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Help name Manchester's newest gathering space

In case you were wondering what will happen with the area where the Administration Building and fountain once stood, Alexis Young and Brady Forman have no intention of letting that space go unused.

Alexis, assistant vice president for facilities and auxiliary service, and Brady, grounds supervisor, have designed a new area for students to gather.
fountainAlong with a carpet of grass, the space will contain Adirondack chairs, fire pits and concrete cornhole boards for students. Other additions include patches of taller grass around the firepits to give them a more secluded atmosphere, some oak trees to replace those that fell during and after the Administration Building’s demolition, and additional lighting.

All this work – apart from the added electrical work for the lighting – will be completed by MU staff. This allows us to do the work economically and quickly.
Manchester University has also removed and intends to repair the fountain that sat behind the Administration Building. This reconstruction is due in part to a generous gift from the Class of 1969. The fountain will be part of the new green space under the trees.
Alexis said the space will offer students another a new gathering place, another “outside home.”
While the timeline for construction is not set in stone, she hopes this will be complete by the end of August, just in time for returning students to enjoy it. 

We’d also like to give it a name, so they can say something other than, “Meet me at the new place.” If you have a name suggestion for the new green space and refurbished fountain area, please contact Anne Gregory, director of communications, at

Suggestions so far include: Administration Memorial Plaza, Spartan Plaza, Spartan Patio, Green Plaza, The Courtyard, University Green, Spartan Green Space, Spartan Square, Ken and Viona Brown Community Space, Ikenberry Commons, The Ken & Viona Brown Gathering Space, The Planer/Traxler Common, The Gathering, Common Ground, Dr. Tinsley Memorial Garden, The Ad Hoc Commons, William Stafford Courtyard, Dr. Marcia L Benjamin Garden, MC Rendez-vous, The Green Space, Wampler Grove, Sadie's Haunt, Oak Grove, Oak Haven, The Landing, Students' Landing, Gladys Muir Circle, Manchester Courtyard, The Bonfire, The Park, Acorn Park, Shady Oaks Park,Ken and Viona Brown Peace Space,  Freedom Park, The Backyard, Camp Archer, The Max, Gladys Yard, Ken and Viona Brown Yard.

By Carly Greaves, academic intern in communications and media relations.