Our gardens and grounds crews are in the midst of an ambitious schedule of improvements to the Chautauqua Institution grounds as we ready for the upcoming season. A number of significant projects are underway, including several that tie into or fall under our long-term Stormwater Management and Sustainable Shoreline action plans. Here are current or upcoming initiatives and updates on where they stand:

Weather permitting, National Grid crews will begin work Wednesday near the Main Gate to remove a number of large trees that are entangled in high-voltage transmission lines. These trees are located within the Discovery Garden area, along the brick wall separating the Chautauqua grounds from Route 394. Chautauqua Gardens and Landscapes staff will oversee the cleanup of the area, and plans are in progress to reshape that portion of the Discovery Garden.

The Institution will be completing a masonry repair project at the Colonnade starting around Wednesday, April 9, and finishing by the middle of the following week — approximately one week of work, depending upon the weather. The work will be confined to the Bestor Plaza (front) side of the Colonnade and the Pratt Avenue side. Please try not to park along Pratt Avenue (the contractor plans on putting up “no parking” signs along Pratt adjacent to the Colonnade on the day before they plan to start). The parking along Bestor Plaza should be unaffected, but two spaces will be taken up by equipment for that week. Thank you for your patience.

This week Chautauqua's Grounds, Gardens and Landscaping Department will begin re-laying the brick walk between Thunder Bridge and the corner of Wythe and Park. The walk will be removed and re-laid in sections, and pedestrians are advised that they will need to avoid the portions undergoing work.

Notice to Property Owners:

The Chautauqua Utility District is experiencing frozen water lines in some areas of the water system due to the extremely cold winter here at CHQ. This may affect your property if you have a hot water boiler heat system that is on (i.e. your house is currently being heated by hot water). If you do, please contact your plumber or caretaker to check the boiler.