Central Catskills Collaborative has regional planning meeting

Arkville — The Central Catskills Collaborative will host an open meeting to feature the regional planning work of students in the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Throughout the semester, the students have conducted inventory and mapping exercises along the Route 28 Corridor. The public is invited to the Olive Free Library this Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m. to see the presentation, meet the students and view the design studies.
Margaret Bryant, professor of Landscape Architecture, outlines the project; ‘This studio work is based on the idea that the long-term health and well-being of the Central Catskills communities depend on mutual support and collaboration, and that these aspirations are aided by the perspective of regional planning and the visualization of community design alternatives.” Members of the Central Catskills Collaborative have been working with the students to bring life to community-supported design concepts. Helen Chase, a member of the Olive Town Board and the Collaborative, relates “The Town of Olive has identified a site along Route 28 in Shokan for a park that will aid regional tourism promotion. The students have advanced this project significantly by sharing their invaluable expertise with the community.”
Peter Manning, Catskill Center regional planner, who coordinates the Collaborative’s efforts, remarks “We’re fortunate that our landscape is the subject of this creative, big picture design exercise. The process has helped us see new ways to promote our resources as a regional community, while also proposing solutions at the site-specific level.” The work being conducted this semester will form part of the foundation for corridor vision exercises to be led by SUNY ESF and The Catskill Center later this year. All of these efforts will assist the Collaborative in its Route 28 Scenic Byway nomination effort, which was recently awarded $50,000 from the Catskill Watershed Corporation.
The Olive Free Library is located on Route 28-A approximately three miles from Boiceville; one-quarter mile past Watson Hollow Road on the right. Wood-fired pizza will be served.
To learn more about Catskill Regional Planning, please contact Peter Manning at 586-2611 or visit www.catskillcenter.org.
For more information on Central Catskill Collaborative, www.centralcatskills.org/ccc.