TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett and the “See You In Terre Haute” committee have made it a priority to revitalize certain areas of the city. The newest target, a local park, will seek the assistance of local college students.
Engineering students from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will strategize alongside board members to design new projects for Fairbanks Park like a boathouse and Riverwalk, while renovating already existing facilities.
“It’s a huge role, I think it’s twofold. One is to get the students out at Rose engaged in community projects at no cost to us. We’d like to get them out there using their talents,” Bennett said.
The students are Derrek Miller, Michael Whitacre, Samantha Stevens, and Hunter Crumly.
Whitacre said what excites him is creating a lasting landmark within the city of Terre Haute.
“Being able to have an impact on something that not only Terre Haute but surrounding communities will benefit from has been very satisfying,” Whitacre said.
Each student is responsible for different elements of the park ranging from land development to the geotechnical side of the project.
A survey by Indiana State University is also available for anyone wanting to make their voice heard about different elements they both like or don’t like about the current layout of the park.
“Out of this will come their thoughts of will come their thoughts on each of the projects internally to the park. We’ll take that and kickstart a formal planning process,” Bennett said.
Derrek Miller says the process of collaboration is something he enjoys about being on this project.
“It’s pretty special being able to put our own input into the design, while still keeping the wants and needs of our clients,” Miller said. “It’s a pretty sweet dynamic we get to work with.”
Even with construction of these projects still not finalized, students are optimistic for seeing their ideas come to life within the next couple of years.
“Sometime down the road, seeing what we’ve put into play and come to fruition is going to be very satisfying experience for all of us that have been involved in this project,” Whitacre said.