– This blog is a record of the plans and development of a public park on 140 acres of historically and ecologically significant open space land along the Seneca River/Barge Canal in Montezuma, NY. Along with plans for the park, local history and events are shared as it relates to our Erie Canal heritage. – We invite you to come and explore the Cayuga County canals, historical societies and villages of Montezuma, Port Byron and Weedsport. On these pages, visitors will find information to help plan their explorations; and educators will find information for the teaching of this history. Riley, Canal Historian and Mentz Town Historian gives updates about walking and driving tours covering canal sites in Cayuga County, NY, including highlights of Canal Splash held the second weekend in August of each year. – Erie Canalway Heritage Partners include selected canal-related museums and cultural heritage sites throughout the National Heritage Corridor. Each of these partners shares a different aspect of the canal’s role in shaping New York and the nation. Some have important works of engineering, others have works of art or artifacts, and some highlight the value of the canal today. – Located near the center of New York’s Finger Lakes, Cayuga County’s towns and villages are a great place to base your getaway! Planning a trip to Cayuga County has never been easier. The Cayuga County Tourism Visitors site has an on-line visitor information guide. It  is a comprehensive resource with details on all the great things to see and do in Cayuga County. – Parks and Trails, New York is helping our community along with many others along the Erie Canal to plan and develop segments of the 524-mile Erie Canalway Trail. Also, Through the Healthy Trails, Healthy People Program, PTNY is assisting Montezuma with creation and promotion of a network of trails linking the hamlet with the Seneca River and several historical Erie Canal sites within the Montezuma Heritage Park.