Hot Tips (Outdoor Spaces)
Paths to Campus Enrichment
- By Kyle Asire
- March 1st, 2017
Offering pathways designed for
pedestrians and bikes, greenways are increasingly
becoming popular additions in cities
across the nation. With colleges and universities
competing to recruit students, a campus with a
greenway enhances curb appeal and becomes
increasingly attractive to potential applicants.
While a traditional greenway in a city connects
different neighborhoods and communities,
a greenway on campus connects campus
buildings and facilities while providing a scenic
and relaxing atmosphere.
Prime locations for jogging and walking, the
paths can be an extension of a campus’ wellness
facilities as an additional avenue for increasing
student health. Simple exercise stations, such
as pull-up bars and monkey bars, can also be
placed along the trail to provide further workout
selections, or recreation areas, like volleyball
and basketball courts, can add additional options
for group sport activities and exercise.
A greenway by itself will enhance campus
life, but additional expansions on the different
paths offer opportunities to further improve
the student experience. For example, a garden
placed along the path offer opportunities for
both quiet meditation and study. On the other
end of the spectrum, social spaces scattered
throughout the greenway create additional
collaboration and meeting areas for students.
Take a conveniently placed BBQ terrace.
This simple addition gives students a place to
cook and dine, a space to meet with friends
and make new ones. Opportunities for bolder
expansions are also present. An outdoor amphitheater
can provide additional event space
for live music, theatrical productions or large
campus organization meetings.
Perhaps what is most enticing about a
greenway is the versatility. The pathways can
be simple or complex. Either way, students and
faculty alike will find their lives enriched.
This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of College Planning & Management.
Kyle Asire is territory manager, California, for Gordian (www.Gordian.com). Contact Kyle at K.Asire@gordian.com or 415/308-2050.