​A Road Well-Traveled

by Patrick Doyle

Please come out on January 14th at 7 pm and help Tolland get the design right on what is sure to be a road well-traveled.

A Road Well-Traveled

Last October the State of Connecticut announced grant funding had been awarded for Tolland to redevelop the former Parker School site into 37 units of affordable senior housing. The news hastens the need to create newly designed bus lanes and parent drop-off/pick-up at Tolland Intermediate School, as well as an access and visitor parking for the new senior housing units.

That is a lot of road to drop into a pretty tight space, but more importantly those roads that will be used by a lot of people in Tolland. Anyone visiting the recreation department, residents of the senior housing and their families, and almost all parents of children attending Tolland Intermediate School will use the road frequently. I have always believed you do not get a design like that “right” unless you let the end-users (i.e. parents, seniors, and other community members) inform the design.

Despite a tight timeline we will have that opportunity to learn about the design, ask questions, and provide feedback on Thursday January 14 at 7 PM at Tolland High School. The session will be presented in a workshop format giving participants a chance to better understand the plan and to break out into small groups to discuss concerns and ideas related to the design with the project engineers before they finalize the design and begin construction. As a parent, I know this design is one I will experience almost daily for years to come. I am grateful to have an opportunity to give feedback, but hope I will not be alone. Please come out on January 14th at 7 pm and help Tolland get the design right on what is sure to be a road well-traveled.

Patrick Doyle
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Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle has over 20 years of experience mobilizing volunteers and community members to make positive change in their community, state, and country. He is an accomplished trainer presenting this work at conferences and seminars nationally and globally, including the National Conference of Volunteering and Service, IAVE Global Summit for Youth Volunteering, and the United Way Strategic Volunteer Engagement Summit. Patrick currently shares his experience and perspective as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Education in Tolland, where he has lived with his family for the past 10 years. His work and life are shaped by his love of music, nature, and the people he meets along the way.