Community and Cornell officials will gather for second annual BEAR Walk street fair in Collegetown

September 1, 2015 by Rachel Cera

Tuesday evening is the second annual BEAR Walk in Collegetown, a street fair and door-to-door walk that aims to bring together students and full-time residents of this Ithaca neighborhood that's adjacent to the Cornell University campus.

The street fair in the 400 block of College Avenue from 6:30 to 8:30pm will be kicked off with remarks from Cornell University's new president, Elizabeth Garrett, as well as City of Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick and Cornell student assembly president Juliana Batista. Health and safety info, and tips on being a good neighbor and community member, will be offered at resource tables, along with community information about nutrition resources, housing, and food security.

Mayor Myrick and former Cornell president Skorton visit Collegetown residents during last year's BEAR Walk. Photo provided.Mayor Myrick and former Cornell president Skorton visit Collegetown residents during last year's BEAR Walk. Photo provided.After the opening remarks, groups of students, neighbors, and Cornell and Ithaca officials will visit Collegetown residents door to door to discuss the initiative and distribute info and resources.

"Collegetown is a unique and special place," says Julie Paige, Cornell's director of off campus and cooperative living, "and bringing its residents together helps strengthens the integrity of the neighborhood as a whole and improve the quality of life for everyone."

The event will offer free ice cream, a cappella and other musical performances, and prizes including tickets to Cornell athletic events.

"We were encouraged by last year's turnout, and hope to continue building a strong tradition of community collaboration," Paige says.

Cornell University officials say the 400 block of College Avenue will be closed from 4:30 to 9:30pm for the street fair portion of the event, which will be from 6:30-8:30. TCAT routes serving Collegetown will be detoured, with bus stops relocated to the intersections of Campus Road and College Avenue on the north side, and Mitchell Street and College Avenue on the south side.

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