Strengthen community and encourage social connections by providing outdoor gathering spaces to support people gathering, eating, working, and playing together.
- Provide outdoor spaces to encourage social connection that include:
- Seating for a minimum of 10 percent of the total site users that accommodates a variety of group sizes and is appropriate to the site
- Elements that address microclimate and other site-specific conditions (e.g., sun, shade, wind)
- Amenities, services, or activity spaces (e.g., games, wireless access, food concessions, picnic or dining areas, outdoor auditoriums, playgrounds, farmers’ markets)
Note: A project cannot achieve this credit for the same space that is submitted for HHWB C6.4: Support mental restoration. SITES encourages the development of multiple types of spaces to serve the intents of both credits; therefore, submit two separate spaces in order to achieve both credits.
- During the site assessment process, identify areas that could accommodate moderate and large groups. To find areas that may encourage social connection, look for shade trees or views.
- During site planning and design, meet with stakeholders and potential site users to identify needs and appropriate techniques.
- Design a variety of smaller social spaces conveniently located throughout a site rather than one large space.
- Moveable seating is preferred, if possible. Enclose and define seating areas with low walls or vegetation. Provide comfortable seating in sun and shade.
- Consider the needs of a variety of user groups. Provide seating, games, and spaces specifically designed for children, such as a tot-lot playground.