Today was spent largely on last minute preparations for presentations to Planning and Zoning for that evening. We polished our work, changed a few more details and rehearsed. Dylan is our plant expert and he worked on tidying up our plant selection details.
Dress rehearsal was in our Conference Room later that morning. We felt much better today after making many, many improvements to our work. Thank goodness for dress rehearsal and the opportunity to clean things up.
At 1:00 we moved our class over to City Hall to set up our projector and to run another, more formal dress rehearsal on site. We were nervous but felt ready to go for that evening.
Finally, after minor details and a few more adjustments, we were ready for the task ahead... the P & Z meeting!
5:45 came quickly and dressed for success, we were on. The Planning and Zoning Commission listened intently.
Each group presented their design complete with a detailed explanation of their park's features. Each group had set a goal on the first day of the project regarding what we wanted to create and accomplish in our designs. We shared with P & Z members how every feature contributed to that initial goal.
The Planning and Zoning Commission members had a lot of great questions. They made us think on our feet to explain the budget, park sustainability, safety issues, parking considerations, and finally about our learning process through this Project Based Learning endeavor. They were such great listeners and helped us to learn the ropes of this critically important governmental process. We are very grateful for this opportunity and the kind yet serious manner in which Planning and Zoning members treated this us and our project designs.
All in all, at the end of the day we felt successful and proud. We had made it through an important step in our two week journey. Yet.... tomorrow meant more work. Marc and BJ were coming and we had to take a last serious look at our budgets. We knew we had already gone over... little did we know how much..... and how the work day would unfold.