Celebrate Amenities, Conservation in Stafford

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Byline: Michele Lerner, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Residents of active adult communities, where age is restricted to 55 or older, often main-

tain a full schedule of leisure, work and volunteer activities. Recreational amenities in active adult communities often include swimming pools, tennis courts and clubs where residents can share interests in reading, gardening, bridge, knitting and more.

Del Webb Corp. and Pulte Homes Inc. are developing an adult community called Celebrate near historic Fredericksburg in Stafford County.

Sales started at Celebrate in June 2005 when more than 120 homes were sold. Eventually, the community will have 1,200 homes. Sales were put on hiatus while the developers refocused their conservation efforts for the community, located a short walk from the Rappahannock River.

The Celebrate site plan was modified to protect conservation areas and to incorporate low-impact development into the community design, a system of rain gardens of native Virginia plants and low-lying trees. The rain gardens filter storm water, eliminating sediment before it enters the river. The gardens protect the environment while adding to the attractiveness of the community.

Construction has now begun anew at Celebrate. Some 7,000 people have signed up to be "VIPs" when the development has its grand opening. Sales will resume in April, but potential buyers can sign up for the waiting list now.

Celebrate, when complete, will include 1,200 homes and a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, an indoor walking/running track, a ballroom, arts and crafts rooms, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, boccie courts, tennis courts and a putting green.

A full-time lifestyle director will be on staff to facilitate activities. The community is adjacent to the Cannon Ridge golf course. Hiking trails lead to the Rappahannock River and historic sites are preserved within the community.

Old Town Fredericksburg is nearby, and plans call for a gondola system to be erected over the river to connect Celebrate with a planned eco-resort and to Central Park, a retail and entertainment complex that is planned to expand into a 3 million-square-foot commercial and retail development. …