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W W W.MY V ICTO RIAPARK .CO M

W I N T ER 2020


V IC TOR IA PA R K C OM M U N I T Y C OU N C I L

Communication Methods EMAIL - We send out email notifications periodically in addition to weekly electronic newsletters every Friday. NEWSLETTERS - The weekly electronic and printed quarterly newsletters can be viewed on the website, www.myvictoriapark. com, any time! WEBSITE - Check out www.myvictoriapark.com for tons of great information, including the weekly newsletter, calendar, club and group contacts, and so much more!

Customer Service Evergreen Customer Service877-221-6919

SOCIAL MEDIA - Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ VictoriaParkComm for all the latest info!

Victoria Park Community Management

STATEMENTS - We will no longer mail out quarterly statements; you should have received a coupon book. If you haven’t received one, please call Evergreen Customer Care at 877-221-6919.

Victoria Trails Amenity Center 525 East Victoria Trails Blvd. DeLand, FL 32724

386-738-2112

Community Manager Michelle Saunders MSaunders@Evergreen-LM.com

Lifestyle Director Justine Tucker JTucker@Evergreen-LM.com

Administrative Coordinator Maureen Philips MPhilips@Evergreen-LM.com

Lifestyle Assistant Claudia Garcia CGarcia@Evergreen-LM.com

Administrative Assistant/ Architectural Coordinator Celi Rosario ARosario@Evergreen-LM.com

Director of Operations & Maintenance Dave Benson DBenson@Evergreen-LM.com

Community Standards Kelly Anbach KAnbach@Evergreen-LM.com

Maintenance Manager Steve Ingram SIngram@Evergreen-LM.com

Please email JTucker@Evergreen-LM.com if you need any assistance with receiving Communications.

Pool Hours Winter

7:30am - 5:15pm

NOV 1 - FEB 29

Spring/Summer

6:15am - 8:30pm

MAR 1 - AUG 31

The pool heaters are set at 80 degrees from March 1-December 31.

Fitness Room The Commons & Trails: 5:30am - 10:30pm Victoria Gardens: 4:45am - 9pm

Guests must be accompanied by residents at all times (2 per resident). 1001 Gardens Club Drive DeLand, FL 32724

386-785-2700

All residents must have their photo ID card with them. For a full list of the Rules, please see the signs posted in the Fitness Rooms.

Security Main Gate386-736-6499 Clubhouse Manager CJ Hamlin CHamlin@Evergreen-LM.com

Assistant Clubhouse Manager Julie Maurer JMaurer@Evergreen-LM.com

Lifestyle Director Evelyn Rosa ERosa@Evergreen-LM.com

Administrative Assistant Remy Pugh RPugh@Evergreen-LM.com

Advertising Opportunities For information or details regarding size, cost, and deadlines, please visit www.vppicketfence.com or call 813-501-7220. Email us directly at Info@VPPicketFence.com.

Advertising Policy Victoria Park Community Council, Inc. does not guarantee any work or claims made by advertisers. Advertisements in The Picket Fence do not constitute an endorsement or approval of goods and services by Victoria Park Community Council, Inc.

Victoria Hills Golf Club / Sparrow’s Grille 300 Spalding Way DeLand, FL 32724 General Manager Scott Wyckoff SWyckoff@Hampton.Golf

386-738-6000 Food & Beverage Director Michael Morrison MMorrison@Hampton.Golf

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COMMUNITY MANAGER

M A NAG E M E N T

Community Updates BY MICHELLE SAUNDERS, LCAM

Community Growth

Thank You Committee Volunteers

Victoria Park and Victoria Gardens hit major milestones in 2019. Both associations have passed 90% closed homes and are in the process of transition from developer to homeowner control. The Developer Transition meeting will be held on Monday, February 3rd  at the Victoria Gardens Clubhouse. The Victoria Gardens meeting is at 6pm and the Victoria Park HOA meeting is at 7pm.

Thank you to all of our community volunteers! There are so many residents working behind the scenes on various committees (Architectural, Covenants, Advisory, Environmental, etc.) and we thank you for helping make Victoria Park such a wonderful community. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please keep an eye on the e-newsletter and e-blasts for upcoming opportunities.

Please keep an eye on the e-newsletter and e-blasts for additional information, including dates and times for Meet the Candidates Forums.

New Community Standards Administrator

Improvement Projects • The Community Management Office moved to its permanent location at the Trails Amenity Center in October 2019.   • The Tennis Courts at the Commons have been resurfaced and an additional Pickleball Court was added as well.    • The Commons Fitness Center had new rubber flooring installed in August 2019.    • The Commons Pool Restrooms were re-painted in August 2019.    • Upcoming Projects include the replacement of the pool deck pavers at the Commons Pool; replacement of the wooden pergolas at the Commons Pool; replacement of the Commons Playground Equipment; and cleaning of the streetlights and common area sidewalks, just to name a few.

Please help me welcome Kelly Anbach to the Victoria Park community as our new Community Standards Administrator! Kelly has worked in Code Enforcement for 18 years and more recently, the past three years with the City of DeLand. She has a strong understanding of the dynamics of the City of DeLand, City Code of Ordinances and the Victoria Park community. Her mission is to promote the Community Standards through education; promote networking, and provide a better understanding of what our restrictions are for the HOA. Kelly enjoys working with the public and looks forward to working with the residents to find solutions, as well as be available to listen to their concerns.

MICHELLE SAUNDERS is the Community Manager for Victoria Park. You can reach her at 386-738-2112 or by email at MSaunders@ Evergreen-LM.com.

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M A NAG E M E N T

VICTORIA HILLS GOLF CLUB

Updates from the Club B Y S C O T T W Y C K O F F, P G A / G E N E R A L M A N A G E R

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hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a wonderful Happy New Year! As we transition into a new year, take time to reflect on 2019, and look forward to our New Year’s resolutions, it is my hope that 2019 was a great year for all of you and that 2020 will be even better.

Golf Course Maintenance As we all know, this past year central Florida had some unusual weather, extreme rainfall, as well as excessive heat indexes. We just completed a very warm October and then we quickly transitioned into a cool November and December. For Floridians, it seems as if we went from summer to winter and bypassed the entire fall season. With this change in weather, there were certain processes that were completed by our Maintenance Department in order to prepare the golf course for the winter weather. It is critical for the superintendent, Brad Tucker, to react in a timely manner when dealing with herbicide applications prior to the winter annual weed population that can harm the appearance and playability of the course. This process involved applying preemergent herbicides to the tees, fairways, and roughs throughout the golf course. As we move forward, there will be additional applications of Barricade on the roughs and applications of Specticale on the fairways. With these applications of preemergent herbicide, this will greatly reduce the weed population and at the same time reduce the amount of post emergent herbicides required in the springtime. You will also notice that the maintenance staff has been trimming all the native grass beds throughout the course.  With the completion of this work, there will be a noticeable change in appearance to each of the golf holes.

Golf Course Routing Change You will also notice the construction of new homes on holes 11 through 17. One hole that has experienced a routing change is the 11th hole where the golf cart path has been relocated closer to the back edge of the green. The staff at Victoria Hills asks that you use caution when you drive your golf cars from the 11th green to the 12th tee box, as there are several pieces of heavy equipment being used in the construction process.

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Events Karaoke takes place on the second Friday of each month. In addition, the Valentine’s Day Dinner in February is fast approaching and reservations need to be made early as this event is very popular. Additional information will be in the weekly “eats” email. There are several events reserved at both Sparrow’s Grille and the Azalea Room for the next few months. Therefore, we suggest that you get a copy of the monthly calendar that will be posted on the information board inside the Victoria Hills Clubhouse. If you are not a participant of the weekly “eats” email or are interested in reserving space to host an outing or event, please contact me at SWyckoff@Hampton.Golf for additional information.

Weekly Specials Victoria Hills encourages everyone to enjoy the weekly events that are hosted at Sparrow’s Grille. On Wednesday nights, enjoy pasta that is made to order by selecting your preferred individual ingredients. Every first and third Thursday enjoy a Taco Bar and the second and fourth Thursday features unbelievable wings. For those who enjoy a night out on the weekends, Sparrow’s has an incredible Fish Fry with all the sides on the first and third Fridays. As always, Chef Mike Morrison features an amazing Slow Roasted Prime Rib Night on the fourth Friday of every month. To cap off the week, build your own burger on Saturday nights. If you have not had an opportunity to experience Sparrow’s Grille, we strongly urge you to enjoy an afternoon or evening with us; you will not be disappointed. We look forward to your continued support of the club by being more active in the events that are hosted at Victoria Hills and in Victoria Park. Thank you for your patronage in 2019 and we look forward to a fantastic 2020 with your continued involvement!

SCOTT WYCKOFF is the General Manager of the Victoria Hills Golf Club in Victoria Park. You can reach him at 386-738-6000 or by email at SWyckoff@Hampton.Golf.


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EVENTS

VICTORIA PARK

Recent Victoria Park Events PHOTOS BY JUSTINE TUCKER & CHELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

Pirates of the Park, Fitness Friendsgiving, Breakfast with Santa at the Polar Express, Christmas in Central Park, Ladies Night, Milk & Cookies, and PJ’s & Pearls Moms Night Out

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VICTORIA PARK

EVENTS

Save the Date for Upcoming Events! EVERY M ON TH

FE B

THU - MAR 26

Dueling Pianos

E VE RY T U ES DAY

FR I - FEB 7

SAT - MAR 28

Dominoes 12:30pm-3pm • Trails Amenity Center

An Evening of Broadway & Opera Arias

3rd Annual Car Show

E VE RY W ED N ES DAY

TUE - FEB 18

Bridge

Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street

12:30pm-3pm • Trails Amenity Center E VE RY F R I DAY

Cards & Games 12:30pm-3pm • Trails Amenity Center

JAN

T UE - JA N 2 1

Happy Hour

Hop Into Candyland

Father Daughter Dance Under the Sea

TU E - APR 14

Ladies Night

TUE - FEB 25

Ladies Night with Stacey MAR

SAT - APR 18

Lip Smackin’ & Seafood Crackin’ Boil Party SAT - APR 25

FR I - M AR 6

Mamacita Needs a Margarita

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Play

S AT - M AR 14

Ladies Night with Katie

3rd Annual Victoria Park Wide World of Sports

FRI - JA N 3 1

TUE - M AR 17

Roast a Marshmallow & Party S’more Movie Night

1st Annual Victoria Park Pub Crawl

T UE - JA N 2 8

SAT - APR 4

FR I - FEB 21

FRI - JA N 1 7

Bell Ringers Night Out

A PR

Angel Tree Donations

On behalf of resident Sarah Stephens and Justine Tucker, Lifestyle Director, we would like to thank all of those who donated to the Warrior Kids Foundation Angel Tree. This was truly an amazing season of giving and we cannot thank you all enough!

Call 386-738-2112 to RSVP or for more info. Dates and events listed are subject to change. To keep up with the latest events, please see the weekly e-newsletter emailed out each Friday.

Acts of Kindness

Recipients of “You’ve Been Booed!”

Recipients of “You’ve Been Elfed!”

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EVENTS

C R E S S W I N D AT V I C T O R I A G A R D E N S

Save the Date! JA NUA RY 17 Karaoke 18 Lakeridge Winery Bus Trip 24 Entertainment Series: Jukebox Memories F E BRUARY 02 The Big Game Tailgate Party 08 Entertainment Series: Opera Concert Featuring Susan Neves 14  Valentine’s Day “Cloud 9” Dinner & Show MA RCH

14 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance 15 Bus Trip: Mamma Mia The Musical 20 Entertainment Series: Atlantic City Boys 31 Bus Trip: Miss Saigon

A PR IL 16 Dinner & River Cruise 18 Volusia Community Symphony Spring Concert 24 Bus Trip: “ABBA Tribute”

Calendar is subject to change. Please contact Resident Services for further details at 386-785-2700.

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EVENT SPOTLIGHT

Victoria Gardens Gives Back with First Responders Appreciation Event BY E V E LY N R O S A , L I F E S T Y L E D I R E C TO R

Thank you to everyone who attended the First Responders Appreciation BBQ event held on October 27th. With the help of Mike Dungan and Officer Rod Hancock, we spread the word to the first responders within the community to attend our Appreciation BBQ held in their name for all they do for our community. It was a great turnout, and all enjoyed the great food, music and outdoor games. Chief Umberger attended the event and appreciated all the support from our community. 

More Victoria Gardens Event Fun!

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SPOTLIGHT

C R E S S W I N D AT V I C T O R I A G A R D E N S

VGWC Gives in a Big Way! B Y K A R L A J O H N S O N , R E S I D E N T, V I C T O R I A G A R D E N S W O M E N ’ S C LU B

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is truly amazing what a community can do when everyone comes together to help those less fortunate, and it is especially rewarding to see the happy faces of the children and families receiving that help during this past Holiday Season. During their 13th Annual Charity Auction in November, and through the help of so many wonderful individuals and local businesses in the DeLand area, the Victoria Gardens Women’s Club (VGWC) was able to raise $16,000 to split equally between two of the many charities they support.

others identified by the Community Partnership for Children that provides child welfare services for children who have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned. This past year the VGWC added a second “Giving Tree” for the parents of the children at Family Renew, additional children who came to the facility after the Angel Tree was set up, elderly residents of Rose Manor, and unwed mothers and their babies living at the DeLand Visitation House.

The first was Family Renew, a facility committed to solving homelessness, and the second was Good Samaritan Clinic, a group that provides support and counseling for women with cancer. However, the VGWC’s charitable efforts did not end with the check presentations to these two organizations. Since 2005, when the club was first formed, the VGWC’s primary mission has always been to raise funds and donations to support local charitable efforts in DeLand and Volusia County.

The response from the Victoria Garden’s community and the members of the VGWC  was astounding. Every Christmas wish was filled, and additional gift cards were donated to help cover any ongoing needs identified by the dedicated people who work at these facilities every day to make the lives of others just a little bit better. The Board, Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs and all of the 200 members of the VGWC would like to publicly thank the generous donors who have made this fundraising year so successful!

Each year during the Christmas season, the VGWC sponsors an Angel Tree for children in our community; some living at Family Renew and

For more information about the VGWC, please contact Karla Johnson at karlaatvictoria@gmail.com.

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The Picket Fence | Winter 2020  

A Publication of the Victoria Park Community Council in DeLand, FL

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A Publication of the Victoria Park Community Council in DeLand, FL