Master's in Urban and Regional Planning Degree Program Students Involved in Redevelopment of North Swan Street Park in Arbor Hill
Students from the Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning program
were involved in the initial conception of a project that targets the
redevelopment of the North Swan Street Park in Arbor Hill.
In Fall 2008, the UAlbany Planning Studio class
of second-year students enrolled in the Master’s in Urban and Regional
Planning degree program partnered with the Arbor Hill Implementation
Team for their course project. This Team included a
diverse group of neighborhood stakeholders from the public, private,
and nonprofit sectors working to implement the City of Albany’s Arbor
Hill Neighborhood Plan alongside community residents.
Led by Professor Gene Bunnell
and guided by the principles laid out in the Neighborhood Plan,
students selected two specific areas to pursue for their course
project: fostering arts and culture in the community, and planning for
more open space and park resources. Among other positive outcomes, many
of the elements suggested in the student’s concept renderings for a
revitalized neighborhood park at 2nd and North Swan Streets, focused on
intergenerational usage and sustainable design, were later represented
in the City’s final plans for redeveloping the park. The UAlbany
Planning program is pleased to be partnering with Albany neighborhoods
on such mutually-beneficial projects that build both communities and
future planning practitioners. The featured photo was taken at the
announcement of this event in the summer of 2010.