Second Community Meeting for proposed Wellness Trail at the Seneca County Office Building Campus
Saturday, November 4th 2 PM
Seneca County Office for the Aging, Seneca County Office Building, 1 DiPronio Drive, Waterloo, NY 13165
Members of Cornell University’s student planning and design organization, DesignConnect, and Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension are hosting a second community engagement meeting for the design of a Wellness Trail for the area encompassing the Seneca County Office Building and former BonaDent building in Waterloo. The public is invited to give input for amenities and uses for a walking/fitness trail that would be on the property and also serve to connect the two buildings. The meeting will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 4th in the Office for the Aging at the Seneca County Office Building, 1 DiPronio Drive, Waterloo, 13165. Community members and employees of businesses in that neighborhood are particularly encouraged to come to this meeting to give their input on how they might use and what they would like to see on the trail. Cider and doughnuts will be served and families are encouraged to attend.
Cornell graduate student Sara VandenBroek is heading up the DesignConnect team as the Project Leader. “We are looking for further input in regards to the trail and what people want to have there.” she stated. “How would people like to use it? Do they want picnic areas? Do residents of the houses west of the County Building cut across the property to get to Wal-Mart? What plans and amenities do Wal-mart and BonaDent employees want to see? These are the types of input we need to create a design the whole community will use. We will have cider and doughnuts and hope people will bring their children as well.”
CCE Executive Director Ave Bauder noted, “The key to DesignConnect’s work is to have community input. I hope people will take some time out of their day on Saturday to have some cider and share their thoughts about the trail project.”
DesignConnect is a multidisciplinary student run community design organization at Cornell University. The group is rooted in collaborative sustainability and democratic principles for small towns in Upstate, New York. The goal of DesignConnect is to give real-life experience to students while providing design and planning services for towns and cities that may not necessarily have the resources to hire professionals.
About to celebrate its 100th year, Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension has served the people of the County, putting to practical use the scholarship and research of Cornell University and the national land grant system in the areas of agriculture and food systems sustainability; families, nutrition, health and safety (human ecology); youth development (4-H); environmental and natural resource enhancement; and community and economic vitality. The office is located at 308 Main Street Shop Centre in Waterloo. For more information on programs, please call the office at 315-539-9251 or e-mail Seneca@cornell.edu.