Glen tree study to improve accessibility needs
By: Caitlyn Freeman, Editor in Chief
A study of the Glen Arboretum seeks to assess and increase the accessibility of the land for the Towson University community.
The study, which is being overseen by TU’s Planning & Project Management Office, will geolocate the trees and structures within the Glen and analyze them for possible improvements, according to a TU Today article.
“The ultimate goal is to preserve and protect the historical structures, reduce erosion, and identify potential [Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990] pathways in an effort to increase accessibility for the TU community, so the space can be used to further support the university’s Strategic Plan,” Patricia Watson, assistant director of sustainability, said in an email.
To execute this, Donna Anderson, manager of landscape services, said the surveyors will be analyzing everything from the grade of the land to the steepness of hills. She said the study will also look into the different pathways that lead into the area and if they are accessible for students with mobility issues.
“The study is going to show us what is existing,” Anderson said.
Essentially, the results of the study are going to determine the next steps needed for improving the Glen. The study, which Watson said will be completed by the end of 2022, will also aid the Glen Arboretum Board in its pursuit of future project funding.
Vanessa Beauchamp, an associate biology professor, said she hopes to see the trails within the Arboretum be improved.
“I know we probably can’t get ADA access to the entire Glen, but different parts so we can make sure that everybody on campus can at least use a part of this fantastic resource we have just right in the center of campus,” Beauchamp said.
The survey is not expected to interfere with any academic or research projects currently underway in the Arboretum, the university said.
The Glen has been a landmark on TU’s campus since 1933. It aids in the science education of students and includes a Challenge Course to promote physical activity, according to the university’s website.