After more than a decade of dreaming, years of planning, months of construction, and a delay due to Hurricane Irma, the ribbon is cut, and the Northwest Garden has opened its doors.

The dream officially began in 2006 with the submission of a master site plan by President/CEO Harry Hobson to the Plymouth Harbor, Inc. Board of Trustees, which included the development of a state-of-the-art memory care center. However, with the looming economic downturn, the board made the wise decision to put that plan on hold. In 2012, the board reassessed the need for a memory care center, asking, “Is it riskier to do nothing, or riskier to do something?”

Ultimately, the plan was approved, and in December 2015, Plymouth Harbor broke ground on the Northwest Garden Building. Just weeks ago, on Wednesday, January 10th, more than 250 guests gathered in the new building to witness this momentous event, which included the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, a champagne toast, and “A Cruise To Remember” — the post-ribbon cutting event, in which guests were invited for self-guided tours and to visit four separate “ports of call” located throughout the building. Each port represented a different destination (Key West, Cuba, the Bahamas, and Cozumel), with cuisine and décor to match.

While this event will certainly be remembered for years to come, what was most important was not the décor or the cuisine, but rather what this building represents to so many, and the vital, innovative care and support that will be offered for generations.

For Elsa Price, Plymouth Harbor resident and donor to the A Commitment to Memory campaign, this building represents comfort. “Our ‘Cruise to Remember’ was just that,” she says. “As a resident of more than 26 years, it is comforting to know that we now have the latest medical and technical expertise available that the health arena offers.”

She adds, “My late husband, Don, had Alzheimer’s Disease, and I know he would have benefited from this type of care. Those who will make this memory center their new home will surely find peace, hope, and love as they continue their journey. I am pleased to be a part of this grand plan, and should I ever need to go there, I know I will be in good hands.”

For Jack and Margot Robinson, independent living residents of the Northwest Garden, this building represents their long-anticipated new home — a place where they can grow, get to know their neighbors, and take comfort in our expanded level of care. “We are delighted with our spacious apartment, the stunning views, and the fine experience we have had living here,” the Robinsons share. “The new building has been beautifully constructed and designed. We are two happy people!”

The Northwest Garden may mean something different to all who come in contact with it, but one thing is certain — its Ribbon Cutting event was without a doubt a defining moment in Plymouth Harbor’s history and one we will never forget. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the many individuals who helped make this dream a reality for Plymouth Harbor.

If you would like to view the full video of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, please visit the following link: