What does age have to do with Parks?

A group based at UCLA wants more elders using public parks.  Designing public parks that meet diverse needs is a great idea, but I’m having a hard time with the idea that there should be “senior specific” spaces.  Why should a space be different based on age?  Doesn’t it have more to do with physical function, visual and auditory perception, and above all – personal preferences? Age doesn’t make someone want to be isolated into an age restricted park.  Designing different types of parks – pocket parks for meditation/reflection, active parks, parks focused on maximizing social interaction, etc. makes sense – but to do that you have to take age out of the equation and focus on creating opportunities for individuals regardless of age or functional status.



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