At this time, the District has several large projects underway to enhance the lives of our residents. These projects are all reviewed by the respective District Committees (Amenity Authority Committee-AAC and Project Wide Authority Committee-PWAC) as well as their parent Boards.

The responsibilities of the Boards and Committees are far-reaching as they work to enhance the recreational opportunities of our residents! Their vetting process encourages public input which enhances each project as the resident users always have suggestions for improvements beyond our traditional design standards and value engineering phased reviews.

The largest project under design is the First Responders Recreation Center just off of County Road 42 and behind the Baptist Church. The District is substantially complete with the construction plans (for interior renovations, exterior modifications, and site work). Last month, we briefly reviewed the progress of the plans with the AAC. These plans depicted an 18-hole Putt and Play Golf Facility, an outside campfire setting, extensive exercise and walking trails, various open-play courts, and a resort-style pool. The site of approximately 20 acres will showcase “new and different” recreational opportunities as defined by the AAC subsequent to several Community Input Sessions. We can look for the facilities to open in the Spring/Winter of 2022.

A smaller, but nonetheless important, facility is being offered for competitive bid for construction at the existing Mulberry Canine Park (17208 Belle Meade Circle) along our northern power corridor. The masonry structure will feature a shade structure designed after the Dudley Canine Structure south of SR 44 in District 12. The construction is projected to be awarded in October or November with a construction schedule to be determined.

In addition, the Project Wide Advisory Committee and the Sumter Landing Community Development District have authorized, this fiscal year (October 1 through September 30), the design of a walking path from the existing exercise loop behind Lake Miona Recreation Center (1526 Buena Vista Blvd.) north along the east side of the marsh and lake and beneath the grandfather live oak stand of trees. This bucolic section of District property offers unparalleled views of nature including marsh and lake habitat waterfowl along what will be a 1.3-mile walk from start to finish. This project will be presented to the Committee and Board for design review and a possible construction start as early as the fall of 2021.

The District’s Rio Grande Air Rifle Range has been entirely rebuilt at 1220 Rio Grande Avenue. It is a 3800-square-foot facility that has been designed for both leisure and competitive shooting. At any given time, there are twenty-four shooting positions at the range and five shaded benches. The site design was modified with input from expert shooters with regard to competitive shooting and visibility.

Looking south, the Brownwood Woodshop (across from Eisenhower Recreation Center and physically located at 3601 Buena Vista Blvd.) is in the final phases of construction. This structure of just over 10,000 square feet will offer a state of the art second woodshop for residents of The Villages. It is being constructed as a partnership with the Resident Lifestyle Group providing the interior equipment, the Developer having donated the property, and the District providing the structure and site improvements. The Brownwood Woodshop will be a golf cart accessible facility and will offer 44 vehicle and golf cart parking spaces with an opening date in the winter of 2021.

The final project is the design of a second phase of the multi-modal path way-finding signage. This second phase will pick up the final byway path spurs that serve as neighborhood connections to our more major trails and provide general way-finding signage for residents accessing these spurs.

These capital improvements do not include the many smaller capital projects completed on Recreation Center roofs, the addition of a restroom at Shay Gate, aquatic access chairs for pools, street resurfacings, and the like. The District appreciates the lifestyle within The Villages and strives to maintain your quality of life.