Students use capstone course to redesign municipal park

Four Purdue Polytechnic students presented proposals for the Passthrough Park that runs between East Main Street and Jack Elstro Plaza. Those attending the presentations included Sarah George (back row, from left), an associate professor of practice; student Addie Rose; Mayor Dave Snow; student Ethan Clark; student Matthew Wair; Ian Vanness (front, from left), city director of infrastructure and development; student Kaitlyn Jurgens; and Denise Retz, park superintendent. (Photo/Richmond Parks and Recreation)

A group of Purdue Polytechnic Richmond students redesigned a municipal park for a computer graphics technology capstone project. Addie Rose, Ethan Clark, Matthew Wair and Kaitlyn Jurgens created a new vision for the 0.15 acre park that connects East Main Street to Jack Elstro Plaza in Richmond.

“We saw a need in Richmond and we were excited to combine our talents to improve the city, and influence the space in a positive way,” Jurgens said.

The students recently presented their plans to Denise Retz, the city’s park superintendent, Mayor Dave Snow, Ian Vanness, the city's director of infrastructure and development, and Izzi Walterman, the parks department's floral and beautification leader.

“We were beyond excited to have this opportunity to collaborate and offer our expertise to the community,” said Sarah George, associate professor of practice. “I had no doubt the students were ready to tackle such an advanced project.”

See the full Richmond Palladium-Item story by Mike Emery.

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