Nichols School students in Ms. Sandy Smith's Water and Community elective course recently teamed up with Ms. Sarah Jensen's Entrepreneurial Studies Elective (ESE) students in conjunction with the Black Rock-Riverside Alliance on a submission for the Wilson Foundation's Play Everywhere Challenge. The Play Everywhere Challenge is dedicated to the creation and integration of unique, safe, free spaces to play in urban communities. The Nichols students' proposal is a "play path" with a history theme that would connect the community garden spaces in Black Rock with the Market Square area and the Niagara River Greenway.
The 10 teams of Nichols seniors were charged with dreaming up and detailing the implementation of the play opportunities at each stop along the path, along with sidewalks and crosswalks. The culmination of this short, three-week challenge was a share-out to community stakeholders on May 3 in the Nichols School Gerard Gym. The students created a simulation of the "path" and each group of students presented their ideas for play at each space.
Students in the Water elective focused much of their work earlier in the term on Scajaquada Creek, whose mouth was the former Black Rock Harbor where it meets the Black Rock canal and the Niagara River, and the Tonawanda Street Corridor Brownfield Opportunity area in Black Rock and Riverside. We hope that the Black Rock-Riverside Alliance will bring these concepts to reality with help from the Wilson Foundation's Play Everywhere Challenge and other community members.