ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca’s Stewart Park will remain closed for the foreseeable future as clean-up efforts continue after a spate of thunderstorms over the last few weeks have caused considerable damage.

The park has been closed for over a week after storms brought down several trees and limbs throughout the park. At the time, Friends of Stewart Park spokesperson Janelle Alvstad-Mattson called the damage “devastating.”

Volunteer crews have been working since then to clean the park and remove the debris. However, more storms in the interim have apparently inflicted more damage that needs to be addressed before the park can be reopened.

“We are sorry to announce that additional thunderstorms during the week have caused further damage to Stewart Park,” the announcement said. “Large trees were downed in the playground and tennis court areas, with many more downed limbs and trees obstructing various areas throughout the park.”

The closure includes “the sprinklers, playground, carousel, Waterfront Trail, kayak rentals and rented kayak/canoe slips.”

Pavilion rentals, activities and programs previously scheduled through the Youth Bureau or the Cascadilla Boat Club will be honored but movement throughout the park should be limited for safety reasons, the city stated.

Matt Butler

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