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FALL 2012 Design-Build Institute of America

Volunteer Spring Project Spring Creek Bridge

SPRING CREEK PARK BRIDGE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION [TOPICS OUTLINE] Sunday, Sept. 30th, 2012 @ 12:00pm 12:45pm [Ghaith Yacoub & Laura Wake-Ramos with AJ Mazzacano & David Schaare] I. TABLE OF CONTENTS - Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - Bio Summaries on Interviewed Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - Observed Activities at Spring Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - Comments Provided by Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - Potential Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I . II . III . IV .V

II. BIOS ON RESIDENTS A. #1 : Couple Sitting on Bench near Creek with Dog - From town just outside State College (drive to Spring Creek Park) - Primarily go to park for the dog - Visit park in every season - Have never been to backfield area B. #2 : Couple Walking Dog in Backfield - Think bridge would be great idea - Used the old bridge, before it was taken down - Wish for dog-friendly - Let dog run around with no leash; swim in creek - Walk to park with dog; live in a house near park C. #3 : Couple Getting Read to Fly-Fish - From Ohio-Pennsylvania border - Visit Spring Creek at least once a year (spring, summer, or fall) - Attended Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited convention D. #4 : Man Sitting on Bench near Creek with Dog - Walked to park with dog

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FALL 2012 Design-Build Institute of America

Volunteer Spring Project Spring Creek Bridge

SPRING CREEK PARK BRIDGE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION [TOPICS OUTLINE] Sunday, Sept. 30th, 2012 @ 12:00pm 12:45pm [Ghaith Yacoub & Laura Wake-Ramos with AJ Mazzacano & David Schaare] III. OBSERVATIONS - Flag football game - Jogging - Walking dogs in back field - Playing tennis - Owners walking dogs (some with no leashes) - Educational nature sign next to covered bridge - People sitting on benches near creek, enjoying the area/weather

IV. COMMENTS Main topics discussed were: A. B. C. D. E. General Park Usage Dog-friendliness Proposed Bridge Creek Preservation Nature Education

A. GENERAL PARK USAGE 1. Seasons - Visited in all seasons - Brown trout fishing in spring, summer, and fall 2. Park Access - Variety of drivers and walkers: a. #1 Drive-in from a town outside State College b. #2 & #4 Local area resident c. #3 Visiting from Ohio border to fish B. DOG FRIENDLINESS 1. Creek Access - Dogs like to swim/run in creek 2. Safety - Previous bridge used to have spaces between treads a. Paws could go through

Pennsylvania State University

FALL 2012 Design-Build Institute of America

Volunteer Spring Project Spring Creek Bridge

SPRING CREEK PARK BRIDGE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION [TOPICS OUTLINE] Sunday, Sept. 30th, 2012 @ 12:00pm 12:45pm [Ghaith Yacoub & Laura Wake-Ramos with AJ Mazzacano & David Schaare] C. PROPOSED BRIDGE 1. Backfield Access - Same spot as old location, or farther down is better - Not many are aware of far side of creek a. More noticeable if better access 2. Creek Access - Site is deeper and more rocky than other areas of creek a. Not ideal for standing, for kids playing, swimming for dogs 3. Seating - Sitting area near bridge would be nice - People like to walk around, 4. Open Bridge - An open bridge would be ideal a. Rather than another covered bridge D. CREEK PRESERVATION 1. Trout Fly-Fishing - Considered Blue Ribbon, Class A trout stream - Spring Creek is premier location 2. True headwater stream - Spring Creak is a headwater stream - Headwater streams nurture greater bodies of water a. Spring Creek forms headwaters for Susquehanna River, the largest river of the Chesapeake Bay watershed b. Fine bits of leaves and twigs that fall into these wetlands transform into nutrients that support the complex food web downstream c. Headwaters are sourced from melting winter ice and higher sources (from the mountains) - Spring Creek is a reproductive grounds for brown trout a. Cold water is necessary b. Shading trees along bank is necessary to control water temperature

Pennsylvania State University

FALL 2012 Design-Build Institute of America

Volunteer Spring Project Spring Creek Bridge

SPRING CREEK PARK BRIDGE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION [TOPICS OUTLINE] Sunday, Sept. 30th, 2012 @ 12:00pm 12:45pm [Ghaith Yacoub & Laura Wake-Ramos with AJ Mazzacano & David Schaare] 3. Bridge must be sensitive to the habitat - Bridge should enhance ecology of Spring Creek - Preserve the trout and the ecosystem - Should not disturb free-flowing stream 4. Potential resource at Penn State on biodiversity - Dr. Greg Hoover - Resource for creek preservation design, and sign content

E. NATURE EDUCATION 1. Nature Signage - Existing sign next to covered bridge on brown trout - Would like to see sign on the total ecology of Spring Creek a. On headwaters, and importance within ecosystem b. A prominent sign c. Not only on trout V. POTENTIAL RESOURCES Talking with #3 Users (Couple about to Fly-Fish) opened new opportunities for the bridge project and environmental issues to address. This is a list of the hyperlinked sources: A. B. C. D. E. Trout Unlimited Spring Creek Chapter Paradise Fishing Preserve ClearWater Conservancy Spring Creek Biodiversity Dr. Greg Hoover Penn State Professor, focused on freshwater entomology Visit PA Go fishin

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