CIS Parks Project


Your group will work together to create a park based around a culture or religion of interest. The park will educate and entertain local and visiting guests. It is meant to showcase your knowledge of the religion/ culture based on T1-2 plus information and academic skills you will glean over the course of T3. Aside from information and academic skills, this project includes real-world connections and hands-on demonstration of student knowledge.



Sections of Request for Proposal

1—Parks of Significance—National and International

∆ You are to create a slide that features two parks—one in the US, and one in another country. Sign up with Sullivan when you choose—there can be no repeats in your breakout.


∆ Find an AWESOME picture of the park and write the name of each park underneath. On Thursday, Feb. 11th, you will present your two parks to the class. Your presentation should cover the following:
-Name of park
-Highlights/ features of the park
-Why the park was created
-For some cool parks, visit…


∆ For this section, you are also to write a paper explaining the significance of these two parks. Use MLA style (check out and multiple details to support your reasoning for focusing on these parks. Make sure to include a Works Cited page AND an appendix with pictures of the parks that you mention in your paper. For info on how to create an appendix, see: Your paper is due at the start of class on February 11th.


2—Why do parks matter?

You are to create a thesis and support it with at least three reasons parks exist, are important, impact societies in a positive way, etc. You can base your research on the podcast from Monday. Feel free to also check out these websites:





Section 2 must be written in proper MLA format—add it to the Part 1 document and include your sources on your Works Cited page. Make sure you start Part 2 on a new page and label both parts you’ve complete so far. Part 2 is due Monday, February 22nd. ​

3— Components of and reasoning behind a park


Why do parks feature certain components? How are decisions regarding parks made, and who makes them? In this part of your paper, you are to include a feature from a park in each of the following areas:

...recreation / sports


...natural beauty / culture of your choice


Explain the feature and the purpose it serves. Also, include how the feature came into existence or why it is preserved - what organization or group funced it, supported it, thought it up, etc. You can use features from Golden Gate Park if you went on the SF trip!


Make sure to include a picture of each feature in your appendix and cite pictures you did NOT take in your Works Cited page.

4— Feature culture / religion research


After selecting and signing up for a culture, please individually research important aspects and identifying features of that culture. Detail what you learn in a convincing and educational manner fitting for a professional proposal.

5—Park proposal and design


In your offical proposal, you must include the following and reasoning behind each component below. Discuss all components with your partner before you begin to write (use Sullivan's worksheet). Please write the sections of your paper in the order below:


Part A: Location

--Location: must be in Oregon, include an Oregon map in your appendix showing location, specify urban or rural


Part B: Features

--Features: include at least five, specify type and size, consider history, natural landscape, art & culture, and

recreation. Remember one or more components must be interactive and two or more components must be informative or educational.


Part C: Budget

--Budget: create a table demonstrating how you will spend up to $500,000 on the park features you specified above. You do not need to budget for land, improvements, staffing, management, upkeep, or necessary facilities. You will find Parks Project Budget Example here: P:\handouts\BIS\CIS\2015-16 and should modify the spreadsheet following the example format to reflect your park.


Part D: Layout

--Layout: maximum 1 acre of developed park land. Using free landscape design software, design your park layout (see example below). Make sure it is cohesive between your features and budget. Software options include: VisionScape, TurboCAD, and any others you want to research or try. Please make sure the final product saves as an image (i.e. .jpg) and that there is not a limit to the number of days you can use the software. (Digital model (landscaping software, Sketchup))


6—Environmental impact study


Consider all of the areas of the EIA (see worksheet), rank the significance of your park's impact in each area (potentially significant, less than significant with mitigation, less than significant, and no impact) and write one paragraph per area describing how your park will affect the environment in this area. If there is going to be impact, explain how you will mitigate the impact.


To complete the task above, please refer to your notes from the presentation, Enviornmental Assessment and Planning worksheet, and the websites below.


For instructions on using the sites below, see the Environmental Impact Analysis Websites Instructions file in P:\handouts\BIS\CIS\2015-16.


Soil Type Link:

Biological Resources link: (USE CHROME!)

Wildfire Hazard Link:

Other components
7—Physical model


Requirements: features and structures must be to scale, materials must be sustainable (cardboard, found objects, foliage, etc.), size is a one foot minimum and two foot maximum squared, must include all five features in the park as well as anything else mentioned in your park in parts one through six (i.e. foliage, access pathways, etc.).





Your brochure MUST follow all of the guidelines below:
Additional recommendations for your brochure are as follows:



You are to create an engaging and informative presentation about your park to an audience who will either determine that you should in fact receive a grant for your park or decide that you will not receive the funding you need. 

All group members must speak for approximately the same amount of time during the presentation. Your time limit for the spoken presentation is 8-10 minutes. You presentation must include:

1. An engaging introduction
2. An explanation of why the park is necessary and beneficial
3. The features you included and the reasoning behind each with your model as a guide
4. Details on the budget and why it is appropriate
5. Information about how your park will impact the environment and be sustainably planned
6. A convincing closing

Your audience will also have the chance to ask questions about your park proposal.  

Your booth will serve as a visual to help convince your audience to support your park. You will have space, a table, and a computer available to you. Consider how you will present the park. Place the model appropriately, use signage to display the name of the park, use the computer to show your 3D model, budget, etc. Decorate the space with artifacts that represent your feature culture or your park specifically. Be creative! 



Park Specifics

Project Specifics




February—Sections 1, 2, and 3
March—Sections 4 and 5
April—Section 6 and 7
May—Sections 8, 9, and 10
Week of May 23rd—final presentations