High School Students Propose Arboretum for Camp Eastman
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Ten students at the Summer Institute at Irondequoit High School spent three weeks researching what to do with some of the 90 acres at Camp Eastman.
After looking at how to use the land located at the south end of the property, they researched several ideas and decided an arboretum would be best for the land and the community. It would include various gardens and paths.
Mary Joyce D'Aurizio, Irondequoit's town supervisor, walked the area with the students Friday and listened to their proposal.
"This place has so much land that, at first, we thought about building basketball courts, skate park and all that, but this is not really the location for it due to the fact that there is so much land and it is not a centralized location," said Jaelen Whitehead, a senior at Irondequoit. "We have a one-way road and it will be a lot of traffic and this park already has a natural look to it, so why change it."
D'Aurizio says she likes the arboretum idea and wants to talk to the town board and parks and rec department to see if an arboretum could be funded under the capital improvement project.