D E S I G N  O P P O R T U N I T Y
Find a better use for a public space. Make it educational, integrated, and communal.
T H E  P R O B L E M
Better Fishing for Newbies.
The city of San Antonio stocks a small urban lake at Southside Lions park with fish to encourage outdoor activities. The fishing program is popular, but too many visitors lack the basic skills to take full advantage of it.
This rise in inexperienced fishers has also lead to an increase in improperly discarded hooks and fishing line around the lake, which is a health hazard and threatens the wildlife. Plus, even though a sense of community exists here, most new visitors fish in silos and do not socialize with the locals.
How can we improve the fishing experience at Southside Lions Park?
Know the space
There are few amenities and maintenance is strained by the increase of fishing activity.
Discover opportunities
Find built-in opportunities to improve the experience for everyone.
Make a more comfortable place
Create new opportunities that promote community and also educate.
D E S I G N  S O L U T I O N
Reel Friends is a pop-up fishing experience set up at the west-end of San Antonio's Southside Lions Park Lake. The design approach applies cheaper-lighter-quicker tactics to triangulate community fishing activities. A "buddy bench" and a "hookshare" board provide a fishing experience that promotes social engagement across diverse demographics, offers fishing education, and creates an opportunity to improve the environment.
A place that makes a difference
Fin Addicts is local organization that conducts fishing clinics across Texas for under privileged families. The organizers heard of my place-making project and volunteered to user test it during their clinics. The response was so positive that they now use the design to promote their own community fishing initiative.
F U T U R E  R E S E A R C H
An additional design prototype will explore a solution for collecting irresponsibly discarded fishing line. Also, existing park tables will be transformed into pop-up cleaning stations that educate how to safely clean, transport and store freshly caught catfish.

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