Discovery Village offers nature trail for its residents


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The trail at Discovery Village offers an easy, sloping path, which is accessible for handicapped users.

Austin Rushnell

One of the most important aspects of keeping healthy is keeping active, especially into the senior years.

One local senior living facility offers its patrons the daily opportunity for exercise in the form of a walking trail.

Discovery Village at Melbourne by Discover Senior Living, located at 3260 North Harbor City Blvd. in Melbourne, has a walking trail that surrounds its entire facility, including a large, natural space outside.

“The walking trail is an area for the residents that is sidewalked, so that they can, unobstructed, be able to use (either) a wheelchair or a walker,” said Susan Miller, the business office manager for Discovery Village at Melbourne. “It gives them a space to safely walk.”

While Discovery Village doesn’t currently offer guided walks of the trails, officials always are excited to show off the trails to new patrons.

“When we have new residents, we certainly take them out on it,” Miller said. “And when we have potential residents, we definitely show them the trail.”

Animals, such as squirrels and birds, are often seen on the trail, but it also is fenced off in order to provide safety for residents.

The Discovery Village at Melbourne currently has 150 apartments that are rented and 165 residents within the community.

For more information about Discovery Village at Melbourne, go to discoveryvillages.com/senior-living/fl/melbourne/discovery-village-at-melbourne.