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Sixth Street Planning Charrette Scheduled April 9, 2009, at the U of M, Crookston; Event begins at 6 p.m. in Dowell Hall 212
March 31, 2009

Contact: Eric Castle, assistant professor, 218-281-8119 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

A collaborative session to work on the design of greenspace in Crookston will be held Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Dowell Hall 212. The discussion will focus on the design for a Sixth Street greenspace located west of the underpass. Everyone is welcome to participate in the session.

The greenspace design and construction are a joint project with the City of Crookston, the and the U of M, Crookston. Assistant Professor Eric Castle, an instructor in the Natural Resources Department, is leading the campus efforts and involvement with students from his landscape design and landscape installation and maintenance classes at the Crookston campus.

Geologic and hydrologic factors on the Red Lake River led to an unstable bank on Crookston’s Sixth Street, and in 2003, homes located there were severely damaged and eventually demolished. The greenspace will be enhanced by this scenic and recreational restoration of the area along Minnesota State Highway 2, which is an east-west route through the city.

The students participating in the project are working on it as part of a service-learning opportunity for their class. Service learning is a method of teaching, learning and reflecting where participants learn and develop through active participation. Service learning combines academic classroom curriculum with meaningful community service.

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