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Densities for family housing projects, expressed in units per acre, are listed in Table 2-
2. Density ranges represent minimums and maximums for new construction, and other
acquisition projects, based on geographical location of the facility and target ranges for
existing housing areas. The program benchmark density should be the median value.
Table 2-2. Site Densities
Density Factors Number of Units per Acre
1. Suburban, moderately developed, and rural areas.
2. Developed urban areas, not included under "High" location.
3. Dense metropolitan areas and most overseas locations where land is not available to meet at
least medium density. Only in exceptional cases will high-rise building density of up to 40 units
per acre or 100 units per building be programmed.
PUBLIC RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND SITE AMENITIES
Each neighborhood, or cluster of housing units, should have open areas, picnic tables,
benches, children's play equipment, and other recreation facilities for common use.
Each neighborhood should have age-appropriate play lots for children, common open
areas, landscaped areas with trees, picnic area, sitting areas, walking, bike and jogging
paths, and other recreation activities for common use by the residents. Each housing
area should have specialized recreation facilities, including large open playfields and
courts, room for support facilities, bike, jogging, and walking paths, and wooded natural
landscape areas. Provide site amenities and recreational facilities as specified in Table
2-3, based on number of family housing units in the neighborhood. Playground
equipment and surfaces must comply with the following standards:
ASTM F1487 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for
Playground Equipment for Public Use
ASTM F1292 Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surface
Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment
ASTM F1951 Standard Specification for Determination of Accessibility of
Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment
For guidelines on safety of playgrounds, review CPSC Publication No. 325 Handbook
for Public Playground Safety.