The dog days of summer are almost here, and with that, you’ve about run out of time to get your park ready for summer. If you need a few ideas on where to start with your summer preparations, we’ve got your back.
Getting your park ready for summer
In light of the summer weather activities on the horizon, you’ll need to get your ducks in a row for a happy mobile home park community.
Clean the premises
Before things get too hot, capitalize on the opportunity to get the park cleaning up in time for summer fun. That pool could use some elbow grease, and so could the park and open areas. Maybe the rains have brought in debris that needs to be picked up. Walk around the park and look at the place with the eyes of a newcomer, then you’ll be able to pick out that trash you’ve walked by a million times without a thought.
Make plans for a block party
There’s something special about community and it really does make a difference in a mobile home park. You can cultivate a greater sense of community by getting the ball rolling on a block party idea. Find a volunteer or two to help you head up the planning.
As far as block parties go, there are many ways you can go about it. You can have a theme for your party (beach, pirate, Hawaiian, patriotic, etc.) Once you’ve established a theme, you can settle on a time, day, and place.
If you have a community center you could have your block party around the building or at your park. Should you not have either at your park, see about blocking off part of the neighborhood road for your party. Talk to your community and see what works for everyone.
So now that you have a vague idea of the direction of your party is going, you can flesh out more details. Try recruiting volunteers to pitch in with games and crafts that fit the theme of your block party. Some residents may be interested in creating balloon animals or painting the kids’ faces. You could even host a contest for best-decorated bike or front porch, in light of your theme.
Remove fire dangers
Naturally, the summer heat can pose a danger if things are in place for a wildfire to ravage your property. Remove dead or dying leaves, sticks, and shrubs from the area. Regularly mowing your lawn and hauling away debris will also help keep the place safe. Trim branches so they’re not overhanging your mobile homes. Keep flammable liquids safely stored. For other ideas, check out farmers.com.
Spruce up the pool or tennis area
Thankfully, many mobile home parks have a pool or tennis area for summer fun. A dirty and ill-kept pool or tennis court can pose a danger to residents and their families. It’s time you cleaned out that pool and took care of any maintenance before the summer fun starts. Same goes for that tennis court.
Send tips for water usage
Because draught poses a real danger to many communities, it’s every homeowner’s responsibility to ensure their home is making wise water use decisions. As a trailer park owner, you can help your residents be water-conscious in their day-to-day use of their water hook up.
If you put together a little flyer briefly plotting out some tangible tips for mitigating water waste, we’re sure you’ll see more effort in that direction. Especially if you’ve done your part to build rapport with your residents.
Deal with mosquito habitats
There’s something unnerving about the little beasties. Mosquitoes are carriers of disease and they know how to leave an insufferable itchy bump when they bite. These pests can easily pose a threat to humans and pets. Do your part by ensuring your park is not a haven for such a nuisance.
To begin with, identify those places that collect stagnant water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in any handy standing pool of water. So those gutters that are obstructed and collecting water? Yes, you’ll want to clean those out. Look out for any neglected buckets and containers left out to collect and sit with water. Those are great breeding grounds for mosquitoes and need to be dealt with.
Send out a friendly reminder of park rules
Along with the summer comes the summer noise and activities that may be annoying to others. It’s time to go through your mobile home park’s rulebook and highlight the rules that may be forgotten in the summer excitement. Send out a friendly reminder to your residents bringing these rules to their attention before things get out of hand.
Socialize as you mark off your checklist
Finally, don’t forget to kick back and relax with your residents. Having a good relationship with your community is important. With the summer season on the horizon, it’s easy to catch sight of your neighbors as they are more active during this time.
Take advantage of the opportunity to chat with them and get a feel for their concerns and hopes for the park. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find out, and you’ll be glad to open the doors of communication to share some ideas with them.