The CSO CBOP was split into two groups of 5-6 youth and each group was assigned a street tree pit with a broken curb. Both designs included the use of french drains, or buried pipes that would convey the water from the street into the pit. The groups were judged based on four categories; Physical Appearance, Design Concept, Explanation of Design, and Design Functionality of the final pit retrofits. Esteemed judges included Teresa Crimmens, Anne-Marie Runfola, and Damian Griffen of the Bronx River Alliance, and Henry LaJara of YMPJ, advised by the omnipotent Paul “Keep it on the Land” Mankiewicz of the Gaia Institute. Poised with a tough decision, the judges determined Group 1 to be stronger in Physical Appearance and Design Functionality whereas Group 2 excelled in Explanation of Design and Design Concept.
Congratulations CSO CBOP!!