by Linda Kaidan
Enjoy Herkimer Community College’s new picnic area!
About 2 years ago the bridge near the farm pond at HCC washed away. Re-engineering of the flood site is now complete. The dirt road has been replaced by a sturdy concrete foot bridge. Freshly landscaped, 3 pond-side picnic tables invite visitors to linger and appreciate sounds, scents and views. There is also a semi-circle of large rocks at the water’s edge offering somewhat comfortable seating to those who enjoy nature’s beauty. Herkimer Community College’s new flood controlled picnic area inspires us to optimize our resources.
Potential music barn next year?
If you are walking towards the pond from HCC, you’ll see an open barn on the right. Inside there is a large flatbed trailer doing absolutely nothing. I imagine that this might be a fun project for some students. It would be fairly easy to re-purpose the trailer as a concession on wheels offering healthy snacks to visitors. Plenty of space remains in the barn for some benches once the trailer is outside. This underutilized yet picturesque space might become an impromptu meeting and music spot which all could enjoy. The proceeds from food sales could help fund new entrepreneurial projects on campus. Students can learn how to create and operate a business and acquire practical skills like carpentry and cooking.
Making the most of time and place
If you see a resource sitting idle imagine what you can do with it. In many cases it can become an amazing way to learn, earn and enjoy a creative experience.