Photo courtesy of the Thomson-McDuffie Family Y
About three years after a fundraiser provided $12,000 for the Thomson Family Y to begin developing a 20+ acre parcel behind the facility, phase one of that plan is about to get underway.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down the process, it provided an opportunity for the Family Y to partner with the University of Georgia’s Archway program to develop plans for the outdoor area.
According to Family Y Executive Director Jennifer Daniels, it was a process that benefitted both the Y and the UGA students. Archway connected a group of UGA landscape architecture students with the Y to develop potential plans for the parcel.
“The Family Y asked our group to help them develop ideas for designing a nature trail and beautifying their property. The Archway Partnership connected the Family Y with Dr. Georgia Harrison, a professor in the College of Environment and Design at UGA, who brought in a class of 19 undergraduate landscape architecture students to develop landscape design ideas for the Family Y over the course of the Fall 2021 semester,” said Sam Perren, Thomson-McDuffie Archway professional. “The students took a field trip to Thomson in October to get a better feel for the site and each student presented a design concept in December.”
Daniels said the 19 resulting designs represented a wide variety of ideas for the Y’s consideration.
“They really came up with different concepts that included what Thomson is. They put together a vision that could become a reality,” said Daniels. “All the concepts were really nice.”
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Written by: Karen Fioretti. Jun 21, 2022. The McDuffie Progress.
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