What is Pickleball?
Apparently, it’s the new rage for active adults who are 55+.
I’ve never played it yet, but I’m told it’s a lot of fun. From what I understand, it’s kind of a cross between ping-pong and tennis.
Why do I mention this?
The park right next door to our Villas At Pioneer Crossing Subdivision has two pickleball courts.
New City Park Next Door
Is this park for kids or adults?
A few years ago, we bought several acres of land in Lehi just off of Pioneer Crossing and Center Street. We knew that the area could benefit from having one of our communities in this location, though the zoning didn’t allow for it.
Instead of giving up, we thought of a way to get our community in, while also improving the neighborhood by adding a new park. We presented this idea to the city and to everyone’s delight, they agreed.
Since we carved off the parcel of land from our own and donated it to the city, we discussed the crowd that would most likely use the park. With our community just next door, it was obvious that the park needed to cater to a more mature crowd.
While I know that depriving some of our residents of a slide, swing, and monkey bars will put us on their stink list, we hope that the amenities that this park gets, will make more of them even happier.
As I mentioned, we have two pickleball courts. If you’re familiar with this game, you may already be in love with it. If not, look it up. It’s becoming ever-more popular.
There’s also a walking trail, tennis court, and a horseshoe pit going in. And what park would be complete without a picnic pavilion. On the other side of the park, the city has hopes to put in a soccer field. It tends to get a little wet over there, so we’ll see.
Do our residents have easy access?
Because we’ve been instrumental in getting this park built, we’ve also included a gate from our community to the park for direct access. As soon as we finish building it, the city will take over.
This means that the maintenance of the park will directly benefit our senior community there, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods, but the Villas At Pioneer Crossing HOA will not be responsible for maintaining anything there.
This park ends up being a win-win for everyone around.
When will it be open?
Currently, the concrete for the courts and pavilion are in. The fencing is up, the walking tail is in. The pavilion still needs to be built and the horseshoe pit needs to be placed.
We put in most of the sprinklers last year, but still have a few to work on around the courts. If everything goes according to plan, we should be planting grass in the next month or two so that it can be thick turf by this spring.
As far as when it will actually be available for public use, I can’t say for certain, but we are getting much closer now. We’re excited to see it finished. It’s just one more reason why the Villas At Pioneer Crossing is the place for you, especially if you’re 55 or older, and enjoying a quality lifestyle during your empty nester years is something you look forward to.