The Heritage Design Committee has been very busy the last few months meeting several times with
edr Companies, the Landscape Architectural firm hired by the Town through funding from an Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) Planning Grant. Doug Gerber, Landscape Architect, from edr has been working with Maren King, Director of the Community Center for Design Research and SUNY-ESF students Olivia Bennett, Peng Xu, and Kiva VanDerGeest who have quizzed us on our vision for the park.
It's been an exciting time as we discussed treating the hamlet as the central focus with a strong visual and physical connection to the park. One of the main considerations was to develop a Town of Montezuma identity that would include the historic Erie Canal and aspects of human development of land use to compliment the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge's environmental development land use. Their work up to this point has been to perform an inventory and analysis, develop project goals, and program options, develop alternative conceptual approaches, and prepare a conceptual master plan. There have also been to onsite visits to the park to identify important historic resources, and ideas for the plan. Now that the first phase of this project is completed, the edr and CCDR Project Design Team are ready to present their ideas to the Community.
|Kiva VanDerGeest presents conceptual ideas to the Montezuma Heritage Park Design Committee.|
|Peng Xu, SUNY-ESF student show drawing of a turn around area near the Richmond Aqueduct and the Seneca River.|