A group of Appalachian State University undergraduate students are working on plans to bring new life to two parks in Elizabethton Tennessee.

The students are part of a design team from Appalachian’s Integrative Design Experience Laboratory and have been working with city officials and the community to update Covered Bridge Park and Edwards Island Park over the course of the school year and expect to deliver a completed master plan in May.

According to Appalachian Today, the students receive credit for their work, and clients pay only for the cost of materials and training needed for the project.

During the fall semester, students toured Elizabethton,  talked with city officials and citizens, and researched the city’s history to develop a plan. The students were divided into two teams, and each team presented different plans for the parks in December.

Community members filled out a survey about the designs, and the city is now refining the design based on the survey and working out a budget for the project.