Picture this -- It's a sunny summer day, the birds are chirping, and you're lounging on the shores of Onondaga Lake. Would you go for a swim?
"In this weather, no. I'd have to say no at this point," said one Liverpool resident.
"I don't think I would fish, but maybe a swim and a shower afterwards," added Central Square resident Dawn Bucci.
It's a much debated question, since the lake was once one of the most polluted in the country from untreated sewage and chemicals. After a billion dollar cleanup effort, officials announced the lake was clean enough to swim in in 2015. A study found the northern 2/3 of the Lake met water quality standards since 2010.
The county is looking into building a beach somewhere between the Seneca River Outlet and the Butterfly Garden -- and asking people what they think in a new survey.
"We're really getting the opportunity to engage the public about the progress that's been made," said Travis Glazier, the director of the Onondaga County Department of the Environment. "I'm more than happy to go swimming in Onondaga Lake because I'm very familiar with the information that supports that on a logical step."
Swimming from the shore has been banned for decades. But before the county builds a beach, they wants to make sure people will use it.
"My parents and lots of my friends parents, there used to be a beach on Onondaga Lake, so I think it would be awesome if we could revisit that," said Bucci. "Definitely, there used to be an amusement part -- like a ferris wheel and all kinds of stuff -- so I think it would be awesome."
There is a public meeting for the Onondaga Lake Beach Feasibility Study on January 29th from 5-7 p.m. on the at the Destiny USA Sky Deck (sixth floor.) There will be a presentation at 5:30 p.m.