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Emerson Park offers something for the whole family to enjoy. Picnicking, swimming, boating, sport fishing, playgrounds, disc golf, theatre, concerts and history are among the many attractions you will find at Emerson Park on the north shore of beautiful Owasco Lake.


Emerson Park Office and Information:

Emerson Park
6914 East Lake Road
Auburn, New York 13021
Phone (315) 253-5611
Fax: (315) 253-1599

E-mail parks@cayugacounty.us

Pavilion Rental:


Posted: Friday, March 21st, 2014 @ 4:43 pm by Nakeia Endres
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Emerson Park Pavilion Plans Unveiled

Emerson Park Pavilion Plans Unveiled

Emerson Park Pavilion Plans Unveiled

The architects working on the Emerson Park pavilion renovation unveiled a preliminary set of plans showing how the 96-year-old building can be brought back to year-round use.

The designers, from Crawford & Stearns in Syracuse and Beardsley Design Associates in Auburn, said they were careful to preserve as much of the building’s historic character as possible. “When we look at an old building, we don’t just throw it out,” architect Carl Stearns said. “We take it and see how we can keep it and make it work.”

The finely sketched renderings, created with input from the New York State Historic Preservation Office, showcased several changes to the pavilion:

  • A satellite kitchen on the east side
  • A new small dining room and outdoor deck facing the Owasco River on the west side
  • A skylight and removable glass walls for the breezeway
  • Heating and air-conditioning throughout both rooms and the breezeway
  • Pathways for drop-offs at the pavilion and the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse

The renovations are expected to cost up to $4 million, with the Emerson Foundation covering most of the cost. At a presentation to the county Legislature, foundation president Tony Franceschelli said the timing for the makeover is imminent. “As you know, the pavilion is really starting to show wear and tear,” he said. “It won’t be there in the future if we don’t do something about it.”

About 60 people attended the presentation. They raised questions about the building’s acoustics, drainage from the parking lot into the outlet, boat access and a possible concession stand.

Cayuga County Legislature Chairman Peter Tortorici’s daughter is having her wedding at the pavilion in May, before the renovations will be ready. Tortorici called the project “a really exciting concept and plan to make this a destination venue.” “People from other counties and states are going to come and see what Cayuga County has to offer,” he said.

The project planners said they hope to break ground by April 15 and open the new facility in June 2012.

Staff writer Justin Murphy, The Citizen

Posted: Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 @ 11:35 am by Curt
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24th Annual Central NY Tomatofest

September 12-13, 2009 

Emerson Park on Owasco Lake
Rt 38A
Auburn, NY

All day both days

Since its inception in 1986, TomatoFest has raised over $275,000 and collected thousands of canned goods to aid in feeding the hungry through donations to several food related agencies.
The first “festival”, only a few hours long on a Sunday afternoon, was created to bring the community together and provide a public venue for not-for-profit organizations. A few hundred people turned out, and when all was said and done a small profit was realized. From there the festival has grown to a two-day event, with over 13,000 in attendance over the weekend. People from all over Central New York come to enjoy the great food, music, crafts, and entertainment for the whole family.
The name TomatoFest was selected because the festival is held at the end of the tomato season, and the thought of canning or “putting up” the harvest reflected the support of local food agencies.
A volunteer Board of Directors provides their services throughout the year, striving to make each festival a memorable event for everyone who attends. This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever. The weekend event has expanded this year to include a dance on Friday night. The cooking contest is back again with great prizes, and a third stage has been added for music and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Check the website for food vendors and entertainment.


Posted: Thursday, August 27th, 2009 @ 5:54 pm by Lynn
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The Great Race XXXII
The 32nd annual Captain Myles Keogh Paddle, Wheel & Run 

Run, Bike, and Paddle
(Canoe or Kayak)
Team Relay Races

 On August 9, 2009 at 9:30 AM…
we renew Central New York’s tradition of fun, competition, and celebration:  Emerson Park
Auburn, NY

The Great Race in Auburn, New York, also known as the Captain Myles Keogh Paddle, Wheel, & Run, will mark its 32nd year in 2009. Five distinct Run, Bike, and Paddle (either canoe or kayak) Team Triathlon Relay races will begin at 9:30 A.M. on the second Sunday of August at Emerson Park, on Owasco Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region.
The feature event, also known as the Traditional Canoe Race, is a relay of 4 person teams. It begins with a 10k run on county roads and the streets of Auburn. After finishing, runners hand off to their cycling teammate who then completes a course of about 19 challenging miles on country (all paved) roads. The cyclist then hands off to one canoe teammate who runs to the beach at Auburn’s Emerson Park (about 400 yards) where his canoe and canoe partner await. The canoers then complete an out and back 4 mile sprint course on Owasco Lake to try to earn the coveted title of Great Race Champion.
 The Traditional Race is joined by the newer, popular Short Canoe Race, where 4 person teams compete similarly with a 5k run, 10 mile bike, and 2 mile canoe . We also include a Tandem race, for two person teams, on the Traditional Course only (Sorry, this is a team race. There is no solo division).

Also, there are kayak team races on both the Short and Traditional courses consisting of 3 person teams (runner, biker, 1 kayaker). Although all teams race together, the kayak and canoe teams are scored separately in their own divisions.
Each year the Great Race attracts participants of all ages and abilities, from elite athletes to people for whom the Great Race is the only event they do. We cater to every level of athlete.

 Following the race, the annual post race Capt. Myles Keogh Celebration is a much anticipated area summer event. (1) All racers and volunteers are treated to a complimentary lunch, wholesome refreshments and an entertaining live band all within the setting of beautiful Emerson Park. Along with the racers, many area spectators and “summer fun enthusiasts” are always on hand to join in the fun. Each year we strive to make race day a memorable, fun experience that will keep people coming back year after year.

Last Minute Registration

You can:
1. Enter Online until 5PM Friday the 7th.
2. Enter in person at the Great Race office (at the Auburn YMCA, 29 William St.), M-F 10 AM to 5PM, Sat 9AM to 1PM.
3. Enter race day morning at Emerson Park, 7AM to 9AM


Posted: Thursday, August 6th, 2009 @ 5:32 pm by Lynn
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Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert Presented by National Grid

Wed July 29th
7 pm

Emerson Park
6914 Owasco Road
Auburn, NY 13021

Hear the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in your neighborhood this summer! Summertime with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, presented by National Grid, will feature patriotic favorites…


Posted: Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 @ 8:09 pm by Lynn
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