Faculty Advisor

Spanagel, David I.

Project Center

Worcester Community Project Center


Recreation areas improve community members' physical and psychological health, increase property values, and provide a host of ecological services that benefit the environment. This project, sponsored by the Lancaster Friends of the Nashua River, explored ways of improving public access to the Cook Conservation Area in Lancaster, Massachusetts. As a result of our investigation into soil conditions, aesthetic choices, and structural stability, we recommend the construction of new pedestrian bridges. Results of our work include cost estimates, permitting forms, and models of the proposed bridges. These materials will help improve trail user satisfaction and contribute to the success of the Cook Conservation Area as an important community resource for the town of Lancaster.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts