Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick will kick off the summer with a cannonball off the diving board at Robert H. Treman State Park.

At noon on Saturday — the first day of summer — he is jumping in to raise money to fight hunger in the community.

“It’s going to be cold, but if I can celebrate summer in Ithaca and support the United Way in one jump, I’m in,” Myrick said in a press release. “This city is truly a great place to be and it’s an honor to support the community and have fun at the same time.”

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The goal is to reach $2,500, though so far only $725 has been donated to the cause, according to Carmilla Lorusso at the Tompkins County United Way.

All funds will go to the United Way of Tompkins County’s Hunger and Food Security Campaign. The United Way will still be collecting donations during the event.

Experts said the dive could be expected to look something like this:

The rest of the press release from the Ithaca/Tompkins Visitors Bureau is as follows:

Ithaca Mayor, Svante Myrick, plans to kick off the summer and support the United Way with one big cannonball. …

Robert H. Treman State Park was named in theTop 10 Swimming Holes in 2012 by Yahoo Travel and is also listed on as one of the most beautiful natural swimming holes in the US, which makes the location a perfect backdrop for a summer solstice splash.

This date also marks the United Way’s Day of Action, an annual day of volunteerism that will put helping hands in the park to prepare for another busy season. Getting ready for summer has been a full-time job for State Park employees, as Tompkins County tourism heats up across the local waterfalls.

“It truly feels like summer when the swimming season kicks off at the State Parks,” said Fred Bonn, Regional Director, Finger Lakes State Parks. “The parks provide a draw for locals and visitors alike, and volunteers like those from the United Way are essential in helping us run efficiently all season.”

The community fundraising goal for the mayor’s charity jump is $2,500, all of which will go toward the United Way of Tompkins County’s Hunger and Food Security Campaign. Following the jump, the falls will be open for public swimming and hiking.

For information contact Cassandra Jenis at the Ithaca/Tompkins Visitors Bureau at 607-272-131 or email

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.