On Tuesday, my group went to Winthrop with Caroline's group, where we went to a beach and did a little bit of beach profiling, which is when you measure the slope of the beach and the shape that all of the sediment makes. We tried two different methods. The first was with emery rods, which is the more tedious way. To do this, we connected each end of a six-foot long string to the two rods, and we had to line up a marking on one pole with the horizon, which lined up with a measurement on the other pole. we repeated this process six feet at a time, until we made it from the top of the beach to the shore.
|Using the emery rods|
Using the RTK GPS was a lot easier, because it was connected to a program on phone of the person who owned it, so we just had to walk in a straight line, pause after a few steps, make sure it was level, and then click a button to record the point. All in all, I think that both methods produced similar results, although there was more room for human error using the emery rods.
|My group standing in front of the floating wetland|
While we were there, we also walked around the park and talked about the different features that are important when planning a park. Some of the features that we talked about included accessibility, which means that it is important for a park be located near a train station or bus stop and have a parking lot to make it easier for people to visit it. We also thought that parks should have places to rent bikes and boating equipment if it is along a body of water.
On Thursday, we continued our discussion of the important features that parks should have, and we each designed a blueprint of our own parks. In my blueprint, I made sure to include trash cans throughout the park to prevent littering, many benches, a few restrooms, and places to rent bikes and boating equipment. I also added a few playgrounds, sports fields, a basketball court, a tennis court to make it more enjoyable, a food and picnic area, and trails all around the park where people can walk, run, and bike. For accessibility, I made sure it was near a main road and I added bus stops near the entrances.