WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – In a deeply moving ceremony at Westfield today, a dedication and unveiling of Western Massachusetts’ first multi-generational playscape for seniors and people with disabilities. 22News has discovered how a member of the Armbrook Village assisted living community made it all possible.
Dr Jake Baker, in honor of his late wife, Lynn, a victim of the Covid pandemic, honored her memory by raising a quarter of a million dollars to build their multi-generational playscape in Armbrook Village helped live in Westfield. Dr. Baker, a resident of Armbrook Village, told 22News he was proud to have helped make this project a reality.
Dr Jake Baker said: “It will be there forever, and we old people, I am in this park. We need as much outdoor exercise as possible, and that’s both for older people. It’s not like monkey bars or anything like the kids have.
The entire community of the Village of Armbrook attended this meaningful day, honoring the memory of Lynn Baker in whose name the playscape was first constructed and exhibited.
Beth Cardillo, executive director of Armbrook, told 22News: “We’ve never been opposed to trying anything new, and the connected living program is absolutely new. The first in the country, and seeing the culmination of all of this has been amazing to watch.
Here in Armbrook Village there is a most unique recreation area, a playscape for the elderly alongside a playground for children, made possible by a widower honoring the memory of his late wife.