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2017 BEAR Walk in Collegetown & Belle Sherman neighborhoods

14 August 2017

Following on previous successes, Cornell University, the City of Ithaca, and the City and Local Affairs Committee of the Student Assembly will host the BEAR Walk: Community Fair on August 30th. The Purpose of the event is to help build a robust Collegetown community of students, full-time residents, the City of Ithaca, and Cornell University.

Bear Walk

Event:Collegetown BEAR Walk
Date:  Thursday, 17 August 2017

The fourth annual BEAR (Being Engaged and Responsible) Walk through the Collegetown and Belle Sherman neighborhoods will be held the evening of August 17th, from 5:30-7:30pm.

This highly spirited, good-neighbor event brings together students, neighbors, city officials, Cornell staff, and local business who share the goal of promoting a greater sense of community and connection throughout the vibrant Collegetown and Belle Sherman area.

For the first time, the Walk will begin with a community dinner gathering, for which pre-registration is needed. Dinner will be at St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall at 109 Oak Avenue, right behind Collegetown Bagels.

After dinner, teams of students, staff, and neighbors will walk through the surrounding East Hill neighborhoods, distributing door tags with important safety information, tips on successful tenant-landlord and tenant-neighborhood relationships, and Party Safe / Party Smart information.

“Collegetown is a unique and special place, and bringing its residents together helps to strengthen the integrity of the neighborhood as a whole and improve the quality of life for everyone,” says Julie Paige, Director of Off-Campus and Cooperative Living in Cornell’s office of Campus and Community Engagement. “We’ve been encouraged by the turnout over the first few years, and hope to continue building a strong tradition of community collaboration.”

For more information on the 2017 Bear Walk please email

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