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Oak Crest completes major renovation of clubhouse

Town Center opens with three new restaurants, indoor pool, fitness center, and Friendship Park

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May 9th, 2018
Oak Crest’s Quarry Grille is open for lunch and dinner and features al fresco dining.

Oak Crest’s Quarry Grille is open for lunch and dinner and features al fresco dining.

If the last time you visited Oak Crest, Seinfeld was still on television and Bill Clinton was in the White House, it’s time to take a new look. The Erickson Living community just completed a multimillion-dollar renovation modernizing the campus to meet the needs of the active people who live there and attract the next generation of retirees.

“Oak Crest has been leading the way in retirement living in the area since we opened 23 years ago,” says Sales Director Jim Antonakos. “This revitalization project is the fruition of years of planning and development, informed by ideas and feedback gathered from both current and prospective Oak Crest residents. The end result: great new spaces, amenities, and services that are the most contemporary, innovative, and relevant in the marketplace.”

Three new eateries

Town Center, one of three clubhouses on the Parkville, Md., campus, received a complete facelift featuring three new dining venues, a new library and media center, hair and nail salon, fitness center, swimming pool, and a living “green” wall, also known as an indoor vertical garden.

One of the three restaurants, The Quarry Grill, named after the Campbell Quarry site the 87-acre campus was built upon, features three-season al fresco dining with an extended patio area. Community members can relax and listen to live music next to a fire pit. The new venue opens for lunch and dinner.

McHenry’s, a buffet-style restaurant named after Fort McHenry, connects to a brasserie named 1812 for the War of 1812. The casual eatery is open for dinner and specializes in small-plate appetizers like sausage-stuffed baby portabella mushrooms, prosciutto-wrapped melon with lemon frisee, roasted Vidalia onion soup gratin, and crab wontons.

High-tech fitness space

If you’re looking for a way to work off those delicious dishes, the newly redesigned fitness center is the perfect place to start.

It features twice the space of the previous fitness center as well as the latest technology and equipment designed specifically for the senior age bracket, including Matrix treadmills and ellipticals, SCIFIT Total Body Trainers, NuSteps, WaterRower HiRise rowing machines, HUR strength equipment, and CyberCycles (recumbent bicycles that feature a video screen displaying bike paths, virtual tours, and racing challenges).

Residents also have access to a separate personal training studio equipped with a TRX suspension training system and a group exercise room for groups like the community’s new pickleball league.

“All of the spaces in the new clubhouse are designed for maximum flexibility,” says Antonakos.  “For example, the exercise room can be easily divided to accommodate a yoga class in one room and a stretch class in the other or expanded into one large room for pickleball.”

Three full-time certified personal trainers are available during normal working hours. But to meet individual preferences of residents, the fitness center remains open 24/7.

For community members who prefer to swim, the new 25-meter pool holds more than 77,000 gallons of water—more than three times the amount of the pool it replaced—with multiple access points for swimmers of all abilities.

Residents can use the aquatics center for individual free swims or take group classes such as water aerobics and volleyball. There is even scheduled family time when they can invite grandchildren to use the pool.

A full-time lifeguard provides an added level of safety and comfort for users.

Following a swim, community members can relax in a hot tub and utilize the conveniently located locker rooms that feature showers and spacious changing areas.

“The fitness center and pool are at the heart of our commitment to providing the most modern amenities and convenient resources for the health and wellness of our residents,” says Mark Roussey, executive director. “Wellness is woven into every aspect of life at Oak Crest.

A walk in the park

The changes at Oak Crest aren’t limited to the indoors. A new outdoor venue, Friendship Park, features three putting greens; two lighted bocce courts; a walking trail; and an exercise court open to residents, family members, and employees. A gazebo and fountain add to the ambience of the park.

“Friendship Park radiates a beautiful first impression for those who visit our community,” says Roussey. “From morning to evening, it is a hub of socialization, wellness, and even friendly competition.”

To find out more about the exciting new changes taking place at Oak Crest and to schedule your own personal tour, call 1-800-584-5929.