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First-Ever Bike Rodeo: The Kick-Off to Start Summer Fun at Woodbury

Ride ’em, cowboys and cowgirls! Oodles of little buckaroos saddled up their bikes, fastened their helmets and hightailed it over to The Club in the Irvine village of Woodbury earlier this month for the first-ever Woodbury Bike Rodeo.

With one of The Club’s parking lots serving as the rodeo ring, children of all ages received tips in bicycle safety and handling techniques from officers of the Irvine Police Department. Afterward, many riders took advantage of the opportunity to practice what they learned and showed off their stuff on a specially constructed obstacle course. Proud parents and neighbors cheered from the sidelines.

This family-oriented morning event featured music and a fundraiser conducted by the Woodbury Waves Swim Team. Plus, Rock ‘n Road professional bicycle mechanics were on-hand to make minor bike adjustments and ensure the proper fit of safety helmets. Rock ‘n Road also donated a new bicycle for the lucky winner of the raffle grand prize!

“This free pre-summer event was a unique combination of bicycle safety training, fun and community spirit – great for the entire family,” said Kevin Chudy, general manager of the Woodbury Community Association. “Residents are already talking about making the Woodbury Bike Rodeo an annual event.”

Woodbury residents also participated this month in a Running Clinic and a Mother/Daughter Garden Party, and many families are expected to turn out for the Memorial Weekend Movie on the Great Lawn tomorrow evening. The fun doesn’t end there, as residents are looking forward to the Woodbury Dog Show scheduled for next month.

“These activities and more are what help to make living in Woodbury such a treat,” said Chudy. “The Woodbury Community Association, with great help from the Professional Community Management of California, Inc. (PCM), strives to make these activities both memorable and fun to keep the residents yearning for more.”

PCM is one of the nation’s largest community managers of master-planned, family-oriented and active adult communities. “With their support, we have plans to organize quarterly and holiday events as well as offer a wide range of activities, classes, lessons, and community clubs,” said Chudy. “This is just the beginning of our exciting agenda planned at The Club for the residents of Woodbury.”

The Club at Woodbury is a resort-caliber recreational and social facility reserved exclusively for village residents and their guests. Contributing to The Club’s resort ambiance and among its most popular activity centers are three beautiful swimming pools, highlighted by a Junior Olympic-sized competition pool with a grass seating area for spectators. This is the home pool for the Woodbury Waves Swim Team, which will host its first meet in June. Residents also enjoy a resort pool and spa with cabanas and barbecue, and a lagoon pool with adjacent “beach entry,” children’s water garden and wading pool.

Additionally, The Club includes four lighted tennis courts, a lighted basketball court with gated entry, a sand volleyball court, sunny courtyards and other social seating areas, an outdoor fireplace, a Great Lawn ideal for outdoor events, and two multi-purpose buildings available for private parties, one with a full kitchen.

The Club is part of The Commons, a 30-acre expanse located right in the heart of Woodbury, which also encompasses the 10-acre Woodbury Community Park. This City of Irvine public park features a soccer field, two baseball diamonds, two lighted full-sized basketball courts, a tot lot, picnic tables, play areas, and a community center building staffed by city parks personnel.

Woodbury Elementary School is now under construction in the final portion of The Commons. Irvine Unified School District officials anticipate a fall opening for the school.

Inspired by some of the nation’s most beautifully designed cities, the multi-award-winning village of Woodbury is a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly place with neighborhoods clustered in a variety of residential districts. Each district is designed with at least one signature park, square or garden – 13 planned in all – and other memorable places for socializing and play. Many of these gathering centers already have been completed.

For convenient shopping, dining and close-to-home services, Woodbury residents can walk, bicycle or drive to Woodbury Town Center, a 450,000-square-foot commercial center that is another focal point of village life.

Currently, residential opportunities are available in the Woodbury districts of Magnolia Square, Peppertree Square, Promenade Square, Cypress Square, and Laurel Square. Home prices start from the mid $400,000s, with sales underway in the following neighborhoods:

Bowen Court by California Pacific Homes, offering two-story detached courtyard homes with approximately 975 to 1,405 square feet.

Cortile by California Pacific Homes, offering two-story detached courtyard homes with approximately 1,030 to 1,497 square feet.

Four Quartets by John Laing Homes, offering one, two and three-story townhomes with approximately 1,132 to 1,745 square feet.

La Casella by Lennar Homes, offering two-story attached townhomes with approximately 1,514 to 2,498 square feet.

StoneTree Manor by John Laing Homes, offering two-story detached condominium homes with approximately 1,964 to 2,268 square feet.

Villa Rosa by Lennar Homes, offering two-story detached homes with approximately 2,615 to 3,161 square feet.

Mille Fleurs by Standard Pacific Homes, offering two-story detached homes with approximately 3,174 to 3,648 square feet.

Woodbury’s newest neighborhood, Andalucia, by California Pacific Homes, is scheduled to open in the fall, offering two- and three-story detached homes sized from approximately 1,961 to 2,596 square feet.

Named “Best Master-Planned Community of the Year” in four of the homebuilding industry’s prestigious national and regional awards competitions, Woodbury is one of the most honored communities in the nation.

Planned to encompass approximately 4,270 homes, Woodbury is designed with single-family detached residences, townhomes, condominium homes, and apartments. The village’s timeless architectural styles include Provence/Tuscan, Spanish/Monterey/Santa Barbara, and Formal Italian/Formal French.

To visit the village of Woodbury, exit the I-5 Freeway at Jeffrey Road and drive east to Long Meadow. Turn right on Long Meadow and enter Woodbury. For more information, visit The Homefinding Center at www.IrvineRanch.com or call (888) 820-0721 to speak with a Homefinding Center New Home Consultant.