|Re: Creating uncommonly lovely common gardens - urban||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Bitner/Stevenson (lilbertearthlink.net)|
|Date: Sat, 6 Mar 1999 21:57:11 -0600|
Your community is almost exactly half the size of ours, which is ~1.3 acres and 25 households. Although I am not deeply involved with the landscaping, our projects are similar enough that it might help to hear our experience. We have three areas, one twice the size of the other two. The large area is very open and ringed by trees. The kids use this area for playing soccer and kickball and any other game that needs a large open area. One of the other areas contains a grassy area next to the playground. The last area is also open, but has a sandbox and large porch-type swing next to it. The areas roughly correspond with the age of the kids who like to play there-smallest in the sandbox, larger in the playground, and older kids into organized sports in the big open area. Obviously, this is just a general pattern. Some of us are considering making the larger area more interesting and less of a soccer field. It's not really used that much, and the openness makes it relatively unusable in our very hot summers due to no shade. There is a large park one block away which is better for soccer anyway. If I had half the space, like you do, I'd probably try to keep one of the areas fairly open, for playing games(the grown-ups do this too-almost forgot to mention that), and make the other area more interesting, adding at least one big bench or porch swing, maybe some berry bushes(good for hiding and foraging in the summer) and at least one garden area so you can eat stuff you grow. I'd also have play structures, since having more than one level means more kids can play in a small area. The sandbox is a neat thing to have-the little kids play there and often the bigger ones join in. Who can resist wet sand? It's good to have the "adult" things next to the "small child" things and to let the other kids play on their own more. The place with the best nooks and crannies that I have seen is N Street. They have old trees and formerly separate backyards that each have a character of their own, while having a meandering path that unifies all of them. I'm not sure it really applies here, though, since they have more space than we do. They've got(or had last I saw) chickens, a sauna, a wading pool made from a rubber raft, swings in trees, a playground and every kind of garden I can think of. I think the most interesting spaces tend to be created by individuals with "ownership" of an area, and not by committees; an idea to consider when figuring out how to landscape an area. -- Liz Stevenson Southside Park Cohousing ---------- > > Pinakarri Community is an urban infill project - 12 houses with small > private north facing (our sunny side) courtyards and c/house on 3000 sq > metres (32,292 sq feet or 0.74 acre - I reckon). The houses are set out > in a sort of figure of eight pattern where the crossover is the > adjoining arcade of the c'hse, creating two outdoor common areas.
Creating uncommonly lovely common gardens - urban Unnat, March 6 1999
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