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Shut Down Affect Central College Students
Updated: Wednesday, October 9 2013, 10:53 PM CDT
PELLA, IA (KCCI) - Central College seniors Ryan Dusil and Ryan McPheren have been working on their capstone project for nearly a year.
The environmental studies majors have designed a playscape near Lake Red Rock complete with an amphitheater and play area for members of the public to enjoy. The Army Corps of Engineers quickly signed on to partner with the students, and Vermeer Corporation agreed to send 160 employees to help for one day with the manual labor.
Professor Anya Butt said, "It felt like we were on this great roll. Lots of excitement, something really permanent that these two students were going to leave behind for the community, and then it came to a screeching halt with the government shutdown."
Barricades and signs were put up that closed Lake Red Rock due to the government shutdown. The Army Corps of Engineers employees were forced on furlough.
Dusil said, "A lot of work went into it last year, and we finally thought it was coming to fruition, and so to get so close within a couple days and then have it postponed is kind of disappointing."
McPheren said, "I was really disappointed because we just had all the materials lined up, and it's all on-site."
Down past the bike trails where their plans were to become reality are the mounds of dirt still untouched. Vermeer's 160 employees were supposed to help with the manual labor on Oct. 5. Now the hope is that when the shutdown is over, Vermeer and other community partners are still willing to help.