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  • January 27, 2020

Planning and Design Considerations for Outdoor Musical Environments

Ideal Musical Settings Are Everywhere

Historically, municipalities and progressive parks and recreation departments have taken the initiative to design and implement music parks in their public areas, sometimes adjacent to playgrounds, trails, and gardens. These departments often understand the need for a variety of outdoor experiences and activities to offer their constituency. Most parks and recreation departments provide thriving outdoor spaces for individuals, families, and communities to enjoy, including trails, playgrounds, dog parks, recreation centers, and more. Outdoor music areas are the perfect addition to these diverse community public spaces.

Beyond park and recreation departments, outdoor musical spaces can be found in other diverse locations. Many school officials, early childhood centers, playground managers, arts and cultural centers, hospitals and rehabilitation clinics, active living communities, military bases, and even senior centers have been designing outdoor music environments to provide unique and attractive socialization opportunities for people. Furthermore, hospitality (including resorts, hotels, motels) and destination locations (amusement parks, children's museums, and civic centers) are also incorporating music parks across their properties for distinctive experiences that engage and entertain their visitors. Likewise, city centers and town squares are installing music spaces to activate their community in new and innovative ways. With a little creativity and planning, the medium of music can be a wonderful multi-sensory enhancement to virtually any setting. 

Thus, community advocates, managers, and officials across a variety of settings and locations are realizing the positive impact outdoor music environments can have. Not only are they beneficial for those playing the instruments, but they also offer benefits for those listening. Music promotes happiness and creates delightful experiences amongst users and listeners alike.

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