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5 Ways to create great intentional gathering spaces: property management insider, Warner.

More new and redeveloped apartment communities are offering open gathering spaces for residents and guests to enjoy. Such spaces are often programmed with community events such as food truck nights, live musical performances, yoga classes and movies under the stars. Planning and design must be carefully crafted to anticipate the variety of uses and activities that could happen.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT INSIDER COLUMNIST GARY WARNER WROTE THAT THERE ARE FIVE KEY COMPONENTS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO A SUCCESSFUL SPACE.

1 / The space should include pieces such as tables, chairs, cornhole boards and planters. After all, the space should offer amenities that make it easy and comfortable for people to use.

2 / Open gathering space must offer structurally sound surfaces that can support everything from food trucks to ice skating rinks. The best of such places are designed with a mix of paved areas and softer areas of landscape or turf.

3 / There must be ample access to power outlets for everything from speakers and holiday lights to generators and even an outdoor movie screen.

4 / While the ideal space varies by project, Warner wrote, "we have found spaces of about 8,000 to 25,000 square feet generally are the best size for a central gathering space or community green." Going bigger than 25,000 square feet starts to create more of a park atmosphere and produces a larger array of property management challenges.

5 / Incorporate an attraction. Installing an interesting sculpture, fountain or even a unique tree can add personality and enhance the overall experience.

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Title Annotation:Gary Warner
Comment:5 Ways to create great intentional gathering spaces: property management insider, Warner.(Gary Warner)
Publication:Journal of Property Management
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Date:May 1, 2017
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