“Once I Saw It for Myself, I Was Hooked”

“Once I Saw It for Myself, I Was Hooked”

Some years ago, Katrina Shoemaker’s daughter brought her mom a brochure from Park Springs. “I flipped through it and basically stuck it in the bottom of a drawer,” recalls Katrina. At the time she was living in Sycamore Station, a Decatur townhome community. “I loved it but increasingly it was becoming a community of young families. They were very friendly, but I didn’t have close friends there,” adds Katrina, a widowed Army wife who decided at 48 to attend law school, launching a 20-year legal career.

In 2015, an out-of-town friend who had been looking at retirement communities came to visit. Looking for something to do, the women toured Park Springs. “Once I saw it for myself, I was hooked. That was pretty much it!” Katrina recalls.

She loved the idea of living with people her own age, as well as the diverse activities and the “ease of life” Park Springs offered. Things moved quickly and within a few months she had packed up the townhome and settled in. Today, Katrina has exchanged “too much stuff” for “too many activities,” which is no surprise for this dynamic woman who launched a play-reading group at Park Springs soon after moving in.

The community has become a favorite of Katrina’s daughter and granddaughters. They love visiting from their home in Decatur and enjoying the beautiful Park Springs pool.

And while she’s fully immersed in life at Park Springs, Katrina still participates in her Decatur book club and card group, and remains an active community volunteer. This busy schedule leaves little time for cooking in her beautiful Park Springs kitchen. Adds Katrina, “Sometimes I’ll plan to cook dinner, and suddenly it’s 6:15 and I haven’t done a thing, so I just head down to the dining room!”

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