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Community Design

The University of Idaho Extension Rapid Response Design Team

The University of Idaho Horizons Program engaged communities throughout Idaho to create plans to meet economic, educational and infrastructure needs. Many of these projects require design plans for outdoor public spaces, community beautification, and the design or retrofitting of space for public gardens and farmers markets. The UI Extension Rapid Response Design Team has been created to respond to these community action plans in a timely manner so that communities can proceed with efforts to fund and implement these projects.

The Rapid Response Design Team meets initially with each community to gather information and present alternative design concepts, returning later to present final plans. Through this process communities have quality design work and drawings to seek professional assistance and project funding. These design projects have proceeded with the support of University of Idaho graduate students in Landscape Architecture, as well as regional and local UI Extension Faculty. The University of Idaho Office of Community Partnerships provides assistance to evaluate the success of the Rapid Response Design Teams engagement in these communities.

Rapid Response Design Teams have produced design concepts for seven communities and nine different projects, including:

Albion: A Master Plan for Main Street and Regional Trail System

Shoshone: A Five Year Master Plan for the Lincoln County Fairgounds

Heyburn: Landscape Graphic Design for the 211 Interchange on Interstate #84

Eden/Hazelton: A Master Plan for the Wilson Reservoir Park

Menan: Exercise Trail for the Menan Midway Elementary School, Park Plan for Menan Main Street and Landscape and Parking Plan for the historic Menan Town Hall

Roberts: A Walking Trail and Community Park for the Mustang Community Center

Ririe: Master Plan for the Ririe Memorial Park

The Rapid Response Design Team program is under the leadership of Steve Drown, UI Extension Education Specialist in Bioregional Planning and Landscape Architecture in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences,