The Third Place

Marimba Music

In his book, The Great Good Place, urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg observed that, in addition to their home and workplace, human beings need a “third place,” a public place where people of all ages and interests can enjoy one another’s company. Examples of third places include coffee houses, cafés, and bookstores. Oldenburg writes, “. . . when the good citizens of a community find places to spend pleasurable hours with one another for no specific or obvious purpose, there is purpose to such association. Further, the most important of the purposes or functions served by informal public gathering places cannot be supplied by any other agencies in the society.”

The mission of the South Whidbey Commons is to provide an intentional third place for the community to gather. The space, programs, volunteer- and job training opportunities are designed to build community and create connections. It’s a place to meet friends and make new ones.