Re: Pea Gravel
From: Carol Singleton (
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 12:40:39 -0800 (PST)
The children in our community love to ride their bikes and scooters on our concrete pathways. The paths are about "one lane" wide and have gradual slopes. Concrete isn't the prettiest material, but the kids sure love to zoom around on it. They also play on the pathways - anything from throwing/catching Frisbees, working on a jigsaw puzzle, practicing pitching and hitting a softball or lying on the pathway watching the stars at night. The concrete works well for all of these and many more activities and the kids don't get very dirty when they are sitting or lying down on the pathways.

My mother has a little trouble negotiating her walker over the depressions between concrete pourings but manages it. She is unsteady on dirt or gravel paths.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Alexander Robin A" <alexande.robi [at]>
To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at]>; <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 12:08 PM
Subject: RE: [C-L]_ Pea Gravel

Just to weigh in on this topic, please note that most of these decorative walkways (pea gravel, stones, gravel of any kind, etc.) make getting around with a walker from annoying to impossible.

Robin Alexander


From: Mary English [mailto:Mary.English [at]]
Sent: Wed 1/4/2006 6:41 PM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: [C-L]_ Pea Gravel

Pea Gravel mades a cute garden path BUT
when kids start randomly tossing handfulls arround; when dogs tear
arround in it and kick it up out of the path or gouge holes in it, or do
that foot scratching thing  with their hind legs after they pee;  when
kitties think it's a great litter box; or leaves, or a billion weed
seeds fall into it, then you may have reservations.
It looks nice when it is clean, raked, and tidy, and has a lovely feel
and sound to walk on, but (very large  BUT),  I would not describe it as
low maintainance.  And I have found low maintainance to be a necessity
in cohousing.

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