(Dublin, Ohio) At the Dublin City Council meeting Monday, December 4, Joseph Wisne, Partner/CEO of Dublin business Roto, presented a new installation coming to the Dublin Community Recreation Center: a “Join the Conversation” station.
What started as a City initiative to incorporate interactive elements at the DCRC, ended with a unique partnership between the City and Roto.
In seeking to bring interactive, engaging experiences to under-utilized spaces in the DCRC, City staff didn’t have to look far before connecting with Roto, which plans, designs and builds experiences and environments for museums, science centers and zoos around the world.
Roto worked with City staff to identify goals and develop concepts that would engage the community and foster connectedness. They then worked with students at Karrer Middle School to test prototypes, which is a regular part of their process.
The final product is a “Join the Conversation” station that prompts visitors with intriguing questions, providing valuable feedback while engaging the community.
With a shared interest in community engagement, and as a neighbor to the DCRC on the other side of Coffman Park, Roto agreed to plan, design, build and install the station pro bono. The station will be installed the week of December 4.
“This is a project that has been months in the making,” said Matt Earman, Director of Parks and Recreation. “It’s a very unique public and private partnership, led by one of our recreation administrators Erin Duffee.”
The City is also in contract with Roto to create interactive elements at the future Holder-Wright Park, a park located at the northeast corner of Emerald Parkway and Riverside Drive that will preserve and showcase the ancient earthworks, farm house and natural features of the space that are a significant part of Dublin’s history.
Roto is a leading creative consultant, interdisciplinary design firm, and turnkey production resource for exceptional experiences and environments. Roto’s clients include the Smithsonian, Google, and many more attractions around the world.