Bicycle Tours of Sampson State Park: Mobile Device Guides and Maps
Bike rentals are one of the many amenities available at Sampson State Park in Romulus, NY.  To enhance the visitor experience, the Finger Lakes Community Design Center partnered with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to develop three new multi-use trails.  A student team designed new opportunities for riders to learn about Seneca Lake, the flora and fauna of the region, and the area’s rich military history by listening to short, educational audio recordings.

Assisted by Josh Teeter, naturalist and environmental educator for the Finger Lakes region, the team surveyed the miles of roadway through the park and assessed which roads were safe and convenient for bicyclists.   They designed routes with GIS data, and created maps of each route to incorporate signs and accurate information for visitors.  After conducting extensive background research, the students wrote and recorded 30 audio scripts as location-specific interpretive communications. 

The project provided brochures, new park signs, and dial-in audio elements for mobile devices. Today, the brochures are available to riders and the signs are on display in the Park Office.

Geneva Parks Master Plan
After several weeks of researching sustainable park features and innovative installations, the project team developed a series of recommendations for the City of Geneva Parks Master Plan. Community input provided further insight about design elements most preferred by respective neighborhood residents.   Recognizing budget parameters, the project team subsequently developed three different proposals to accommodate different funding levels for use by the Department of Parks & Recreation in the future.

From Brownfield to Park: Redevelopment in Geneva’s East Lakeview Neighborhood
As part of the Environmental Studies 351 course at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, fourteen students worked on a collaborative project to assess and revitalize a former brownfield site in the East Lakeview neighborhood. The unoccupied brownfield property is on East North Street with vacant buildings and a creek running through the property.

The students engaged neighbors and a wider group of community members from the East Lakeview neighborhood throughout the semester.  In smaller teams, they focused on different aspects of the site design and trying to understand the neighborhood context.  After phases of site analysis, listening sessions, and preliminary design ideas, the students produced detailed design proposals to convert the brownfield property into an active park and recreation center with many sustainable features for consideration by the the East Lakeview Neighborhood Association.

From Brownfield to Park: A Proposal for the former Filling Station Site in East Lakeview (PDF)



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Lisa Cleckner
FLI Director
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
300 Pultney Street
Geneva, NY   14456
(315) 781-4381




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