Van Note-Harvey is providing project team coordination, engineering design and construction administration services for the development of an open space eco-park adjacent to the Elementary School in the Borough of Woodbine.
The project is being developed in phases to provide a new ecological park in the town utilizing both active and passive recreational elements as well as educational components that will be available for use by residents, visitors and students in the area. The first phase of the project consisting of almost $500,000 of site improvements has already been funded through the Cape May County Open Space Program and will include renovations to some of the elementary school recreational facilities as well as development of the first 7 acres of the adjacent 25 acre Borough owned property. It is envisioned that in addition to recreational use, the facility will serve as an open air classroom for the adjacent Woodbine Elementary School, the Cape May County Library Branch and the Satellite Campus of Richard Stockton University, all of which are within easy walking distance of the site.
A unique aspect of Van Note-Harvey’s involvement in the project is our responsibility to coordinate and oversee the work of two graduate students from Stockton University who are providing environmental and concept development services as part of their graduate degree “Capstone Projects”. The information they develop will ultimately be turned over to the students in the Engineering curriculum at the Cape May County Vocational Technical School who with the guidance of Van Note-Harvey will prepare the preliminary project drawings. From the start, Woodbine Mayor William Pikolycky has always envisioned the completed project as being oriented towards an educational experience but has recently commented that “using students to design a site that will ultimately serve future students is a truly amazing approach”.