The presentation followed a public workshop held earlier at which the URI students had solicited input from local residents. They also conducted an online survey seeking input on preferred recreation needs and presented preliminary plans to a jury of designers at URI.
The students were also tasked with incorporating sustainable practices and materials into their designs.
Ideas suggested by the public were wide-ranging, from construction of a senior center and swimming pool to athletic fields, bike paths and an amphitheater. Based on these suggestions, the 15 students divided into three groups to develop master plans.