The Laurel Lake Foundation, coordinating charitable giving to foster campus-wide enrichment projects for the benefit of residents of Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, dedicated the community's new Sutcliffe Tranquility Courtyard June 13.

Within the 150-acre campus of Laurel Lake, Northeast Ohio's first and largest life care community, the Crown Center provides advanced therapy and restorative programs for individuals recovering from illness or surgery, as well as long term care.

The new Sutcliffe Tranquility Courtyard, located in the heart of Crown Center, will feature elements specifically chosen to provide therapeutic and healing benefits for residents and their families. Highlights include a circular wandering path, kinetic wind art, raised garden beds and a pondless waterfall.

"The Tranquility Courtyard will provide residents receiving care in our Crown Center--those often least able to venture outdoors--a safe natural environment that will both stimulate and calm," said Kathleen Marged, Activity and Volunteer Coordinator for The Crown Center at Laurel Lake.

The Sutcliffe Tranquility Courtyard was the focus of the Foundation's 2013 Gifts from the Heart Campaign. In addition to an outpouring of gifts to the campaign, a bequest from the estate of former residents Allen and Doris Sutcliffe made it possible to complete the project and provide for its ongoing care.

The Sutcliffes were active members of the Hudson community for many years. He served as the Hudson Township Zoning Inspector and as Chair of the Hudson Village Board of Building and Zoning Appeals.

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