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Public spaces for all ages

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Considering the needs of all generations can help build stronger communities.
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Public spaces for all ages
Considering the needs of all generations can help build stronger communities.

To create a flourishing public space, developers must first identify community needs. In any given location, there are people of all ages looking for a place to gather with family, friends and neighbors. One key to successfully developing these gathering places, is to consider the needs of all generations.

Here’s a look at how to appeal to both older and younger age groups.

Attracting the older generation

You’ll often find people of the older generation on public park benches. This has to do with culture. Benches provide a place for them to feel like they are part of the community. They can talk to people as they walk by, catch up on the latest news. They share this communal space with others, and they may need comfortable seating to rest. The ideal bench placement has a pleasant view, tucked a good distance away from trash or recycling bins.

Engaging youth

Young people use public spaces as much as any age group, but often get left out of the planning stage, as some communities try to discourage “loitering.” But when youth-friendly locations are properly developed, kids are less likely to hang around places they shouldn’t. Engaging young people sends the message that they are an important part of the community. A space for youth could include anything from a skate park or rock-climbing wall, to ping-pong tables, bike racks and a parkour park.

Get the most out of your public spaces by considering the needs and desires of all generations. Contact us and let us help you visualize your project and choose the right furniture for your needs.

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