Where once there was asphalt now there is a lush green garden in the Duffy parking lot.
This beautification project is part of the College’s goal of creating more outdoor social gathering spaces on campus, building on the success of such spaces near the Shields Science Center, the MacPháidín Library, as was outlined in the College’s Campus Master Planning report.
In addition to planting trees and shrubbery in the area, the gathering space includes tables with purple umbrellas, several sitting walls and brick pathways. The pathway area connecting the Commonwealth Courts area to Duffy and Roche commons was also enhanced with new cherry tress, a rod iron fence and benches.
Paul Ricci, Associate Director of Grounds Operation said that the Duffy garden project “is an important element to add to the college grounds as these areas enhance our sense of community,” he said. The garden is a gem for everyone who studies or works here. We also know it will appeal to incoming students and their families.”