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Something planned for everyone

Ashby Ponds landscaping and activities are in full bloom

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April 23rd, 2014
Ashby Ponds’ gazebo at the Cardinal Pond and the nearby bocce ball court are a favorite hangout for community members and their friends and families.
Ashby Ponds’ gazebo at the Cardinal Pond and the n

Spring is in the air at Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va. As members of the tennis club dust off their rackets and devoted gardeners flex their green thumbs, the community celebrates with a renewed sense of energy, excitement, and unprecedented growth.

“Spring at Ashby Ponds—it doesn’t get better than that,” says community member Al Beyer. “Our beautiful campus offers many opportunities to enjoy blooming flowers, greening grass, and balmy temperatures. Walking, biking, or simply sitting on one of the many benches and soaking up some sun erases all memories of a long and snowy winter.”

Enlightening the senses

The opportunities to enjoy the outdoors are virtually endless at Ashby Ponds. Last year, the community introduced a new bocce ball court near the beautiful Cardinal Pond, which, in addition to considerable use, hosted a well-attended bocce ball tournament.

“My neighbors and I look forward to a variety of community-wide, warm-weather activities, such as the annual campus Olympics, barbecues, and family-oriented events,” says Al. “Taken together, these activities make life at Ashby Ponds truly enjoyable and satisfying.”

Community members David and Anne Johnson enjoy taking their daily walks outside as the weather warms. 

“I also enjoy gardening in the spring and summer months,” says Anne, “while David keeps busy with tennis and bocce ball.”

“This spring, we also look forward to hosting local family members for activities in the Cardinal Clubhouse and for a few meals here on campus with us,” says David.

Nancy Eisenbise also looks forward to visitors—of the bluebird variety. 

“Spring is a cherished season because I begin to look for the beloved bluebirds to return,” she says. “Their return to the six bluebird boxes at Ashby Ponds means our partnership resumes. For the next four to five months, a few friends and I will diligently provide protection from the house sparrows and snakes, and these beautiful, gentle bluebirds will provide entertainment as we watch them busily raise young families.”

Welcoming the birds of spring extends beyond the Ashby Ponds campus. As part of an ongoing partnership with One Loudoun, Loudoun County’s newest mixed-use downtown center, members of the Ashby Ponds woodshop crafted 12 bluebird boxes for placement in the center’s Central Park.

“We enjoy building items, especially those for a good cause,” says community member Greg Haggquist, who leads the woodshop’s efforts with One Loudoun. “We had a good time creating the bluebird boxes.”

New growth

This spring, new life also means new neighbors at Ashby Ponds. On March 20, the community celebrated the opening of its continuing care neighborhood, which provides 132 residences and offers assisted living, memory care, post-acute rehabilitation, and nursing care services.

“It’s an exciting time,” says Director of Continuing Care Amy Grossman. “Our entire team is thrilled to be able to offer new levels of service to the Ashby Ponds community. We have a beautiful home and a caring and talented team ready to serve our residents and guests.”

And in just a few months, Willow Crossing, Ashby Ponds’ newest residence building, will open its doors for the first time.

“You can feel the excitement in the air,” says Director of Sales Holly Henderson. “Willow Crossing offers eight new floor plan designs—all the result of market demand for large-sized apartment homes. We are eager to welcome our new neighbors.”

Time to join the party

During the spring months, many of the community’s more than 800 priority list members visit the campus and attend special priority list events. 

“We are also offering a new, special event for our priority list members in the fall,” says Henderson. “We’re inviting them to tour Willow Crossing before the first residents move in. Priority list members also have the opportunity to take a survey that will help Ashby Ponds plan and prepare for future growth.”

Amidst all the bustle of activity at Ashby Ponds this spring, one thing is certain—something is planned for everyone. 

“Spring is a wonderful time at Ashby Ponds,” says David. “There is so much to do. I’m thankful for all the events and activities. The friendships my wife and I have developed while taking part in these activities are wonderful. Everyone is so congenial.”