Catherine L Alling Memorial Path to Open Soon at The Residence

By Charndra Michaud | Jun 20, 2014
Photo by: The Residence Staff Residents check the progress of work.

On Friday, June 20th, work began on the Catherine L Alling memorial walking path at The Residence at Tall Pines.  Catherine lived at The Residence from 2006 until earlier this year, when she passed away at a local hospital surrounded by family.  After Catherine passed, members of her family approached The Residence with a sizable donation which they were hoping could serve to provide something that would enrich the lives of Catherine’s peers and those who choose to live at The Residence in the future. 

Matt Griswold, Executive Director of the Tall Pines campus asked for ideas from management team members at The Residence.  When installing a paved walking path was suggested, everybody present knew that it was the perfect idea.  It was obvious that it would enhance the lives of residents for years to come.  Further, it was clearly a fitting way to honor Catherine, who loved to walk around the building and often encouraged her neighbors to walk with her.

Over the weeks that followed, Matt worked to get donations to cover the difference between the family’s donations and the cost of installing the path.  Resident Council at The Residence donated some funds as well as Tall Pines’ ownership and a few anonymous community members.

The Residence staff and residents are excited to see work being done on the path.  It will provide everyone a new way to enjoy the wonderful outdoor spaces which were previously inaccessible to many residents.  At six feet wide, the path will allow for wheelchairs to pass over it with ease.  The paved, smooth surface will be perfect for folks who walk with assistive devices.   

Additionally, there will be level, paved spaces along the path where Matt plans to install benches for people to rest and enjoy the natural beauty around them. 

For more information on The Residence or to donate to further path enhancements, please call (207) 930-7031.  You may also visit

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