Landscaping can do much more than maintain appearances. Landscape Horticulture students have proposed a design for some local shore land that would improve its ecology, expand recreational use and even boost security.
Second-year students in the fall Landscape Design Class were approached by residents of the Joliet Park area, along Nicolet Drive on the east side of Green Bay. The neighborhood association contacted NWTC after hearing about a restoration project they produced for Sunset Park in Allouez.
The students' design for Joliet Park calls for removal of invasive species, creation of a nearly mile-long walking track, construction of a handicapped accessible overlook and kayak launch and more--all packed into about a half mile of shoreline.
"It was a neat experience just meeting with them," said Constance Cotter, one of the second-year students involved in the project. Working with real customers and meeting their need for professional-level work is part of what distinguishes service-learning from other volunteer work, which may not require advanced skills.
Aaron Pumphrey added said the hilly ground made the project more complex. "One of our biggest challenges was probably coming up with how to run the path. We didn't want older people to have to walk on a steep grade."
"The neighborhood was very happy with the design the class came up with and is having the class show it to the mayor and others," noted instructor Tony Sticha. "The reviews have been fantastic. It was quite a nice job."
Student Dalton Skovera said that what he liked best about the project was "turning an area they couldn't use into something you can. If everything goes through, I'll absolutely visit."
Constance agreed. "I've never done anything like this. It's awesome to do a real park and present to the city."