie Mahoney says the zoo has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a four acre plot with a few animals to 43 acres with more than 700. 

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