Students build trailhead kiosk

The students in the Warren County Career Center’s Machine Technology class built a kiosk for the trailhead of the Lowland Trail at Chapman State Park.

They installed it on Thursday.

Greg Wisenaur, instructor for the class, said the students built the entire structure, although “the park guys put in the concrete” for the foundation.

Jim Sherbine, maintenance repairman at Chapman, said the kiosk was built to enhance the park and provide information for visitors, ranging from wildlife and the lake to Pennsylvania Wilds.

“It’s similar to a larger one near the park office, and can also be used as a small shelter for hikers,” he said.

Senior Jaykup Durlin said, “We’ve been working on it for about a month. The blueprint was hard, and figuring out the spacing was challenging.”

Wisenaur said, “Building the kiosk would have been fairly easy for the construction class, but I wanted to push them out of their comfort zone. They had to apply what they’ve learned in a new way.”

Sherbine said plans are in the works for the trail to eventually be used as a mountain bike trail as well as a hiking trail.