Spring Villa Park was an Opelika institution and rite-of-passage for generations of Opelikans, even all of us.

We all swam in the cold, clear waters of the spring-fed pool, water so pure it needed no filters.

We spent the night in the Yonge house, hearing the legend of the grizzly Yonge murder and the now infamous 13th step.

We enjoyed getting chills and screaming in fear with our neighbors and friends at the annual Trail of Terror event.

Sadly, those days are gone.

While the RV park and lodge are still well-maintained and the grounds are well-managed, the focal points of the property, the Yonge home and pool, are declining or are already unsalvagable.