Professor Robin Hoffman and Maren King, CCDR, 2003
In the fall of 2003, the third year undergraduate studio participated in a semester long community design process for the Butternut Creek Recreation and Nature Trail Project in the Town of DeWitt. The students researched site conditions, investigated possible elements and characteristics of the trail, and created a series of design studies for review and discussion by the community.
The DeWitt Rotary, in collaboration with the Town of DeWitt, initiated the development of a nature trail and recreation system on a 20-acre wooded wetland site located adjacent to the Erie Canal trail park and the local Wegman's grocery store. To ensure that the trail system becomes a valuable resource for the widest range of users, SUNY-ESF students and faculty facilitated a series of meetings to receive input from Rotary Club members, town board members, and other local residents.
The first community session investigated existing conditions and explored the opportunities and concerns related to the site. Community members also expressed their desires and goals for the trail system. During the second meeting, students represented graphically the inventory and analysis of the site, along with summaries of the goals, objectives, and program description of the project. After discussion and comments by the community, students created their final design studies, which were presented and discussed at the final meeting.
The student work, information gathered, and evaluation comments by participants served as a foundation for more detailed designs and construction documents later prepared by a professional design firm.