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Students help rebuild Cunningham Park in Joplin



Architecture students from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri design an educational healing garden for Joplin's Cunningham Park. 

Third year architecture student Josh Storey says, "It means the world. I feel life is about helping people and this was the perfect opportunity to be able to do what I love and help people at the same time it's been incredible." 

Joplin's Parks and Recreation Department is helping students bring their designs to life. 

"From bracing to learning how to reinforce concrete, everything that architects don't usually know until they get out of school we're learning," said Storey. 

His professor agrees. 

"They're learning things out here that I can't teach them in the classroom. I can tell them how buildings go together I can make then run calculations, but I can't teach them how to be good citizens and how to give back to a community," said Associate Architecture Professor Traci Sooter.

Cunningham Park was completely destroyed during the May 2011 tornado. The goal for the 26,000 square foot project is a place residents can reflect and honor lives lost.

"Of course there's a playground for the kids, but there's also tributes to our citizens that we lost and then there's this place for healing and reflection," says Joplin Parks and Recreation Director Chris Cotton.  

Students hope to complete the project in time for the 3rd anniversary of the tornado. 


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