Mobile home parks are places where communities can either thrive or be a burden. With so many people living so close together, is it any surprise that mobile home parks have a reputation for being messy, loud, and unsafe?
Whether you’re a mobile home park owner, manager, or resident, you have a desire to see your mobile home park be the best it can be. You want it to be clean, safe, and full of people who are kind and helpful. But how do you start the process of fostering friendliness and community in your park? Today we have a few suggestions that will help you do just that.
Clean up junk and encourage responsibility
It’s well known that clean people are happy people! To encourage a good mood in your community, it’s important to start with small things like trash collection. The first step is leading the way by example. If you’re a park owner, keeping roads, walkways, and empty lots clear of litter, leaves, and other debris is important. If you have a manager under you who lives in the park, keeping his or her lot and mobile home clean and fixed up is also your responsibility (or at the very least, it the manager’s responsibility).
On the other hand, if you’re a resident, keeping your lawn clean, putting in beautiful landscaping, and removing trash quickly will encourage others to do the same. And regardless of your position in the community, you can take the initiative to schedule community clean-up days. Everyone grabs a trash bag and walks the yards and streets looking for trash. Prizes for the most trash collected can be motivators.
You may even want to consider hiring a junk removal business. All of the neighbors can chip in to pay the bill and have their trash collected at the same time.
Start a neighborhood watch program
Neighborhood watch programs are a great way to bring communities together toward a common goal. A neighborhood watch can be informal or you can register it with the National Sherriffs’ Association.
Keeping an eye out for illegal or suspicious activity isn’t the only benefit of a watch program. Organizing regular meetings between neighbors fosters a sense of community and a reliance on one another. The next time a neighbor has an emergency or needs a helping hand, you’ll be surprised how many new friends are willing to step up to the plate. A neighborhood watch can also become a formidable care force!
Start a community garden project
There’s nothing like fostering friendliness and community while getting your hands dirty. There’s something about gardening that brings people together. We suggest you start small. Maybe just a couple of DIY benches and a small raised bed full of flowers.
Next, you can ask your neighbors if they’d be interested in tackling a bigger project. If so, you can create, or petition your park owner to create, a space large enough for several families to plant vegetables, herbs, or whatever they desire. It doesn’t matter what you plant, the point is to create a common interest that will not only make your neighborhood beautiful and healthy but also help forge new relationships.
Add community areas tailored to tenants
If you’re an investor, attracting good tenants to your mobile home park community is your top priority. And if those tenants have private areas for recreation available to them at all times, they’ll be all the more invested in the community. A garden is a great idea, but what if there are other options that are even better matches for some of your tenants’ lifestyles?
Before you begin creating community areas, take into account the average age and lifestyle of your tenants. If you have quite a few young families in the park, a playground may be just the perk they need. A community swimming pool is always a good idea, as well. You could even think outside the box – a basketball court or a place where kids can skateboard are two great ideas for a community where young people are the dominant age group.
Becoming a community
Communities aren’t simply made up of a bunch of people who live close together. They must also be united by a common interest or goal. If you live in a mobile home park and you absolutely love it and want to keep it looking beautiful, chances are there’s another person on your block who feels the same way. Similarly, if you’re a park owner or manager, your goal is to attract responsible tenants who want to make and keep their neighborhood friendly, beautiful, and safe.
We hope these tips have helped you toward that common goal of fostering community in your mobile home park. Go make some new friends!