Survey: 32,000 people would use a beach at Onondaga Lake

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — 32,000 people would use a beach on Onondaga Lake, according to a survey to help Onondaga County decide if it’s worth the investment.

The online survey, open to anyone, was conducted in January.

Onondaga County’s Environment Director, Travis Glazier, shared some preliminary results Tuesday.

Two in three people do not feel the lake is safe enough for swimming. While the county will better focus on communicating with taxpayers what leaders feel as a clean lake, the leaders are pleased with the 1/3 of respondents who already think so.

County leaders say, without hesitation, that the lake water meets swim standards set by New York State.

The survey also looked at how many of Onondaga Lake Park’s annual visitors also use beaches: nearly 32,000.

The survey is one early step in the process to build a beach. The full results will be released at a public meeting in June.

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