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Bryan Park summer program kicks off

DOWNSVILLE — During a recent meeting, architecture students, in conjunction with Louisiana Tech University’s Community Design Assistance Center, presented the final model and budget for the park pavilion to be built by the volunteers during a 10-week period this summer.

Borrowing architectural precedents from other parks across the country, the students have constructed a unique model.
The entire structure will be “green” with waterless toilets powered by small solar panels that will be the first of its kind in any Louisiana park.
The lighting and ventilation in the building will be completely natural, with a unique open-air design for the roof and walls allowing for a free-flowing breeze without exposing park enthusiasts to the elements.
The social spaces in and around the pavilion promise to make the park the ideal spot for relaxation and reflection.
Also, plans to incorporate grills, picnic areas, fishing areas and a disk golf course will make Bryan Park perfect for family outings.
Following the presentation, the AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteers were sworn in before the Downsville City Council by Vicki Schenk from the Corporation for National and Community Service and with Rebecca Tedford of the Office of Community Development present.
The AmeriCorps volunteers, together with the Union Community Action workers, will work together to better the Downsville community and north Louisiana by preserving the rural area’s rich cultural and natural identity.
They have pledged to use their skills and devote their summer to the development of this unique park, which will stand as an example of environmental stewardship for the region.
The AmeriCorps*VISTA Summer Associates include Eric Gill of Downsville; Fabrice Tchouba of Cameroon and Grambling State University (accounting); and Louisiana Tech University students Jennifer Reed (history), Damien Reynolds (forestry), and architecture majors Lindsay Carlisle, Victoria Christenson, Scot Dill, Jaymes Hanus, Brandon Mosely and David Suhren.
Union Community Action WIA workers include Parrish Brasher, Kyle Hicks and Leigh Anne Hopper of Downsville High School; and Eddie Miller of Farmerville.

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