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Old 02-13-2016, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I have a toddler and live in the village. There are many more kids here then there were even 8 years ago when I moved here. They are having a survey on the Poa website this month to decide what can be done to be more accommodating to the influx of family's with young kids. The discussion taking place right now is whether they should start gymnastics, swim classes, dance classes, sports, or build bigger and better playgrounds. They are trying. We just need to keep pushing the issue and putting our in put in to inspire the change we want to see. It's a beautiful, safe, quite place to live... But it can be a little boring and finding work here is REALLY HARD. most people have to drive into Hot Springs or Benton for work... But it's just the price you have to pay to live a quite life out in the boons. Lol
HSV is so much like BV; of course Cooper developed both communities. Bella Vista is closer to good employment, which is one of the positives, as well as closer to good medical care, and entertainment, but basically they are wonderful places, great for raising children and yes, quickly going from just small retirement villages to family friendly communities.
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Old 04-12-2017, 02:46 PM
 
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I live in the village with my almost 4 year old. They tell me they are trying to make the village more kid friendly... But they put more funding into the dog park then the only play ground. I've asked them for over a year to replace a broken swing and to add more equipment... So far nothing but painted on 4 square on the basket ball court has been added, the swing was removed but never replaced, and the actually removed the water fountain (so bring your own water) ,and they closed down the Desoto swimming pool... So there isn't really much to do with kids here.There is a daycare but only if you're Christian or don't mind them praying to Jesus before every meal... We're ✡ so... That didn't work for us. But maybe it would be good for you? If you like hiking and swimming in lakes there's plenty of that to do here. We're pretty close to a nice science museum too. On a scale of 1 to 10... I give the village a 3 for kid friendly places. I've never had any problem with my neighbors complaining about my daughter. Most of them seem to enjoy seeing her and actually fawn all over her when they see her going for walks with her baby doll and stroller or riding her trike. My neighbors seem to like having a kid in the neighborhood as far as I can tell. So I can't relate to that other poster there... But maybe not everyone with kids here is as fortunate as we have been when it comes to neighbors.
It beautiful here and people are very friendly in my experience but I still wouldn't recommend it for family's with young children. The POA just seem to care more about golf courses, dog parks, water fountains with lights that change colors, and new gate systems than they do about being a nice place to live with children. Sad to say but I feel kids are not even near the top of the POAs priority list currently. Maybe that will change in the near future?Maybe not? But I hope it does, I really do. About outside the gate... There are a lot of... Questionable people who smell like chemicals and cat pee with missing teeth... So that post isn't entirely off there... I know a druggie when I see one. I moved here thinking I was getting away from those types of people... No luck... The truth is, they're everywhere...I'm convinced that there is no escaping them. 
anyhow... That's my 2 cents.
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Old 04-13-2017, 07:26 AM
 
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I live in the village with my almost 4 year old. .....but I still wouldn't recommend it for family's with young children. Sad to say but I feel kids are not even near the top of the POAs priority list currently. Well, it is a retirement village....an occasional 4 year old may be fun, but hordes of them....no.

Maybe that will change in the near future?Maybe not? But I hope it does, I really do. I would imagine that the people who moved there expecting it to be quiet and peaceful and serene might disagree....
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