The long-delayed construction at the Finger Lakes Resort on Canandaigua Lake is finally picking up again. The developers’ original financing collapsed several years ago, and construction stopped. But recently, the developers obtained new financing.
Workers are running wires and temporary lights for the next work crews to construct the walls. All signs point to the completion of the steel skeleton that locals had labeled at the “Bird Cage Hotel.”
The developers donated the public docks to the City many years ago, and completion of the structure will improve what for too long was an eyesore on Canandaigua Lake.
The Canandaigua Lady won’t look so lonely in front of Lakeshore Park once the Resort is completed:
Over the past few weeks, workers poured concrete on the second and third floors and have begun erecting metal stud walls throughout the structure. It’s good to see this project headed to completion.
By next year, the Canandaigua Inn will be completed as well, adding much more hotel space to this beautiful resort community.
Lakefront Park is the eastern-most park on Canandaigua Lake’s north shore. Visitors might assume that Lakefront Park is part of Kershaw Park but it’s actually a separate park
Lakefront Park has a public dock donated to the City of Canandaigua. To the east of the public dock you’ll find the Canandaigua Lady, an authentic paddle wheeler.
Here’s how Lakefront Park looks today:
For several decades, Roseland Park amusement rides operated on the north shore of Canandaigua Lake. Here’s one that I used to ride over the lake:
Visit the park and see if you find those two red bases today. I miss the double row of huge willow trees that used to line the path. Those trees are visible on the left side of the photo.
When Roseland closed, developers purchased the land to build a hotel complex. That complex, called Finger Lakes Resort, is now under construction, and will consist of a hotel, restaurant, condominiums and conference center. Here’s how it looked in April, 2019:
The City of Canandaigua bought two surplus parcels from the developer resulting in the creation of Lakefront Park and Lagoon Park.