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Saturday, June 15, 2024


Temple University Students to Hold Town Meeting on Cape May’s Parks


By Jack Fichter

CAPE MAY — Students and faculty from Temple University School of Environmental Design are returning to Cape May Dec. 10 for a special town meeting to present initial concept plans and models to improve Rotary Park and Harbor View Park, plans for Sewell Point Sanctuary and a pedestrian trail.
Mayor Edward J. Mahaney Jr. said students would bring three to five models for each site. The meeting will be held at Cape May Elementary School beginning at 3:30, so as not to interfere with Hospitality Night on the Washington Street Mall that night.
The mission of students and faculty of Temple’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture is to observe, document, evaluate, plan, and design these spaces and places in accordance with the City of Cape May’s Master Plan and the Historic Preservation Commission Design Guidelines. Temple students will also research and identify potential sources of grant funding for each of the four projects.
City Council approved an agreement with Temple University School of Environmental Design on Oct. 6.
A group of 25 students from have been studying Cape May since late August. They met with residents in October and presented results of an inventory of the city’s parks and resources.
The students are working on the concept of pedestrian walking trail to link significant historic, cultural, architectural, commercial sites and recreational and open space together. The city will soon acquire 78 acres of preserved wetlands known as the Sewell Point Sanctuary, which will include passive recreational and educational activities.

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