When Northwestern University (NU) students go out into the city of Evanston, Ill. they usually frequent the restaurants and stores. Within the city, however, there are also many outdoor facilities available to NU. A number of beaches and parks, like Centennial Park and Dog Beach, are used by the university students. They use these spots to pass the time on the weekends or even for a change in scenery when doing their homework. No matter what the reason is, the parks and the beaches are an important part of the city. They also represent an essential common space in which the academic institution and the residents can have a healthy interaction.