Western students pitch ideas for city parks and recreation programming
My Edmonds News
March 8, 2017
From a community garden program aimed at teaching people how to grow their own food, to an open mic night that encourages teens to get moving to live music, a group of 60 Western Washington University students gathered in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room Wednesday afternoon to unveil their ideas for parks and recreation programming in Edmonds.
The visit by students in Western’s Recreation Program was part of the Sustainable Cities Partnership between the university and the City of Edmonds, which was approved by the Edmonds City Council in summer 2016. During the 2016-17 academic year, staff have been receiving a helping hand from WWU students and faculty on a range of projects. n January, a different student group presented sustainability-enhancing ideas for the Edmonds Marsh.
In the case of the recreation students, Edmonds Parks and Recreation Manager Todd Cort served as their liaison, traveling to the Bellingham-based school to meet with students and connecting with them weekly online via Skype.
The students were divided into 12 groups and met twice a week for four weeks to develop their proposals. Wednesday was their day to travel to Edmonds with Power Point presentations and note cards in hand. Each group took a turn making a 15- to 20-minute pitch to city parks staff, who took notes and provided feedback on what they saw and heard.