2017-05-18 / Real Estate News

Babcock Ranch inspires active living


Above: Babcock Ranch events and activities get everyone moving toward a healthier way of life. Whether with a group or on your own – the first five miles of trails welcome all to immerse themselves in nature. Left: Curry Creek Outfitters on Founder’s Square will equip you to test drive an active lifestyle. Grab a bike and take to the trails, or paddle out to join the weekly Paddle Board Yoga Class on Lake Babcock. Above: Babcock Ranch events and activities get everyone moving toward a healthier way of life. Whether with a group or on your own – the first five miles of trails welcome all to immerse themselves in nature. Left: Curry Creek Outfitters on Founder’s Square will equip you to test drive an active lifestyle. Grab a bike and take to the trails, or paddle out to join the weekly Paddle Board Yoga Class on Lake Babcock. Some people prefer to experience life as more of a spectator sport. Others take the full-contact approach – diving right in as full participants in every adventure that comes their way. From miles of trails, sparkling lakes and an activities calendar jam-packed with weekly, quarterly and annual events – the new eco-centric town of Babcock Ranch provides boundless opportunities for those longing to immerse themselves in an active, healthy lifestyle.

Located off State Road 31 north of the Lee County Civic Center, the solar-powered town being built by Kitson & Partners will include 19,500 homes, nearly 50,000 residents and six million square feet of commercial space. When pioneer residents begin settling into homes in the Lake Timber neighborhood later this year, they’ll discover a downtown district already vibrant with daily activity.

“The great thing about Babcock Ranch is that you don’t have to live here to be part of what we’re doing,” said Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners. “We’re creating a real hometown, an inviting place where people from all around the area can connect with nature and with each other.”

In addition to the natural amenities and expansive trails open for all to explore on their own, Babcock Ranch offers a variety of fitness classes free to any an all who want to shape up. From paddleboard yoga to bootcamp, activities director Michelle Churchill aims to provide a diverse menu of fitness activities for all ages and interests.

“Working out can and should be something to look forward to – not a chore to be avoided,” Churchill said. “It’s not just about healthy living. It’s about connections, being part of an experience that builds lasting friendships.”

Organized activities currently on the calendar include a Strength and Conditioning class every Tuesday at 10 a.m. that incorporates muscular strength and endurance workouts. The classes, held under the band shell at Founder’s Square, are free and no advance registration is required. Every Wednesday starting in mid-June early-rising running enthusiasts gather at 6:30 am for a weekly “Run at the Ranch.” At 5:15 p.m. each Wednesday, Churchill leads a full body workout at the Founder’s Square bandshell. Designed to develop all-around fitness, the free class includes cardio workout to music and utilizes resistance tubes and body weight exercises to increase core strength. Saturday mornings boast a series of free classes – starting with Bootcamp at 8:30 a.m. to burn calories while improving agility, flexibility and coordination. Meditation and Yoga classes start at 10 am each Saturday at the bandshell – and the weekly Paddleboard Yoga class launches at 11:00 a.m. If you don’t have your own paddleboard, the cost to rent one for the class is just $5.00. There’s more on tap for the summer. Starting June 13, Tuesday mornings will include a 9 a.m. Mom & Me Fitness Class where Moms, Dads and extended family members can enjoy an all-around body workout with their little ones. Weekly Aqua Fit classes in the Lake House pool at Lake Timber start July 10 at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning soccer camp for K-3 students runs from June 3 to July 1.

To learn more about the active lifestyle you can experience at Babcock Ranch, visit www.babcockranch.com. ¦

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