A group from Cornell University is part of a multidisciplinary, student-run, community design organization called, Design Connect. The group is rooted in collaborative, democratic, and sustainable principles for the advancement of towns in Upstate New York. Every semester, the organization provides practical experience to students working with local municipalities and non-profit organizations while providing design and planning services for who may not have the resources to hire professionals.
A team of nine students worked on the project. They were given a tour of the park to familiarize them with the history. Their designs are focused on ideas for the Byron Lapp Memorial Trailhead area off High Street to assist the Friends of the Park’s Design Committee in laying out a handicap accessible walkway leading from a parking area to the Butterfly Garden and mural site. The first draft of their plan designs was presented in October 2019. The Design Committee gave the students feedback at this meeting which they took back to work on before completing the project this semester. A final community meeting was held in December 2019, at the Montezuma Town Hall where the students unveiled their final design plans.