You remember recess? We live young all day long here in SunRiver. There is no teacher here saying when you can and cannot play. I is up to you. And there are plenty of ways to have fun.
The central clearinghouse for all this fun is the 35,000 square-foot community center. If you have an interest, hobby or passion, you will most likely find a group or club that shares your interest at the community center – everything from pottery to motorcycles!
You will see it the moment the sun rises over the red rock hills of St. George, Utah, with residents out for a walk, a r un or a bike ride passing each other with the universal smile and wave. Or a group of friends gathering on the first tee, ribbing each other like a bunch of high school buddies. You’ll find it at a community center alive with yoga classes, water aerobics, dancing and the passionate pursuit of a host of hobbies.
The sounds of the morning are also punctuated by the fast action on the pickleball courts and the unmistakable thwack of a tennis racquet. I’ts another get-up-and-have-a-good-time day at SunRiver. Another day to think young, act young and Live Young.
SunRiver residents live a lifestyle that includes fitness, learning, play, friendship, sports, volunteerism, competition, travel and patriotism. They are active in their community, enjoy their hobbies and other people. They choose to live their lives young!
Serving as the social hub of SunRiver is the luxurious Community Center, a 35,000 sq ft multi-purpose facility packed with plenty of invigorating activities. From tennis to golf, lawn bowling to swimming, aerobic fitness celebrations, the Community Center is the focal point of activity.
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Throughout the community, the 18-hole golf course winds its way past charming homes, walking paths, even a stream nearly 1/4 mile long. And although the visual appeal of the community’s beautiful landscaping and quality built homes is impressive, it’s the people who choose to make SunRiver their home that make this community truly remarkable.
That’s a rhetorical question at SunRiver St. George, which one of our residents aptly described as a cruise ship parked on land. There is always something to do here or someone to meet. Do as much as you like. Or absolutely nothing at all.
Our community center is a magnetic place drawing our residents together to exercise, laugh and learn. The indoor and outdoor swimming pools are inviting all year long.
At any given time, you’ll find residents playing bridge in one of the game rooms, shooting pool in the billiards room, learning new skills in the computer lab, relaxing after a workout or, well, just ‘hanging out’ and having a good time.
Throughout the year, SunRiver St. George hosts events, festivals, concerts and more! Event highlights include:
Clubs create their own rules, and many offer activities – some that are private to Club members and others that are open to the entire Community. Clubs receive event assistance and room priority by the staff at the SunRiver Community Center.
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CARDS & GAMES: Bingo, Bridge, Chess, Hand and Foot, Mexican Train Dominoes, Pinochle, Sunday Games, Texas Cards
CRAFTS: Arts and Crafts, Beading, Carving, Humanitarian, Lapidary, Painting, Pottery, Paper Crafts, Quilting, Woodworking
DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMANCE: Square Dancing, Jazz Dancing, Dancing to the Oldies, SunRiver Singers, Jam Session, Theatre
GOLF: Men’s Golf, Ladies Golf, Couples Golf
LIFESTYLE: Casual Dining, Meditation, Investment, Pets, Singles, Red Hatters, RV Travel
PATRIOTIC: American Legion, Auxiliary, Veteran’s Honor Park
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: Computers, Photography, Science
SPORTS, HEALTH & FITNESS: Bicycling, Bocce Ball, Bowling, Hiking, Horseshoes, Lawn Bowls, Pickleball, Table Tennis, Tennis
Residents are especially enthusiastic about the opportunities offered by Dixie State College through its Institute for Continued Learning (ICL).
In addition, many residents have discovered the Zion Canyon Field Institute at nearby Zion National Park, where an intriguing range of 1, 2, and 3-day classes are offered focusing on wildlife, geology, botany, landscape photography, and regional history. And closer to home, the St. George Senior Center offers classes that often supplement those available right here in SunRiver. Clearly, at SunRiver St. George, our “active adults” are exercising both mind and body.
The NewLife Fitness Center is packed with state of the art fitness equipment; however, it is the NewLife Fitness Program that makes the difference.
Your assessment focuses on use of equipment, exercise education and workouts based on your abilities. Once you are a part of the NewLife Fitness Program you receive ongoing supervision and support with follow-up assessments to track your personal progress. You will see dramatic results and be motivated to exercise through participation in the NewLife Fitness Program! Come give it a try!
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St. George is known as the “Gateway” to National Parks such as Zion’s National Park, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon and many more beautiful state parks. The city borders the northern Arizona state line, and is located between the towns of Santa Clara and Ivins to the west and Washington to the east.
The core of the city, including its downtown, Dixie State College, convention center, and hospital, are located in a small valley overlooking the Virgin River and surrounded by low lava and sandstone bluffs.
The city’s southern section, Bloomington and SunRiver St. George, is more typical of the Mojave Desert, with desert scrub and gravel dominating the landscape. The southeast part of the city contains some farming along the Virgin River, but like the west and northwest parts of the city has become increasingly dominated by suburban-style development.
Washington County is endowed with mild, low humidity winters with over 300 sunny days per year. The desert climate, elevation of 2760 feet, promotes year-round recreation and leisure activities, including golf, tennis, fishing, waters sports, hiking, bicycling and more.
St. George benefits from having a balanced population base. Although renowned as an attractive retirement haven, there is much more to St. George than retirement communities. There is youthful energy found throughout Southern Utah!
St. George is also home to many bustling families of all sizes, as shown in the chart to the left, where 29% of the population is under the age of 18. Students at Dixie State College also add to the mix.
This demographic diversity gives St. George a vibrancy and vitality that is missing in many communities. In St. George, it is found throughout all the programs and amenities available – in recreation, arts, shopping, athletics, parks, education and much more!
There are a total of 57,734 housing units in Washington County. Of those, 80% – or 46,411 – are located in the City of St. George. 73,666 people live in owner-occupied homes, and 34,929 people live in renter-occupied homes
The ethnic and racial makeup of St. George is largely the result of a legacy population of early English and European settlers. Today, however, 9% of the local population hails from a divergent cultures and races. No matter where you are from, you will feel welcome and comfortable calling St. George home!
The St. George area is surrounded by beautiful red rocks that contain a network of approximately 35 miles of hiking and bicycling trails, three reservoirs and numerous parks, baseball & softball complexes, soccer fields, etc. There are also indoor and outdoor city pools, 13 public and private golf courses. For anyone seeking an active, year-round outdoor lifestyle, St. George is the place to be.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS or “Mormon”) is the predominant religion in St. George, although other faiths are well represented. The St. George temple of the LDS church is a gleaming white icon for the city, set against the surrounding red hills.
Crime is generally very low in St. George. According to CityRating.com, violent crime in St. George is 71.58% lower than the national average, and the property crime rate in St.George is lower than the national property crime rate average by 32.2%.
As recently as 2004, St. George was rated the “Most Secure U.S. Places to Live” for communities of 150,000 or fewer in a survey conducted by The Farmers Insurance Group of Companies.
Dixie Regional Medical Center offers emergency services, in-patient and outpatient care, a broad staff of qualified doctors in virtually any capacity needed. Dixie Regional Medical Center is a 245-bed hospital located on two campuses – River Road and 400 East.
DRMC is the major medical referral center for northwestern Arizona, southeastern Nevada and southern Utah and has been recognized as a Thompson Top 100 Heart Hospital. The DRMC Cardiac Rehabilitation program is nationally certified.
Dixie Regional Medical Center partners with the Huntsman Cancer Institute to provide world-class cancer care for patients close to home, and recently added a newborn intensive care unit so that parents can stay with their struggling child without having to travel.
DRMC also features a program called ” Gateway to Wellness”, which is a collection of services including fitness classes, nutrition coaching, and personalized medical fitness evaluations. With the continued support of the community, they are constantly growing to meet your needs.
The new St. George Municipal Airport is located just 15 miles east of SunRiver and features state-of-the-art instrumentation approach, and accommodates regional jet aircraft, 737s and Airbus 319s.
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is two hours away, with direct flights across the country and around the world.
St. George is headquarters to SkyWest Airlines, the primary United Express carrier in the west, which also flies for Delta Connection and US Airways Express.
Natural gas rates are regulated by Utah Public Service Commission and are consistently among the lowest in the country. The current rate (4/20/2012) for natural gas in SunRiver is $7.57143 per Dth. CLICK HERE to see how Utah’s natural gas rates compare with the rest of the country.
For more information on natural gas rates, availability or installation, contact Questar Gas at (800) 323-5517.
Dixie Escalante Electric is an electric cooperative providing electric utility services to approximately 15,000, customers in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. Dixie Escalante Electric is headquartered in Beryl, north of St. George, but also has an office in Bloomington.