Outdoor fun at Lantern Hill

Myriad activities offer outlet during pandemic

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September 21st, 2020
Lantern Hill residents Linda and Doug Smith enjoy a game of bocce ball.

Lantern Hill residents Linda and Doug Smith enjoy a game of bocce ball.

The coronavirus pandemic has made many of our normal leisure activities and ways of socializing more difficult, if not downright impossible. However, during this challenging time, the outdoors has become a beacon of hope. There is evidence that coronavirus is less likely to spread outdoors, so activities that can take place in the fresh air have been a welcome respite this summer at Lantern Hill.

For those who want to get a little exercise, the bocce court offers a way to get moving outside and socialize with others while staying a safe distance apart in the open air. Biking, golf, walking, pickleball, and tai chi are also great forms of exercise that can be done outside safely at Lantern Hill, either solo or in small groups. 

The community garden and fire pits on campus are also popular venues for Lantern Hill residents to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air while remaining physically distant.

Indoor pool’s open too 

Everyone loves cooling off with a dip in the pool in the summertime, and Lantern Hill’s all-season pool is once again open. Community members are able to sign up for three, 45-minute sessions in the pool per week to ensure proper distancing. 

“It’s so nice to be back in the water,” says Lynn O’Neill. “Fitness Coordinator Melissa Sullivan and the Lantern Hill team have done a great job reopening the pool with the appropriate precautions in place.”

One of Lynn’s other favorite summer activities takes place right on her apartment home’s balcony, where she catches amazing sunsets every night. She shares the spectacular photos that she snaps in a New Providence community Facebook group. 

Entertainment events have been adapted to the outdoors, too. On June 5, residents enjoyed a concert by musician James Gedeon. He played 45-minute sets in three outdoor venues at Lantern Hill — the pool courtyard, Bell Pavillion bocce courts, and Union Square Fountain. Gedeon has opened for major recording artists, including America, Livingston Taylor, The Marshall Tucker Band, and Kenny Rogers as well as comedians Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld.

To learn more about vibrant senior living at Lantern Hill, request your free brochure to get the scoop on floor plans, pricing, and so much more. Ready to take a look at the endless amenities offered? Schedule a virtual or in-person visit

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