|Ithaca College is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year during the weekend of November 3-5. The weekend will also include the inauguration of IC’s new president, Shirley Collado, alumni class reunions and host the annual family weekend crowd. It will be a busy and celebratory time for college and we hope to the Ithaca community.
To kick off the weekend, IC is planning a Welcome Back Party to happen all over Downtown Ithaca on Friday, November 3rd.
The Ithaca Marriott will be a check-in and base camp for the alum weekend kick-off and we are expecting approximately
Downtown Ithaca Alliance is teaming up with IC to help the college bring their activities downtown. We will be collecting a guide of things to do while they are downtown to celebrate.
We are looking for downtown businesses who are interested in helping IC welcome their guests and there are a number of ways you can get involved.
There are a number of opportunities and ways to get involved including:
We will be coordinating with Ithaca College to help promote the weekend. Please take a minute to fill out the sign-up form. A promotion will be rolling, but the earlier you sign-up then more your business will be featured in marketing efforts.
General participation registration deadline:
If you are a restaurant/bar looking to host a reunion gathering, please contact by August 1st :
Outreach program geared toward helping the community’s less fortunate
ITHACA JUNE 27, 2017 — Assisting the homeless and those who are in need is the daily struggle of many cities; however, Downtown Ithaca has developed a compassionate plan called Pay It Forward to help these individuals.
Pay It Forward is a community outreach campaign that allows the public to make a donation that will assist those in need with purchasing a meal or sundries from participating businesses. The public may also donate by making a contribution in one of three red donation boxes. Three boxes are on the Commons. One is Aurora St., the second near Home Dairy Alley and the third in Bank Alley. All of the money collected from the donation boxes will be used to buy food and basic necessity items for Ithaca’s homeless and people in need.
The program is managed by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA), a not-for-profit community development organization charged with creating and sustaining a vibrant and healthy city center. The DIA, City of Ithaca, Community Outreach Worker Tammy Baker, Center Cafe owner Terry Little, and Ithacash were instrumental in helping this program come to fuition.
DIA Executive Gary Ferguson notes, Pay It Forward brings together interested merchants, the donating public, nonprofit providers, and the Community Outreach Worker Program. The DIA is working with the Community Outreach Worker Program operated by the local nonprofit Family and Children’s Services to educate those in need about the initiative.
“Despite our inventory of nonprofits and support programs, we have not always been able to meet the basic needs of people on the street. Pay It Forward is a creative and engaging way to involve the community in addressing one of our most fundamental and basic issues — providing for people in need. It does not duplicate existing programs or services; it complements current services provided by nonprofits,” Ferguson said.
The DIA encourages the public to consider supporting the Pay It Forward Program by placing a contribution in the donation boxes or paying directly to the participating businesses. The DIA is also working to enroll more businesses in the program.
Currently, Center Cafe inside of Center Ithaca on The Commons, Green Street Pharmacy, and Casablanca Pizzeria are participating in the program. You may have noticed near Center Cafe’s food service window a white board covered with sticky notes dollar amounts on them; that’s Pay It Forward!
How it works is giving citizens may pre-pay for a meal, or donate to the participating business without making a purchase, or they may place a donation in the Pay It Forward boxes. Any amount of money donated to this cause is greatly appreciated.
Again, the program guarantees 100 percent of the money donated will provide the area’s homeless and people in need with meals and sundries such as batteries, toiletries, or a bus pass.
“What I like about the program is that it can show people that even the smallest gesture such as purchasing an extra cup of coffee for someone in need can go a long way. I am also hoping to show other businesses that it doesn’t take a lot of work or even too much planning to help those in need. If you set up a way for people to help others they will,” said The Center Cafe Owner Terry Little.
Green Street Pharmacy owner Nicole Pagano adds, “Pay it forward is a wonderful way for people to give to those in need with the security that the money is going to good use. I have seen many people benefit from this program in many ways: including a bagel or hot bowl of soup when they are hungry, first aid items when they are hurt, and a bus pass when they need a ride home. This is a way for people to ask for and receive help with dignity and respect. No other person in the store knows that the person in line in front of them is a recipient of this program. I went into the pharmacy business to help people, and the Pay it Forward program is just another way to help others in our community.”
A person in need may participate in this program simply by going to one of the participating downtown businesses and pulling from a bulletin a note tag that is redeemable for food and other necessities.
“Pay It Forward is an exciting, novel effort to help those most in need in a way that preserves their dignity. If you are hungry, there will be food. If you need personal items, or batteries, or any other items, you will have immediate access without scrutiny. We want to help all of our citizens, especially those most vulnerable,” said City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick. “Pay It Forward brings together the city, the DIA, caring businesses, nonprofits and community members who agonize over how to give to the people on the street. Now with the Pay It Forward Program, they know their dollars go for the basic needs that people truly must have, but sometimes forego to satisfy an addiction.”
For the creation of this outstanding community outreach program, The City of Ithaca was the recent recipient of a CommunityWins Outstanding Achievement Grant awarded by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo. Ithaca was one of six cities to win the grant; 245 cities applied.
The grant funds will be used to augment the program by providing a pool of funds for replenishing Pay It Forward meals and items at the participating businesses and by paying for program marketing materials aimed at Downtown workers and visitors.
The DIA thanks the City of Ithaca and Downtown Ithaca businesses for participating in and supporting the Pay It Forward Program. For more information about the Pay It Forward Program, contact the DIA at (607) 277-8679 or email email@example.com.
ITHACA, N.Y. JUNE 15, 2017 — The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) enthusiastically announces its new activities for its latest installment of Day Out In Downtown.
This fun-filled, midday event featuring activities geared towards the community’s older population is set for Tuesday, June 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various downtown locations. This month, a fourth activity is added to the list!
The day’s activities will begin at Dewitt Park (near the Baptist Church corner) where guests will receive an informative talk about transportation services from Ithaca Carshare and bike safety tips from the Bike Tompkins County program. A demonstration of these two services will be part of this activity, too!
Following this informative activity, at 11 a.m., attendees will take a short walk to Bank Alley on The Commons where Downtown Ithaca Alliance Executive Director Gary Ferguson will talk about the new water fountain. The beautifully designed granite fountain was completed in the late Spring and resembles a gorge. It serves as an art piece and functioning water element on the pedestrian mall.
Following this presentation, guests can make the trek back to Dewitt Park to unwind and socialize while they satisfy their taste buds with a special lunch at noon at Farmers Market. Guests will be able to choose from a full spread — hot prepared foods, recently picked vegetables and fruits and freshly made baked goods. The price for this activity ranges from $8 to $12.
After lunch, at 1 p.m., participants may then walk the short distance to Handwork Ithaca’s Artisan Cooperative for a hands-on experience with artist Caroline Spellman. She will introduce attendees to paper quilling and then let guests try their hand at this historic art form.
“In addition to our monthly Gallery Night demonstrations, we are happy to offer a hands-on activity for Day Out in Downtown Ithaca on June 20. We really enjoy meeting people in the community and being creative with them. They often get to take home a little gift or something they’ve made with their own hands, all while learning something new and fun,” said Handwork Marketing Coordinator Jill Hoffman.
Those who are interested in Day Out in Downtown are welcome to attend one, two, three or all four of these fantastic activities. Parking will be available at the city’s three garages — Seneca, Green and Cayuga Street.
For more information about this special day and/or to learn about parking options for the activity, please call the Downtown Ithaca Alliance at (607) 277-8679.
Additional information, including a complete listing of Day Out monthly dates, are available at http://www.downtownithaca.com.
ITHACA, NY — Starting Thursday, March 2, valet parking is coming to Downtown Ithaca.
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) announced that the city will be testing a pilot valet parking program during the month of March.
The pilot program will operate on Downtown’s busiest days — Thursday through Sunday between the hours of noon and 10:00 p.m. The valet parking program is made possible through the assistance of two major Downtown hotels — the Ithaca Marriott and the Hilton Garden Inn. Both hotels operate valet parking services for their own patrons but have agreed to work with the DIA on a community valet parking program for anyone using Downtown.
The price for this special service is $3.00 per hour. Each hotel has its own all day or overnight rate.
Using the valet parking program is easy. Simply drive up to the curb at the entrance of either the Ithaca Marriott on Aurora Street or the Hilton Garden Inn on Seneca Street. Valet staff from the hotel will ask if you are a hotel or community guest and take your car from that point. When you return, simply come to the same drop off place with your valet stub and staff will retrieve your vehicle.
DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson noted that “there has been a request for valet parking service here in Downtown for some time. We are grateful to the Ithaca Marriott and the Hilton Garden Inn for making this program possible.” Ferguson also reiterated that “some people will want to use valet parking while others will prefer to self-park. But now we have a choice for folks.”
The pilot program will last the entire month of March and continuation will be evaluated at that time.
Have questions? Contact the Downtown Ithaca Alliance at (607) 277-8679 or visit http://www.downtownithaca.com.
Green Street & Seneca Street garages now offer designated parking for patrons
Locating customer parking in downtown garages has now become a little easier for folks who want to spend a couple of hours shopping or dining downtown, thanks to a new parking feature introduced by the city earlier this month.
The City of Ithaca recently introduced the Shopper Zone, short-term parking spaces designated just for consumers, They are now available in the Green Street and Seneca Street parking garages. Consumers will be able to use a spot in these garage’s Shopper Zone for a maximum of three (3) hours per day.
Green Street Garage, located at 120-126 E. Green St., is a prime location for shoppers who want to visit The Ithaca Commons, downtown’s four-block pedestrian mall of unique shops and boutiques, and the Dewitt Mall, a series of unique specialty shops, cafes and galleries, located at 215 N. Cayuga St.
Seneca Street Garage, 215 N. Tioga St., is also participating in the Shopper Zone program and will have the zone available between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, parking is exclusive to hotel guests.
The Cayuga Street Garage, 235 S. Cayuga St., already reserves its entire second floor for short duration shoppers and diners.
“We asked the City to be certain there could always be spaces available for consumers – the very important people who come downtown for shopping, dining, services, and entertainment,” said Downtown Ithaca Alliance Executive Director Gary Ferguson. “The Shopper Zones is an effort to do just that – reserve spaces in all downtown garages for short-duration parking. Our thanks goes out to Frank Nagy and the City for making this happen.”
Metered on-street parking is also available throughout the downtown area.
The DIA also reminds shoppers and diners that on-street parking downtown is free after 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and free all day on Saturday and Sunday.
Parking in the garages is free on Saturdays and Sundays except when special event parking rates apply. Parking is also free during the week from 8:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., Monday through Friday.
For additional downtown parking information, visit the new parking web site at https://parkithaca.com, or call the City of Ithaca Parking Division at (607) 274-6532.