Rowing Timeline to be added to the CWFT

The Cayuga Waterfront Trail Initiative, a program of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is now in the process of completing an interpretive panel on the history of competitive rowing in Ithaca.  It is one of Ithaca’s great and less-known sporting stories describing the history, successes, and characters involved in rowing at Cornell University, Ithaca College and the Cascadilla Boat Club.   We are planning to complete the final edits on the panel by mid-August for fabrication and installation by September 30 at the Schwartz Cup Regatta. 


Here is a link to view the final draft of the panel (  We will be making many suggested edits and incorporating high-resolution pictures where needed during the next three weeks. 

So far we have raised $6,000 and we are asking you to make a contribution to help us reach our $10,000 goal.  You can donate through the Crowdrise platform ( or make a contribution by check or credit card to the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 904 East Shore Drive, Ithaca, NY  14850. 

Thank you so much for supporting this effort and do feel free to call or email me directly if you have any questions about the project. 

 Rick Manning, Coordinator
Cayuga Waterfront Trail Initiative
Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Foundation 


 PS: In case you are wondering, here’s why the $10,000 goal?   The sign is 6’ long – it’s a big story and a long one with a nearly 150 year timeline.

The metal supporting stand, stainless steel oar sculpture and concrete footer cost $5,000.  The sign itself costs $1,500 to fabricate. Graphic design, research and writing, and project installation cost $3,500.   We believe the importance of the story warrants the expense and hope that you agree! 




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