The school year is in full swing! While the summer heat is easing away and we’ve started to have some cool, fall days, your HOA community should remember that in just a few, short months we’re going to have winter upon us. Fall also brings more rain with it.
Driving in the countryside you will notice that some communities have added school bus shelters along roads leading out of the developments. If you think that your community’s children would benefit from this added protection and comfort, IKO Community Management has tips for building a community bus shelter.
- Notify the residents of your community of your plans. Invite their input into where the best location for the shelter would be. You’ll also need to survey your residents to see how many children would be utilizing the shelter. The number of children will decide what size shelter is required, and may even determine whether or not your community requires multiple shelters at multiple pickup points.
- Check your local guidelines to see how far away from the road the structure will have to be. You don’t want to build it too close to the road, as this will inhibit vehicles such as snowplows.
- Speak with parents at your child’s school, or inquire if anyone in the PTA has experience with building this type of shelter. Word of mouth will be a great tool for the success of this project!
- Use your resources. Do you have any handy men or women in your community that would be willing to help design and build the shelters? Would anyone in your community be willing to contribute materials or donate funds to the building project? Bring your community together for this project.
- When making plans, think of the shelter as a simple, miniature cabin. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it just needs to keep the kiddos out of the rain and snow.
- The basic shelter should include the following:
- o 3 sides
o Slanted roof
o Waiting bench
o Windows on both sides, to make it easier to see the bus approaching
o A door, especially for colder months
- Use pretreated wood or stain the materials so that they will be able to stand up to with elements.
- Here are some sample plans, but the great thing about this simple project is that it can be easily customized to fit your community’s style and needs.
o Bus Stop Shelter – list of materials
- If you would rather have a quick fix, it’s very easy to simply transform a storage shed into a bus shelter by adding a bench. You can still paint the shed to match your community’s color palette!
- After your shelter is finished, make sure that you plan yearly repairs and maintenance so that the shelter doesn’t become an eyesore. It’s also a good idea to have someone check the shelter weekly for any creatures that might scare the kids out of the shelter, such as spiders or wasps when the weather is still warm. Clear out any cobwebs and address nests immediately.
IKO Community Management hopes that everyone is having a great school year so far! While a school bus shelter may not seem like a priority, it’ll make a lot of kids in your community safe and comfortable all school year long, and especially during the winter months. Have a great fall and good luck with your new building project!