Coffee Hour with Beat

This December Avalon Park Orlando will be celebrating the 25-year anniversary of its groundbreaking.  To commemorate this milestone, we will be putting together a special edition of the Avalon Park Sun in December which outlines in detail the process of building the town of Avalon Park from scratch.  Below is the snapshot of where we have come from and where we are now, to which we will expand on in the anniversary addition. 

 Live: 

 With housing options of all sizes and prices, including apartments, townhomes, single-family homes and assisted living, we are about 90% complete in this category.  Left to come is additional housing for seniors, and we are working on that right now with an age-targeted home option for active adults to be located on the “Flag Pole Lot.” 

 Learn: 

 All Avalon Park schools from elementary to middle to high school continue to rank as A-rated.  In fact, two schools, Avalon Elementary and Avalon Middle, have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools, meaning it is one of the top 300 schools in the United States!  Additionally, Pinecrest Avalon Park charter school in Avalon Park South Village provides an additional education option and is an A+ rated school.  Many families moved to Avalon Park because of its great schools and home price stability.  I believe that we continue to realize above-market prices, directly related to the outstanding performance of all our schools.  We will continue to grow the live category in our community with the addition of programming such as that offered at the Avalon Park Arts and Culture Center. 

 Work: 

 Commerce and jobs based on the size of Avalon Park are clearly above other communities of our size.  Today you can find a job starting at age 16 in one of the many restaurants and all up to be a high paid manager at some companies with worldwide reach, like Data Transfer Solutions, Avalon Park Group and more. The 5th Floor has attracted over 30 start-up companies, many Avalon residents this day work from home and appreciate having all their daily needs within the community. Work/Jobs is always a work in progress, and we will continue to work on this in Downtown Avalon Park. 

 Play: 

 While I love playing in Avalon Park, this category still has some room to improve.  We are missing a park, which was promised by the County for more than a decade!  We are missing a large pool, that our A-rated high school deserves, to be home when practicing instead of driving across town.  We are missing a larger YMCA or gym like in Downtown or Winter Park!  We are missing more football, baseball, and soccer fields!  

 But we do have….. 

 The BEST community events in central Florida, for more than 20 years, with world-class fireworks and activities for families and neighbors to interact. 

 Long-time social groups like Jet Setters, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, continue to create a great sense of belonging, as well as the addition of some new ones like the Sewing Club and the Avalon Park Arts and Culture Center. 

 And the Marketplace food hall has created a place for the community to gather.  With that addition, we now have 27 restaurants in Downtown Avalon Park, which gives us the largest number of restaurants in any of the new urban towns in central Florida. 

 It has always been and continues to be our philosophy that everyone belongs in Avalon Park.  We have spent the past two decades committed to that ideal by changing the way the world lives, learns, works, and plays. So, whether you live, learn, work or play, or all four, we want you to know that You Belong in Avalon Park and we are committed to that for the next 25 years and beyond.  

 We would like to ask you for your assistance in celebrating the last 25 years by sending us your favorite memories and pictures to be included in the anniversary edition. We want to see how you have been living, learning, working, and playing over your time in Avalon Park.  Please email your inclusions to Info@AvalonParkSun.com. 

 

Beat Kahli