reunion rec center

Just say no to hibernating.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 18, 2016


Ah. It’s the season of coziness. Saturday afternoons by the fire. Digging into a big bowl of chili. Blissfully nodding off, lulled by the soundtrack of your latest Netflix binge-watch.

We can do better than this, Coloradans.

Especially if you live in one of our Shea Homes Colorado CommunitiesBackCountry, Stepping Stone, or Reunion – winter need not be a four-walled purgatory until spring. Warm days are coming soon, so now’s the time to take steps (literally) to avoid a panic attack when shopping for your swimsuit.

At BackCountry, there are easy, daily ways to get moving. Strap on your snowshoes and explore the seven miles of trails and 467 acres of open space within BackCountry.  Or venture onto the trails and 8,200 acres of open space in the adjacent wilderness area.  No snowshoes? No problem. Residents can borrow a pair from the Sundial House whenever there is 12” or more of snow on the ground. That same terrain can be a blast for expert cross country skiers to explore too.

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Is Reunion right for you? Three questions to ask yourself.

by Shea Homes Colorado on November 24, 2015


No man is an island, they say, and neither is a home. It’s critical that your “perfect home” be in a community that’s equally in sync with your tastes and lifestyle. Because after all, you do have to go outside sometime.

If you’re thinking about Reunion for your future home, ask yourself these three questions. They’ll help clarify what’s unique about the community and if it’s right for you.

1. Do you love the outdoors?
If you moved to Colorado for its natural beauty and endless outdoor activities, then you can skip to question #2. In other words, run, do not walk, to Reunion—you were made for each other. Otherwise, let’s explore this idea a bit. First of all, depending on how it’s situated, your home can offer beautiful vistas of the mountains (including magnificent vistas of Longs Peak), which are easily enjoyed in person, thanks to Reunion’s fast access to I-70; Reunion is nicely positioned north of downtown Denver traffic. But you don’t even need to go to the mountains to get your nature fix. Reunion is just north of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a 15,000-acre haven to 330 species of animals, including bison and deer. And Reunion is just south of Barr Lake State Park, a perfect, nearby destination for fishing, boating, and bird watching. But really, natural beauty lies just outside your door: Reunion is home to more than 150 acres of parks (boasting their own lakes and waterfalls), 10 miles of trails, and 170 acres of open space.

Reunion Mom and Daughter Playing Soccer   Reunion Mom and Daughter Walking
Reunion Boy Riding Bike
2. Want to know your neighbors?
Like anyone else, hermits are welcome to live in Reunion—but they sure will miss out on a lot of fun. Reunion was master-planned to build a strong sense of community with amenities that draw people together. Such as multiple parks sprinkled throughout, and, of course, Reunion Park, the 52-acre centerpiece, where people gather for swimming, fitness, and other life-enriching classes at the award-winning rec center; walking the trails; watching the kids play on athletic fields; meeting friends for picnics; and attending community-wide events at the amphitheater and grassy open spaces. The Reunion social calendar is always booked with special events, such as the Kite & Flight Festival, Movie Nights, the Red, White & Bluefest Independence Day Celebration, and other holiday and seasonal events. Reunion residents are quick to tell you how warm and welcoming people are here—friendliness seems to be in the community DNA.
Reunion July 4 Bike Parade   Reunion Kite and Flight Festival
Reunion Car Show

3. How important is price?
Unless you answered that question with “money is no object,” then you’re going to want to look closely at Reunion. Reunion was conceived of as an inclusive community that’s accessible to everyone from young families to empty nesters. Interestingly, real estate website Movato ranked Commerce City (home of Reunion) #1 on its list of most affordable Denver suburbs.  As Commerce City’s largest development, Reunion contributes directly to this ranking where Shea Homes offers their SPACES Collection priced from the upper $200s.  Being so close to downtown Denver (less than 30 minutes away), and Denver International Airport (15 minutes away), and yet so affordable, is truly exceptional.
Reunion 3507 Model Exterior   Reunion 3507 Model Kitchen

So now that you’ve mulled over the possibility of living at Reunion, maybe it’s time for a visit. Seeing the place—with its natural beauty, strong sense of community, and well-priced homes—is the best way to definitively answer these questions, and any others you still have.

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Meet me at the barn, AKA the amazing Reunion Rec Center

by Shea Homes Colorado on March 6, 2015


Dubbed “Big Red,” Reunion’s rural-themed, award-winning, 21,000-square-foot rec center is more than a $5.28 million investment in the community. It’s an investment in a sense of community.

On any given day at the rec center, you’ll see countless children’s sports programs in progress: basketball, soccer, and flag football, just to name a few.

“We have a young, dynamic community with lots of kids in the two- to eight-year-old range,” says Operations Manager Melissa Murray. “The children’s programs are extremely popular.”

Special events are equally well-received, she explains. “Reunion is a very tight-knit community. Everyone loves coming out and spending time with their neighbors.” Melissa says the best-attended events are the Red White & Blue Fest for the Fourth of July; Kite and Flight, a celebration of everything that flies, from insects to kites to radio-controlled airplanes; and Movie Nights, when films in the park are projected on a giant inflatable screen, supplemented by food trucks and games.

kidsfestival Kiteflying






pumpkin Santalap






Adults have fun ways to stay fit, too. The rec center offers Zumba, yoga, aerobics, boot camp, P90x, personal training, and more. Not to mention all the amenities, such as a full-court gym perfect for shooting hoops after a long day at work. Or the fitness center, which features 12 LifeFitness cardio machines, including ellipticals, treadmills, and bikes, and more than 40 pieces of free-weight and stationary lift equipment. In the summer, residents love to take advantage of the outdoor pool, with its 100-foot slide and interactive water features. Residents can even rent out the pool for parties, as well as meeting rooms for business or club meetings.



Positioned at the eastern end of Reunion Park, the recreation center includes a wall of windows that makes those trips on the treadmills breathtaking—in a good way. Aesthetics played a key role in the center’s construction. In 2004, the facility won the Recreation Management Innovative Architecture & Design Award, cited for its “clear reflection of the community’s philosophy. A very rural character is conveyed in a state-of-the-art facility.”



Friends In ParkSo yes, Big Red offers far more than meets the eye. Inside this bright red barn with metal water tower and cozy porches is an amazingly up-to-date facility. And the heart of a community.

Check out their facebook page here.