An active community

Published 10:04 pm Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Riverfront at Harbour View is known for its abundance of activities year-round.

“Just because the pool closes in September, it doesn’t mean we don’t have activities in the winter months,” said Pam Sweet, club manager and activities director of the community’s swim clubhouse.

Several of the community’s activities are open to the community, even though pool and clubhouse usage requires a membership, which is optional for residents.

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Developed by East West Communities in the spring of 2000, the clubhouse membership system was put in place to accommodate the large community.

“We wanted to make the resident club a year-round membership,” said Mark Edwards, senior vice president and broker for East West Realty. “We knew there would be people who wanted to join.”

Prior to the Riverfront, East West established a similar system at Gatling Pointe, one of the developer’s first communities in the area. However, at Founders Pointe, another one of the developer’s communities, clubhouse membership is included in homeowners’ association dues.

The reason for this was due to the community’s smaller size, with only 300 homes, in comparison the Riverfront’s 1,300-plus.

“It’s unusual for a neighborhood with 300 homes to have a complex like that,” Edwards said. “We built it and gave it to the community — everyone is a member.”

Among the array of events hosted at the Riverfront clubhouse, many of which require memberships, Sweet mentioned a handful of seasonal events were the most popular.

In the summer, the Dive-In movies and Fourth of July Celebration Picnic are a hit. However, for the former, attendees have to be members, because they take place by the community’s pool.

Also, during the summer, the clubhouse hosts several camps and programs. Golf, tennis, swim, aqua fitness programs are among the many options available. There are also themed activities and programs for younger children to participate in.

For the movie events, the clubhouse rents a giant inflatable screen and guests can watch movies from their water rafters.

During the winter, the Holiday Open House is very popular. Additionally, the Cheers and KiDZ ZoNe events are sprinkled throughout the year and also bring in sizable crowds.

Cheers events range from chili cook-offs to game nights. The kids’ events include s’more and pizza nights, game nights and array of other activities.

The clubhouse houses several clubs including yoga, book and golf clubs. There is even a club called Prime Timers, which is dedicated to residents ages 45 and older.

In recent weeks, the clubhouse hosted several fall and Halloween events. Next month, the community will host its 13th annual Turkey Trot 5K Run and Walk.

The event, taking place at 9 a.m. on Nov. 19, is open to all and even welcomes furry friends.

In its beginning years, the race has benefited organizations such as the American Cancer Society and local food banks. In the last six years, the event has raised funds for the Suffolk Humane Society.

Sweet said last year’s race raised more than $4,500 and hopes to surpass the total by $1,000 this year.

Sweet assured the “neighborhood itself is very active.”

Several testimonies from Riverfront residents validated the strong sense of community.

“The reason we moved to the Riverfront was for the sense of community; we also appreciate the on going activities for all ages,” the Tanner family stated. “We love it here!”

“As a single mother moving to Virginia from out-of-state, I was drawn to the Riverfront because of the opportunities it offered to my family,” Jan Dolan stated. “I love the year-round activities offered, as well as the sports for my athletic boys. After living here for a year, the added benefit was great friends and a fabulous sense of community!”

For more information about the swim club, contact Sweet at 483-3906 or The Riverfront is also on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.