Care facility adds park-like area

Columbia Basin Care, a community-owned, not-for-profit skilled nursing facility in The Dalles, is improving its outdoor space with the creation of a park-like area with picnic pavilion and wheelchair-friendly pathways. The project is expected to be completed in October.

Photo by Mark Gibson.
Columbia Basin Care, a community-owned, not-for-profit skilled nursing facility in The Dalles, is improving its outdoor space with the creation of a park-like area with picnic pavilion and wheelchair-friendly pathways. The project is expected to be completed in October.

Columbia Basin Care is dramatically improving its outdoor space with the creation of a park-like space featuring a picnic pavilion and wheelchair-friendly pathways.

The park is being created on a one-acre parcel of land adjacent to the nursing home, at the corner of Webber and 11th streets. Lined with mature trees, the area has remained largely undeveloped and under-utilized.

The new outdoor space will include a picnic shelter with kitchen area, new and enhanced pathways, fresh lawn and new plantings and serve as an amenity for residents, their families and staff.

The pavilion and lawn area will be an ideal setting for popular resident activities, such as bocce ball and painting classes. In addition, the outdoor space will offer opportunities for physical therapy sessions.

“Fresh air is good for the body and mind,” said Aubree Olmstead, executive director of Columbia Basin Care. “We’re excited to offer our residents and their families a beautiful setting where they can gather, relax, and enjoy the outdoors.”

Griffin Construction is the general contractor for the projected, which should be completed by October.

The park project continues substantial upgrades to the facility completed in 2015. That major renovation created a new exterior, an expansive courtyard, walking paths, garden space and specially-designed areas for practical applications of physical and occupational therapy.

Columbia Basin Care, located in The Dalles, is the region’s only community-owned, not-for-profit skilled nursing facility. Founded in 1964, Columbia Basin Care has served the community for over 50 years and employs over 80 people.

Columbia Basin Care is located at 1015 Webber St in The Dalles. Information is available at 541-296-2156, and online at www.colbasin.com.

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