Not only are we embarking on a new year when many of us take on lofty health-related goals, but we also continue to live during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have learned how important good health is when it comes to this disease. This is one reason we are so thankful for the many health benefits we get to enjoy at The Waters. In fact, The Waters is a traditional neighborhood development (TND). Do you know what that means or why it’s important?
What is a Traditional Neighborhood Development?
TNDs are also known as village-style developments. They include a variety of housing types, a mixture of land uses, an active center, a walkable design, and more. Neighborhoods like The Waters have a network of well-connected streets and blocks and a variety of public spaces. They have amenities such as stores, schools, and places of worship within walking distance of residences.
Some of the best benefits of TNDS include:
- Creates walkable neighborhoods
- Brings life to communities by allowing mixtures of uses
- Encourages transportation mode options
- Protects open space
- Preserves “village center” and public spaces concept
- Creates communities designed for live, work and play
- Reduces vehicle congestion
The Waters as a TND
Our neighborhood fits in as a TND in many ways. We focus on outdoor amenities, along with having other features close by, such as schools, restaurants, entertainment options, and more. The Waters is extremely walkable, and there are many destinations to explore while getting exercise, fresh air, and sunshine — all of which are crucial for good health.
A few of our amenities, activities, and destinations within the neighborhood include:
- Walking trails
- Tennis Courts
- Green space
- Parks & playgrounds
- Dog park
- Bike trails
- Kayaking & canoeing
We also have a fitness center in our Town Center, which provides easy access for working out without leaving the neighborhood. While this is a paid membership facility, the close proximity to home makes it more convenient than other gyms and worth the cost for many residents.
New Walking Trail at The Waters
For 2021, we are excited to announce one of our newest outdoors amenities! We have created a lake-side red rock walking trail that connects Welch Cove and Lucas Point. The new trail is about 2,000 ft long and will open up so many possibilities to explore the neighborhood even more! The trail “ends” at both sides and connects to a sidewalk. It winds through Pine Park and there’s even a fun little bridge.
We love being able to add new features such as the new walking trail to enhance our TND designation and improve the healthy living options for everyone at The Waters. We will be spending a lot of time outside in 2021, and we are very happy about that!