That park would be in addition to an exercise area, located in the same area, according to Crist.
The city’s efforts have been commended by those working at Somerwoods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Cumberland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and The Highlands Assisted Living Facility, all three of which are located nearby.
“The (Marydale) park is a really terrific idea,” said Jill Spurgeon, administrator for Cumberland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located on Norfleet Drive, during a March meeting. “It’s not far from our facility. We can take them (residents) over there, they can relax and do things that they want to, it’d be great.”
Bubbles Girdler, also with Cumberland, agreed.
“It would be such a good thing for our patients to go over there and be able to enjoy the sunshine,” she said.
The Marydale project would affect as many as 400 assisted living patients and 300 workers in a two-block area, according to Crist.
“This is what happens when you have government agencies partnering with the private sector,” said Crist.
City councilors have likewise thrown their support behind the park efforts.
“I think that’s something great we can do with any of our seniors,” said Councilor Jerry Burnett during the June 10 meeting, about the park at The Neighborhood.
The Neighborhood and Marydale parks join a newly-completed community park in the Huffaker area, which had its own grand opening ceremony on Saturday, June 16.
Crist said the city may even be one of the only municipalities in the state to engage in such an effort, according to information given to him from the League of Cities.
Today’s ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the new community park, located on the site of The Neighborhoods complex, which is behind the Grand Central shopping center. Food and drinks will be provided.