The parks and open space system consists of a variety of sizes and types, allowing a mixture of uses for the community. The sizes, functions, configurations and locations of the parks are dependent upon their surrounding natural features, neighborhood demographics, and social/cultural needs. The different types are distributed across The Villages and Lawson Hills to service the entire community and provide easy and convenient access to all residents.
Community parks are typically an acre or more in size and are recreational destinations that serve community-wide needs. They contain larger active recreational uses such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, playgrounds and informal play fields and are used by all residents of the community.
Neighborhood parks are typically between .5 and 1 acre in size and differ from community parks in that they serve the smaller recreational and social needs of the neighborhood. Smaller in scale and amenities, they are a collection of residential-scale green spaces that accommodate a range of neighborhood activities such as small playgrounds, sitting and picnic areas including barbecues, and court sports such as basketball. These are locations where residents and guests of the community congregate and interact with one another and enjoy family gatherings.
Pocket parks are typically .5 acres or less in size and serve the informal needs of the immediately-adjacent residents. They provide very small, intimate gathering places and include tot-lots, seating areas or simply small gathering places for children to play. Pocket parks are located and sized to fit the unique characteristics of the neighborhood design.