LAKE COMO — Students and faculty members from Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design [WHSAD] in Brooklyn, New York visited Lake Como on Saturday, May 13 to discuss further projects, introduce a majority of freshman students to the area and see the progress and outcome of already working environmental and beautification updates to Lakefront Park.
The WHSAD is a rigorous college-preparatory high school specializing in design, historical preservation and architecture within the classroom and outside of it. The school, along with support from Jon Gibbons of Lake Como Candide’s Garden and the Lake Como Environmental Commission have initiated various projects and have many more already outlined for the next couple of years.
Mr. Gibbons assists in obtaining the requirements from the town and in communication with the school helps to develop the plans. Also in attendance were the WHSAD’s program leader, Abraham Rodriguez, who holds credentials in architectural technology, and school principal Gil Cornell, who has been acting as a prominent motivating part of this long-term project.
Since 2019, the borough of Lake Como and WHSAD have been working together as a part of a multi-year joint program taking on design services for environmental projects throughout the borough. In return, the borough acts as a “client” and will supply the students with the resources needed to learn out in the field.
In 2021, designs for the Lakefront Park were made by students before the borough was then given a $200,000 grant to assist in the efforts. This opportunity also offers a beneficial social aspect allowing the students to experience a differing cultural and environmental atmosphere coming from a large city to a small shore town.
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