Growth Report: Water Lily Recreation Center and Chitty Chatty Recreation Area | Growth


Lifestyle amenities continue to expand in the Villages with Friday’s announcement of the opening of the Water Lily Recreation Center and Chitty Chatty Recreation Area, along with details of the 18-mile Southern Oaks Championship Course. holes and other equipment in progress.

The Water Lily Recreation Center includes a resort-style family pool, billiards room, meeting and gathering rooms, trails and paths, outdoor fitness equipment, covered pavilion, pickleball courts , shuffleboard, corn throwing and pétanque. It has a 9,700 square foot recreation building with a multipurpose room, card and game room, billiards and kitchen.

The Chitty Chatty recreation area includes a 7,978 square foot pool and deck, bocce courts, shuffleboard and corn toss. The playgrounds are perfect amenities for Jan and Rhonda Waters’ grandchildren when they visit. “They love doing that,” Rhonda said. “We also like the walking trail around the Chitty Chatty Reserve. We are so excited to be here in our new home.

Southern Oaks will be an 18-hole course nestled in a stretch of land along the eastern edge of Florida’s Turnpike. Scheduled to open in late summer or early fall 2021, it will become the Villages’ 13th championship circuit and the first to open in nearly seven years.

Also: The Villages announced that near the Southern Oaks Championship Course they are also building the Ezell Recreation Center and Sawgrass Grove, an indoor farmers market that will house other retail businesses, an entertainment venue and a restaurant.

The upcoming amenities are located on a site south of Warm Springs Avenue on the planned Meggison Road expansion east of Florida’s Turnpike.

Ezell will be a tribute to golf, said Tracy Morse, vice president of design for The Villages.

“We wanted to honor golf because The Villages is the largest golf community in the world,” she said.

Also: Villages are working closely, for example, with Village Community Development Districts on the design of the First Responder Recreation Center at Calumet Grove Village. The district plans to award the bid in December on the revitalization of a 9,154-square-foot former stock market hall on 19 acres. It will include a putt-and-play golf course.

Also: These new recreational facilities are part of the growing inventory of amenities that serve a population of 127,071 as of March 25 in villages in Lake, Marion and Sumter counties, according to The Villages. The Village Community Development District now owns or manages 1,400 facilities. This inventory includes 12 regional recreation centres, 29 village centers and 54 neighborhood centres; 11 sports pools and 29 family pools; six fitness clubs; 15 softball fields; 42 nine-hole executive golf courses; 202 pickleball courts; and much more.


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