Briar Chapel Celebrates Active Lifestyle with Two Trail Events

National Trail Day June 1 Follows Successful "Bike and Learn" Event

May 28, 2013, 14:34 ET from Newland Communities

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Briar Chapel, a new home community in Chapel Hill, NC, is in the midst of hosting a series of outdoor activities highlighting the community's healthy, active lifestyle. The events make use of Briar Chapel's extensive network of expertly designed trails, which are open to the public.

Last week Briar Chapel held "Bike and Learn," a mountain bike clinic that featured professional biker Sonya Looney. Co-sponsored by Performance Bike, the event included an outdoor ride followed by a presentation and snacks in the Briar Club, and saw record attendance from biking enthusiasts across the Triangle.

Following this successful event, on June 1 the community will celebrate National Trail Day with additional outdoor events on-site. A bird-watching expedition with the owner of the Wild Bird Center of Chapel Hill kicks the day off at 9 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. by a trail walk guided by an Educational Ranger from Jordan Lake Educational State Forest. Those seeking a more adventurous pursuit can join a 10 a.m. trail ride with Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC), who designed Briar Chapel's network of trails. The day's activities will conclude with a birdhouse craft activity at the Briar Club from 10-11:30 a.m.

"Briar Chapel is a daily celebration of the outdoors," said Kristen Gucwa, Regional Marketing Director at Newland Communities. "From our peaceful entrance decompression zone to the ample outdoor amenities and regular outdoor activities on-site, Briar Chapel is all about interactions with neighbors and nature."

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Briar Chapel is owned in a joint venture between NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH), the US business unit and full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, Ltd, Japan's largest homebuilder and leading diversified developer, and NEWLAND REAL ESTATE GROUP, LLC, whose development business, Newland Communities, is the master developer of the community. It is one of 30 assets the NASH-Newland partnership manages together in 11 states across the US.

About Briar Chapel by Newland Communities®

Briar Chapel is a new home community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As the largest green community in the Triangle, Briar Chapel offers a healthier way of life through 900 acres of preserved space, 24 miles of hiking and biking trails, two community gardens, and over 20 parks. Briar Chapel fosters neighbor interactions through its design and amenities, including the LEED Silver certified Briar Club, pools and a waterpark, fitness facilities, outdoor art, and two on-site schools. The Briar Chapel Information Center is located at 16 Windy Knoll Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Learn more about Briar Chapel by following us on Twitter and Facebook, visiting us at, or calling us at 888.249.9429.

About Newland Real Estate Group, LLC

Newland is a diversified real estate company leveraging a national platform and over 40 years of experience to perform challenging and diverse development, investment, management, and advisory services across a wide range of real estate. The company's mixed-use development business, Newland Communities, actively owns, operates and develops premier residential master-planned, commercial, retail, and urban mixed-use real estate across the U.S. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Newland and its affiliated companies have completed, or have underway, more than 140 diverse real estate developments, more than 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space, and 175,000 residential units in 14 states.


NASH was established in 2010 as the U.S. business operations unit and a full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan's largest homebuilder and a leading diversified developer since 1960. SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD. has built more than two million houses to date and expanded its operations to Australia, China, Singapore, and the U.S.  NASH establishes joint ventures to build innovative and sustainability-conscious master planned communities across the US. NASH is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

SEKISUI HOUSE is headquartered in Osaka, Japan.

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SOURCE Newland Communities