Pickleball on the tennis courts, outdoor ping pong tables, bike sharing and a 9-hole disc golf course are among the new amenities at Harbor Point on the Bay, the apartment complex on Dorchester’s Columbia Point. The new outdoor features are part of an effort to offset other amenities that have been forced to close temporarily as part of the covid-19 response.
“We took the approach to add new socially distant features to engage the residents and invite them outside to enjoy the waterfront location when many of the amenity spaces remained closed,” said Justin Holstrom, marketing director at Corcoran Jennison Management, which owns the property.
There are also new outdoor lawn games that can be borrowed from the open, but “socially distant” Fitness Center. Residents were found playing Corn Hole, Kan Jam, Bottle Bash just outside by the Dorchester HarborWalk.
The management also hired Boston-based Trova, an apartment community social engagement platform, to program virtual events such as Yappy Hour with pets, Netflix Watch Party and Trivia Nights. In April Trova hosted socially distant Clap Because we Care Friday’s at 7PM along with many other neighborhoods in the United States.
Regularly scheduled indoor fitness classes led by resident instructors have been moved outside to the waterfront while social distancing.
“The classes mean so much to the residents during what would otherwise be a very lonely time,” said Andrew Gosselin, a Harbor Point resident and fitness instructor.