Design proposals for town beach at Greenwood Lake to be unveiled Aug. 9

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:51

    WARWICK-The Town of Warwick and the Village of Greenwood Lake will hold a joint presentation of the New York City College of Technology design projects for a new beach and waterfront park at the Public Beach on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. According to information from the town, this project represents a unique long-distance cooperative arrangement between Warwick and architectural technology students at CUNY's College of Technology in downtown Brooklyn. Warwick was faced with the dilemma of transforming a former marina site, purchased by the town with funds to preserve open space, into a beach and waterfront park on ten-mile long Greenwood Lake. Through an arrangement facilitated by former City Tech Provost and Acting President Dr. Emilie Cozzi, a member of the Greenwood Lake Beach Visioning Committee, and Architectural Technology Department Chair Agustin Maldonado, a team of students agreed to meet the challenge of transforming the marina site into a pristine beach and waterfront park. Their final architectural and landscape design solutions, including renderings, architectural models and animations, will be presented Aug. 9. "This exciting collaboration," Maldonado said, "gives our students the opportunity to work on an actual project instead of a textbook exercise. This one presented an even greater challenge because of the site limitations, but the students rose to the occasion. It also transformed their perspective from the familiar urban setting to that of forest, lake and mountains." Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Greenwood Lake Beach and Waterfront Park Visioning Committee Chair and Village Trustee Barbara Wright-Moore welcomed the creative and technical input of the City Tech students working on this waterfront park site, which provides the only public access to the lake shoreline within the Village of Greenwood Lake. Restoration and enhancement of the site, adjacent to the Appalachian Trail, increases its potential for becoming an important regional resource and spur for economic development, town officials said.