Publication Date

Spring 2022

Committee Members

Michael DiPasquale - Committee Chair Samantha Solano - Committee Member


This masters project will focus on the site of the Hillcrest and Sheffield Elementary School campus in the "The Hill" neighborhood of Turners Falls, MA. This project aims to create a vision of possibility for an underutilized neighborhood amenity. This project reviews social, demographic, physical data of the neighborhood in Turners Falls as well as research on play, nature play, outdoor experiential learning, and the local ecology of Montague Wildlife Management area. To execute this goal, the study aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Revitalize an underutilized space into a neighborhood asset;
  • Improve elementary school campus reinforcing a positive learning environment;
  • Increase biodiversity on site that connects to local ecologies.