Community Life….Respect and Care for Residents
A rich and diverse community life is at the heart of Centennial’s plan. We are striving to create a framework for civic involvement and to have the basic ingredients for a full community life in place when the first families move in. Schools, shopping districts, as well as civic and recreational facilities are all a short walk from home, and will be built along with homes in each village as construction phases move along. A rich bounty of civic and public spaces will nurture all aspects of community life. Gathering places like village squares, gardens and recreational fields will invite visiting with neighbors, enjoying a pick-up game or simply spending time with friends. Nearby medical offices and healthcare facilities will offer convenience and peace of mind in case of emergencies. Teenagers will have job options at restaurants, shops or entertainment venues. They may also attend a college at Centennial as it matures.
Approximately 74 percent of Americans do not regularly engage in physical activity and the number of children who walk to school has declined 60 percent since 1980. In light of these statistics and related concerns about the growing health problems caused by obesity, we are looking at how Centennial’s planning can influence the health of our residents. Critical elements in reversing these trends are design features that will allow children to walk or bicycle safely to schools, and placing parks and recreational facilities in close proximity to homes.
Centennial is planning to include eight elementary schools, two high schools, a library and numerous parks ranging in size from small pocket and neighborhood parks to community and sports parks. Further, every home will be within one-half mile of a neighborhood park or a village green. Schools, the library and parks will be integrated into a pedestrian-friendly network and streets that will safely and easily accommodate bicycles and pedestrians. Other anticipated on-site community services are three fire stations, a sheriff station and two transit centers.
We are working to position Centennial in the vanguard of new towns that promote healthy lifestyles, education and lifelong learning, and social interaction. Social infrastructure will be built into the community and can range from using open space for farmers’ markets, community events, 4th of July celebrations and harvest festivals, to showing movies on the green along with educational programs at the community center. In short, Centennial will be filled with components and activities to satisfy the “body, mind and spirit” of our residents.