Riverwalk Natural Area - Central New York Land Trust

Town of Clay, NY

The Central New York Land Trust (formerly Save the County Land Trust), submitted a request through the CCDR for assistance in performing inventory, analysis and programming for a piece of property that was being offered as a donation by a local developer. Located along the Seneca River in the Town of Clay, and within a rapidly developing part of the region, the site is primarily DEC and Army Corp. designated wetlands but has the potential to serve valuable natural systems and passive recreational needs.

Topic Areas: Parks and Recreation planning and design; open space planning
Project Scale: Site Master Plan
Accomplished by: 3rd year undergraduate landscape design studio (LSA326);

Faculty: Robin Hoffman, Dan Reeder, Kathy Stribley, Thaisa Way

CCDR: Maren King
Partners: Central New York Land Trust, the Town of Clay, the Bragman Companies

  • View from site to the Seneca River

  • View from site to the Seneca River

  • View from site to the Seneca River

  • View from site to the Seneca River

  • View from site to the Seneca River

  • View from site to the Seneca River

  • View from site to the Seneca River

Questions explored:

How can a design study help in land trust property acquisition decision-making?

How can one site be used for multiple teaching and learning opportunities?

Project Description:

The students in the studio facilitated a meeting with representatives from Save the County, the Town planning, recreation and highway departments, and the developer, to get a better understanding of stakeholders’ values, desires and needs, and their perspectives on the site and its management. They also walked the site with stakeholder representatives, and visited the site several times for more in-depth understanding of wetlands and plant materials through their coursework in Woody Plants with Visiting Instructor Don Ferlow. The students created a series of posters documenting their comprehensive inventory of natural and cultural conditions, and each student prepared an illustrative analysis and conceptual design strategy that was presented at a review with Save the County and the developer representatives.

The Save the County Summary Document includes a more detailed description of the process, findings and guiding principles, inventory posters and selected student projects. In early 2009 the land trust announced that it would accept the land donation and prepared an exhibit of the student work to illustrate possible approaches to provide public access to the property.

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