Once you get settled into your new home you then need to start LIVING. Let’s check out your neighborhood’s amenities. If you live in McKee Ridge or The Palisades
• McKee Ridge neighborhood has memberships available at The Palisades Country Club Pool. The swim area encompasses a zero entry pool with perimeter sitting bench for parents, twin two-story slides, Jr Olympic length pool with 6 lap lanes, kid’s pool and splash pad along with expansive deck areas. The Club-managed pool has water aerobics classes and a Club Swim Team – The Palisades Piranhas – with a professional coach. The facility has food and beverage service including beer & wine.
• The Palisades neighborhood has memberships in the Palisades Private Residents Club located across from Palisades Episcopal School on Palisades Parkway. The 6000 sq ft facility have a competition pool with tower slide, kiddie pool, fitness center, game room and sports courts. With two covered porches and an enormous pool deck your whole family will enjoy playing in the sun.
• The Catawba Yacht Club (at the end of Youngblood West) offers skulling lessons in one- or two-person boats. They also have sailing and rowing team you can join. They provide family-oriented sailing and docking facilities for members. www.CatawbaYC.org
• If you have access to a boat and are not a member of Catawba Yacht Club, the easiest boat launch site is 10 minutes from home at the Buster Boyd Bridge (Hwy 49). Boat storage is available at the bridge also.
McKee Ridge and The Palisades neighborhoods have lots of land based outdoor activities, too
• There are seven marked trails offering 4 ½ miles of easy to moderate wilderness trails in The Palisades connecting to miles of pave sidewalks & multi-use walks.
• McDowell Nature Center and Preserve, across York Rd from the waterfall Palisades entrance monument, is a 1,116 acre nature preserve and park, with an educational facility, 56 reservable campground sites, two playgrounds, over 7 miles of nature trails and a 20-ac Island with fishing piers and boating access. Cyclists can use the paved roads but not the nature trails.
In the north end of Mecklenburg County at our Brookline neighborhood you’ll find a close knit group of neighbors within the gated walls.
• Since yard maintenance is provided by the Home Owners Association you should have plenty of leisure time to sit in the pocket park by the fire pit and reflect on your day. Or wander down to the Bocce Court to challenge a neighbor to a spirited round or two of Bocce Ball. It is time to crown the next neighborhood winning team.
• Are you itching to get out on the water? If you have access to a boat, the nearest boat launch is available at the Neck Road Access 14 minutes away on Mountain Island Lake.
• For land based activities try Hornets’ Nest Regional Park. Only 1.6 miles from Brookline, Hornet’s Nest is 140 acres with an 18-hole disc golf course, softball fields, tennis courts, volleyball and basketball courts and a BMX bicycle track. Hornet’s Nest also has a small fishing pier on the 3-acre pond.
• For a more relaxed day in nature try Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, just six miles away. The 1464- Preserve includes Historic Latta Plantation (a historic farm and plantation home), Carolina Raptor Center, Nature Center, an Equestrian Center, picnic area, two canoe access points into Mountain Island lake, a fishing pier and 16 miles of hiking trails, of which 13 miles are open to equestrian use.
In south Charlotte at our Jefferson Park neighborhood, look no further than next door to the Levine Jewish Community Center (JCC). You do not need to belong to a Temple to join the JCC Fitness Center. With membership you get access to the state-of-the art fitness center, tennis courts, pools, group exercise rooms, arts & craft studios and sports programs for youth and adults. The indoor and outdoor pools at the JCC are phenomenal. They offer a JAWS Swim Team, a swim school, water aerobics and water therapy programs.