Park accessibility highlighted in student engineering design competition

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Sarnia-Lambton high school students with a passion for engineering are being invited to sign up for a design competition, aimed at improving accessibility at one of the city’s parks.

Superintendent of Recreation Shelley Kern said students will work in groups of three to six.

She said although the location is being kept a secret for now, it’s a challenging area that students can put a lot of energy and creativity into.

“It can be as simple as adding more trees but it could also look at accessibility,” said Kern. “Accessibility could be physical, or it could be how people get (to the park). They could look at bike racks, a hard surface pathway, seating, lighting or security. There are a lot of different aspects around the design.”

The competition is done in partnership with the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In 2019/20, students completed designs for the Canatara Park bandshell.

Students will work over the winter, with help from engineers, and present their design concepts to city staff in March 2022.

For more information, go to www.PEOLambton.com.