Mattamy Homes to Break Ground on Stars and Stripes Park at Tradition

Developer and City of Port St. Lucie will host groundbreaking event on April 25

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Mattamy Homes, the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, is breaking ground on the highly anticipated Stars and Stripes Park at its Tradition master-planned community in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Set to open in early 2025, Stars and Stripes Park is a brilliant mix of green spaces, scenic ponds and themed art installations designed to honor first responders and veterans, as well as provide an astronomical learning experience for the community.

Evoking a sense of pride and reflection, Stars and Stripes Park is anchored by a prominent display centered around a majestic waving flag and massive, gleaming star sculptures bearing symbols of service and thoughtful quotes from veterans, first responders and front-line medical personnel. The letters and shapes are cut out and lit colorfully from within using unique point-source lighting technology which projects the images onto the ground and visitors at night. The stars include many captivating design elements that illuminate the surrounding areas and extend the art experience beyond their physical boundaries. Experienced in their totality, the stars and stripes honor the service of veterans, first responders and front-line medical professionals as detailed quotes tell a fascinating story of service, perseverance, courage, bravery and reflection.

“We’re very excited to bring Stars and Stripes Park to life at Tradition. This will surely become a popular gathering spot for the community, particularly on patriotic holidays,” said Dan Grosswald, Mattamy’s Southeast Florida Division President. “The park’s artistic and thoughtful displays will enrich the lives of Tradition’s residents, creating an even stronger sense of pride and appreciation in the community.”

To celebrate the park groundbreaking, Mattamy Homes and the City of Port St. Lucie will host an event on Thursday, April 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at 12441 Southwest Village Parkway. Attendees will enjoy light bites, brief speeches by city and Mattamy Homes representatives, and a photo opp.

“Stars and Stripes Park will be a wonderful addition to our city, honoring our first responders and veterans while offering a beautiful space for Port St. Lucie residents to enjoy,” said Mayor Shannon Martin. “Parks play a vital role in the well-being of our beautiful community, and we are committed to providing more greenspaces and recreational opportunities across the city.”

Another “star” attraction of the park will be an awe-inspiring solar system display, centered around a brilliant sun dial with gyroscopic rings of metal and multi-colored translucent inserts that change color as the sun moves through the sky. This section, which includes an art installation and name for each planet, was created to demonstrate the considerable range of distances between the planetary orbits. Each planet will be illuminated at night for a colorful display.

The concentric circles in the display start very close together, representing how the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars hug the inside of the solar system. Accordingly, the orbits become much more distant from one another as viewers travel outward, with Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto rounding out the solar system—a stunning visualization that invites residents to contemplate Earth’s modest place in their solar system, galaxy, and universe.

A thoughtfully placed stand of bamboo trees divides the park’s solar system area from the parking lot, creating an appealing and conceptual buffer between areas while adding a unique tree line for photo opportunities on either side. Decorated, line-of-sight walkways connect the various areas of Stars and Stripes Park, making it an ideal place for residents to walk and explore. The park also features a traffic circle with shaded seating for TIM shuttle passengers.

Over the past five years, Mattamy Homes has been at the helm of Tradition’s continued evolution, bringing to life several new neighborhoods including Manderlie, Emery, Telaro and Cadence – with more in the pipeline. The developer has also focused on creating state-of-the-art innovations to enrich the residential experience at Tradition, including the Tradition in Motion (TIM) autonomous shuttle and an e-bike sharing program, which provide easy connectivity between key community destinations.

Mattamy recently broke ground on its 73-foot HEART in the Park sculpture, which will be the tallest heart sculpture in the world once complete next spring.

Tradition’s impressive range of amenities, community events and bustling town center have been a major draw for residents, helping to create a strong and inviting sense of community where neighbors can engage, participate in events and build meaningful connections.

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About Mattamy Homes

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, with 40-plus years of history across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps more than 8,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. In the United States, the company is represented in 11 markets — Dallas, Charlotte, Raleigh, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its U.S. head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Southeast Florida. In Canada, Mattamy Homes’ communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area as well as Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Visit for more information.


Driving Future Opportunities: Tradition and Beep Host TIM STEM Engagement Event at Tradition Preparatory High School

Since its inception, Tradition has been steadfast in its dedication to fostering community engagement, workforce development and innovative opportunities to build a better future. So it’s only fitting that Tradition Preparatory High School students get a first-hand look at the future “in motion” – right in their backyard.

On Jan. 11, we teamed up with Beep – our autonomous shuttle partner for Tradition in Motion (TIM), to host a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) engagement event at the Port St. Lucie school. The event gave more than 900 enthusiastic students an opportunity to explore the impact of the TIM autonomous shuttle and learn about the intersection of technology, automation, and workforce development.

The TIM shuttle was on display during all three lunch periods, giving students ample time to experience the vehicle and learn from Beep’s site manager. At the engagement tent, students participated in an interactive 3D map-matching activity featuring live routes of operating TIM vehicles. Students went home with Tradition branded koozies, wristbands, and candy – a sweet reminder of their educational afternoon.

Beep’s local Research and Development team were also on-site to answer students’ questions, share details about TIM’s existing route network, and discuss the upcoming Western Grove project.

“The expansion of TIM’s routes at Tradition reflect Mattamy’s broader visit of outward mobility and providing an enhanced community experience,” said Dan Grosswald, Southeast Florida Division President for Mattamy Homes. “Residents will enjoy convenient access to the soon-to-open regional park in Western Grove without ever having to step foot in their car.”

Known for its commitment to innovation, Tradition Preparatory High School is set to become a hub for students seeking pathways to the jobs of tomorrow. This collaboration highlights Tradition’s dedication to preparing the next generation for the challenges and smart growth opportunities brought by automation.

“This event aligns with our commitment to prepare students for the future job market. By showcasing technology, automation, and workforce development, we hope to inspire and equip our students for success,” said Christiana Coburn, Tradition Preparatory High School Principal.

Following the success of this event, we will be partnering with Beep on March 28 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Tradition Preparatory High School Symposium, a multi-faceted student engagement event that will include a college and career fair, TED Talks, artist masterclasses, and more.

Launched in December 2020, our TIM shuttles and service have been connecting riders to Tradition Town Square and other neighborhoods throughout the community. The network has safely connected and transported more than 16,000 passengers with its 100-percent electric autonomous TIM shuttles, and reduced the equivalent of more than 9,000 vehicle trips and thousands of pounds of carbon emissions.

The TIM network is part of Tradition’s larger plan called the T-Trail, which will consist of miles of experiential trailheads for shuttle riders, bicyclists and pedestrians providing residents greater freedom to travel how, where and when they want. Future expansions of the network include connections to other key areas of the Tradition’s 2,780 acres, including Tradition’s future regional park in Western Grove and Stars and Stripes Park in Southern Grove.

Cadence Named Community of the Year

The annual prestigious PRISM Awards honor outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, merchandisers, advertisers, and other housing-related professionals. Featuring multiple categories, the awards encompass all facets of the residential, commercial and remodeling industries.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the Gold Coast Builders Association, which plays such an integral role in the construction industry throughout the region,” said Dan Grosswald, Mattamy’s Southeast Florida Division President. “Achieving these awards is a testament to the unwavering commitment and dedication of our team.”

In addition to the Community of the Year award, Cadence at Tradition took home Platinum Prism Awards for Best Logo and Best Landscape Architecture and Design.

Helmed by Steve Garrett of Lucido & Associates, the landscape architecture and design at Cadence at Tradition is comprised of unique details, native-oriented trees and plants, as well as sustainable, long-lasting landscape materials.

The community offers one and two-story single-family homes within the Patriot and Heritage collections, with townhomes available in the Anthem collection. Residents are treated to an exclusive access to private amenities, including a resort-style swimming pool, children’s wading pool, cabana, grilling stations, large open space, as well as direct access to the T Trail.

Platinum Awards Winners

  • Felicity Model: New Construction: Single Family Attached – under 2,000 sq. ft.
  • Cascades Model: New Construction: Single Family Detached – Under 2,000 sq. ft.
  • Gateway Model: New Construction: Single Family Detached – 2,000-2,499 sq. ft.
  • Shenandoah Model: New Construction: Single Family Detached – 2,500-2,999 sq. ft.
  • Telaro Sports/Zen: New Construction: Best Recreation Facility or Amenity
  • Shenandoah Model: Residential Interior Merchandising – Residential Interior Merchandising of a home priced $275,000 to $400,000
  • Mount Rainier Model: Residential Interior Merchandising – Residential Interior Merchandising of a home priced $400,000 to $600,000

Professional Achievement Awards

  • Amanda Meyer, Marketing Manager Mattamy Homes: Professional Achievement Award for Marketing Professional of the Year.

The PRISM Awards program is affiliated with the Gold Coast Builders Association, the local chapter of the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Tradition fuels rapid growth in Port St. Lucie


Posted at 6:47AM, Jul 27, 2023


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — While Florida’s population has been growing since 2020 at a faster rate than any other state, one town on the Treasure Coast is doing plenty to lead the way.

But it may not be the first place that comes to mind.

It’s Port St. Lucie, now Florida’s sixth largest city, which is also in the top 10 of America’s fastest growing cities, among those with a population of at least 50,000. And at the heart of that expansion is a pulse provided by a town within a town — one that attracted Mary Milmore and her husband 15 years ago.

“You can call me an old timer and a historic reference person,” Mary said when talking about the community of “Tradition.”

Sounding like a savvy civic booster, Mary points to “friendly people, booming economy, business is moving in on a monthly basis, and (it’s) still growing.”

But this master-planned community was once a massive missed opportunity.

“The original developer went bankrupt and we came in along with a partnership with the city and just started investing money, developing a lot of new neighborhoods, new innovations, and we create a sense of place and a sense of community that people really just want to live here,” said Dan Grosswald, a developer with Mattamy Homes.

Make that a lot of people.

That five-year partnership has spawned shops, parks and a 20-mile nature trail, and new homes in a wide price range. There’s even a driverless shuttle to get around the neighborhood. (Not so small town, right?)

“We took what was here and just made it better. The town center is the hub. It really creates a sense of place for people rather than just a large tract of homes, creating a place where people want to live, know their neighbors, have fun together, develop strong bonds.”

Tradition has 5,000 homes and about 10,000 people now.

Mattamy sees another seven to ten years of building out Tradition, adding up to thousands of additional new homes, as well as more parks and public places. New schools, too.

And as the Port St. Lucie metro population rises by ten thousand people a year, that Tradition pulse is now a welcoming drumbeat.

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