Do you remember running around your neighborhood as a kid exploring and discovering your surroundings? I do.
I remember building forts, riding bikes or playing streetball with my friends until it got dark. Once the streetlights came on, it was game over and time to head home. Times have definitely changed. Over the last 30 years, our culture has seen a decline in Creative Play opportunities for children in our society. Many times community design uses a formulaic approach to amenity programming regardless of context. Whether it’s an urban infill or greenfield site, the amenities are typically recognizable, safe and cost effective. The unintended consequences of such a universal approach can dumb-down the project and adversely affect the heart and soul of the community. It’s important that the amenity features reflect the site and the people who live there.