TRAVEL HERE: THEY BUILT VITRUVIAN PARK, SO WHERE IS EVERYONE
On Sunday afternoon, hubby and I visited Vitruvian Park in Addison, a huge master-planned, multi-use project with high rise apartment buildings, but it felt sort of like a post-apocalyptic movie where only the people are missing. We’d passed by it a few weeks before and wondered what was being built. This weekend, we found out it’s already built, but no one knows about it.
Well, that’s not completely true. A few hints of humanity could be found, but only a few. There were some kids playing beach volleyball in a park across the canal and we did happen by a few souls who, like us, were out walking their dog, but it was otherwise so eerily vacant, that we had to wonder if the other dog-walkers were zombies.
You can tell by the photos we took that this is a beautiful place – and I have to brag here. We’ve graduated to smart phones and took these shots with them. The phones can’t compare to our Nikon D-3100, but it beats the heck out of flip phones – especially since we didn’t have a data plan and whatever picture we took had to stay there.
Anyway, the community is a wonder of modern architecture and landscape. The Savoye Apartments are complete and have outdoor furniture on some of their patios, so one can assume they’re occupied. Another complex, Fiori, isn’t completed yet. According to the Vetruvian website, this is just the beginning of a European-inspired village within the town of Addison.
My hubby, the wannabe criminal, found an unlocked gate into Savoye, so we strolled around the pool. Apartment living wasn’t like this when I was single! It looked liked we’d wandered into a five star resort. There were several pools with high-quality chaise lounges, an outdoor TV room, a fire pit, deluxe bbq grill and more – but no one was enjoying any of them. What a waste!
The master-planned community is built on two levels. At street level are the entrances to parking garages and some retail establishments. Down below is the canal. We climbed down a stairway to get to the canal and fell in love. Even if you’re not looking for a place to live, you need to come check out this esplanade along the canal. It’s really lovely.
Making the circuit we strolled down to a tree-lined section of the creek. Crossing a pedestrian bridge, the trees reflecting on the water gave a momentary sense of a rural setting, but then the volleyball players yelled and the red bridge caught my eye. Continuing our ramble, we passed an island in the canal, connected to everything else with a bridge. I can see it as the perfect venue for a small wedding or a stage for a concert. Another island wasn’t connected to anything and Bill wondered how they mowed it.
About that time a quartet of four teen-aged males appeared and approached the island. They tossed their backpacks across the water and then jumped over. To make the gap, they backed away from the water’s edge, ran down the hill and gave the jump all they had. Once they’d all made it, someone pointed out that they wouldn’t have the running start on the island and would have to jump uphill. Their nervous laughter echoed across the water. I’m happy to report that all returned to mainland unharmed, but their momentary panic gave us a chuckle.
Making the turn and heading back to our car, we appreciated the tree-shaded patio with table and chairs and imagined how charming it would be if anyone were actually using it.
Vitruvian sounded vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t put a finger on it. Seems Virtruvian lived in the first century and literally wrote the book on architecture. His principles are still studied today. However, the real reason we remember Mr. Vetruvian today is our friend Mr. da Vinci. His familiar drawing of a man in a circle with multiple arms and legs is called the Vitruvian Man.
So next time you’re out walking your dog, go see Vitruvian Park. You won’t have to worry about fighting any crowds.