Design Guide: Recreation Centers Case Studies January 1976
ities such as chess, table games, letter writing,
(3) Small Group. During the week, patrons
record and tape listening, small meetings, etc.
have displayed a great deal of interest in
and should be spatially divided into smaller
self-generated activities, especially billiards and
configurations scaled to the group sizes.
card playing, which are expected to attract
about 50 participants each in the new Center.
(3) Small Group Activities. Small group
There will usually be one card and pool
space must be programmed to allow activities
tournament each week with as many as 50-60
to overlap in each space; the central program
entrants and spectators expected.
area can be used weeknights to house larger
activities (rap sessions, card tournaments, etc.).
The Center also operates some informal classes
on "cooking for fun" (15 people) and rock
One enclosed multipurpose space is required to
collecting (10 people). TV viewing is not as
house approximately 30 people involved in
popular as other small group activities; it may
noisy activities (combo practice) and private
draw 25 people per night. A rap session about
activities (meetings and "slimnastics"). One
social awareness topics will involve 20 people
open multipurpose space is required to house
per week and an informal combo practice (5
1 0 p e o p l e f o r recorded music listening,
persons playing, 15 spectators) will take place
informal classes, and writing; four private
carrels are also required.
(4) Special Interest. Groups currently meet
Two TV lounges are required to accommodate
three nights per week for coin collecting, skiing,
50 viewers for two local channels. Large TV
and rock hunting. Since this program is
events can be viewed in smaller lounges with
relatively new, interest must be generated to
portables or a large projection screen in the
increase participation from the 20 members
central program space.
each club has now. There is also a "slimnastics"
(4) Special Interest Programs. Since these
class specifically for enlisted wives which meets
programs are new, they should occur in open
in the early evening.
areas such as the central program space, lounge
(5) Refreshments. Since the Center will be
areas, or multipurpose areas to attract new
located within walking distance of a full service
PX facility, the only refreshment activities
which will occur are snacking during regular
hours and special refreshments provided by the
Center for special events and festivities.
d. SPACES REQUIRED. The following spatial
requirements have been derived from current
and planned Center activities and programs.
(1) Administrative Offices. As recom-.
mended in Chapter 4.
(2) Large Group Activities. The central
program space should be sized to a maximum
of 250 people for movies and dances:
Movies: 250 x 8 SF/person
Dances: 250 x 15 SF/person
Because some dance-related activities can occur
in lounges (sitting out, socializing, taking
refreshments), the central program space should
be reduced by 20%.
During the week the central program space will
accommodate a variety of self-generated activ-