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Getting a design for Penn Yan park, trail

One of the potential projects that is likely to be included in the $10 million Penn Yan Downtown Revitalization Initiative is improved access to the Keuka Outlet Trailhead at the Elm Street Sports Complex.

A team of Cornell University students met with village and community representatives Nov. 17 to review some ideas for improvements that increase the trailhead’s visibility.

The students are enrolled in Design Connect, a program that provides practical experience to students working with local municipalities and non-profit organizations that may not have the resources to hire professionals.

Earlier this year a team of students worked on updating the village park master plan. In 2016 another team worked with the Friends of the Outlet on design ideas for the Cascade Millsite in the town of Torrey.

At Saturday’s workshop, the students reviewed their assessment of the site and three proposals for the location of a trailhead sign and landscaping. The trailhead marker would feature a map and infographic that matches designs being used by the Friends of the Outlet in other interpretive signs for the trail.

The first proposal extends the trail around the concession stand, playground and restrooms to the east side of the Elm Street Complex’s main parking lot and out to Elm Street, where signs would make it more visible.

The second option locates it near the playground, which it would still be close to the parking lot.

The third option would locate the sign and features near the existing trailhead, which is not visible from the street or parking lot and would require additional signage for way-finding.

In addition to making recommendations for the trailhead feature, the students showed a concept for a redesign of the parking lot at the complex. The proposed layout connects additional spaces, uses permiable paving, and adds a bioswale system with aesthetic plantings.

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