St. Charles' second neighborhood center is currently under construction on a beautiful site in the Village of Smallwood.

The clubhouse, its focal point, features a large multi-purpose meeting and craft room overlooking a raised lounge with wall-to wall brick fireplace and picture windows. Outside is a swimming pool nearly the size of the clubhouse, a large wading pool, and complete changing and bath areas.

The neighborhood center will also include convenience shopping and auto services.

Especially appealing is that only the citizens of Wakefield will govern the use of its recreational facilities.

The premise of St. Charles' master plan is that the people who live here should enjoy the amenities without outside restrictions from a developer, benefactor, or managing company. This produces an active, concerned citizenry which determines the best use of its common grounds and facilities.

It's already happening at St. Charles.

The Bannister Neighborhood Association, Inc. manages its common grounds and neighborhood center through an elected 5-person Board of Directors.

They keep in contact with the County Planning Commission regarding future zoning and county activities, so all Bannister residents have a direct line to community affairs.

A variety of beneficial committees in the Bannister Neighborhood Association deal with maintaining neighborhood standards and value, architectural control, recreation, social events, and communications.

The result is a democratic community providing a well-balanced environment for living, working, and playing.