This has been some 12 months. Since March 2020, John Knox Village health care administrators and management have worked diligently to keep residents and staff safe and physically distanced by following the most stringent guidelines suggested by health and government officials. The early vaccination program instituted at JKV which started in December 2020, has resulted in more than 90 percent of residents now fully vaccinated.

Amazingly, even during the past 12 months, the planned expansion and construction of the JKV Master Vision Plan was underway. Today, as the CDC has issued new guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated: “You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask,” JKV residents have started to take advantage of some of the highly-anticipated, newly completed amenities and services.

The Aquatic Complex Is Now Open

In early-March, residents got their first taste of the offerings at the Glades Grill, a casual Caribbean-inspired restaurant. Opened in the renovated Village Centre Auditorium, the Glades Grill overlooks the Aquatic Complex with its resort-styled walk-in pool, four-lane lap pool, two Pickleball and two bocce ball courts and the now popular Stryker’s Poolside Sports Pub.

Residents David and Twylah Haun joined with Harry and Joyce Wood for lunch at the opening of the Glades Grill. The enthusiasm David shared with us was as fabulous as his meal.

“We always have appreciated the quality of the meals served here at the Village,” David said. “Our meal on the first day of the opening of the Glades was fantastic. The service was outstanding, the surroundings so pleasant, and the food was delicious. We also have ordered food from the just-reopened Bistro, and feel their new menu matches or surpasses any menu at any restaurant in the area.”

As David scanned the entire Aquatic Complex just outside the Glades Grill window, he further added, “What an amazing complex we have added here to the Village. In my years as a minister, and in our visitations [to other retirement communities] when The Woodlands was being considered here at the Village, I never have seen a retirement community with an aquatic complex as grand as what we now have at John Knox.

“For anyone who loves to swim, or float, there is no facility around that matches what our Village offers. And even if water is not your thing, Stryker’s Poolside Sports Pub may be a worthy draw. Sincerest thanks to all who made it possible.”

As David predicted, Stryker’s Pub was a big hit during the St. Patty’s Day Happy Hour held at the Aquatic Complex. After a virtual yearlong lock-down, residents experienced all the Aquatic Complex has to offer with that special brand of JKV camaraderie. The entertainment was provided by Tir Na Greine, a talented group of Irish dancers, while residents raised their glasses to offer a collective hearty “Sláinte!”

The highly-anticipated JKV Aquatic Complex opened grandly with a St. Patty’s Day celebration. The Irish Dance troupe Tir Na Greine kicked off the festivities. Marty Lee photo.

Resort-Style Pool And Lap Pool

While the two new dining venues add to the wide variety of options JKV residents enjoy for daily meals, the hit of the Aquatic Complex opening are the two pools: Resort-style pool for aquatic exercise, fitness, and just cooling off, plus the four-lane lap pool for those seeking a more endurance-oriented activity.

Marsha Dixon, JKV’s Fitness Studio Manager, has scheduled the days and times for free swim sessions in both the resort and lap pools, plus scheduled water exercise classes.

Pickleball And Bocce Ball

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Cassels Tower resident Cecilia Dehlin was one of the first to play on the new Pickleball courts at JKV’s Aquatic Complex.

Dozens of residents are regular participants in the variety of exercise classes offered at JKV’s Fitness Studio. They have all been anticipating the opening of the swimming pools, and the Pickleball courts. Once the courts were completed and ready for play, Marsha and fellow fitness professional Jasmine Tennie worked the phones. Within minutes, both instructional sessions quickly filled with at least 10 participants each.

Since most JKV residents are new to Pickleball, the Fitness Department recruited Bob Savar to lend his talents. Bob has been playing Pickleball for several years and is a PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor.

Residents Jackie and Dave Bayer jumped at the opportunity to give Pickleball a try. “All of us were first timers,” Dave said. “We all need work on our mobility and eye-hand coordination, but that was why we were there. At this point, we are encouraged and enthusiastic. Pickleball practice may replace our morning walks.

“The Aquatic Complex is first-class in every respect. We also hope to do the water aerobics every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.”

With the opening of the much-anticipated Aquatic Complex, JKV residents will enjoy, not only a great venue for exercise and fitness, but also for sunning poolside and socializing in a COVID-careful environment. Add to that casual dining at both Glades Grill and Stryker’s Poolside Sports Bar, and you have the makings of the new focal point at John Knox Village.

Call the Marketing Department at (954) 871-2655 or click here to schedule a tour of the new JKV Aquatic Complex.

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