Hope Park Provides Quiet Oasis
The Perry Wellness Center campus today is a hub of creativity, with landscaping and artwork growing alongside the center's plentiful flowers and veggies. The latest project is the development of "Hope Park," designed to be an oasis for relaxation and contemplation, amidst the bustle of the treatment and recovery program. In the center of the park rises a huge fountain, adorned with colorful art and nighttime lights. It provides calming water sounds throughout the work day for peer members, staff, and visitors alike.
Recently, the placement of landscaping timbers and sod has created a green environment around the fountain area, rather than the concrete which greeted visitors before. Staff member and environmental artist Jeff Williams is now planning a group of benches for an arbor area in the park. New brick paving will follow the path of the existing gravel walk, and an overhanging arbor will provide shade and definition to the area.
Most importantly, peer members work with staff to develop the new park area, learning new work skills and enjoying teamwork as they share responsibility for the maturing campus.
In this photo, team leader Kelvin Mullins works with Williams on construction of the Hope Park arbor.