An open house for the new Priest Lake Memory Gardens Welcome Shelter will be held on Sunday, August 14 in the gardens.
The five-acre site, located adjacent to Priest Lake Golf Course just off Highway 57, is a special place of serenity and reflection to spend time remembering and honoring loved ones with ties to Priest Lake area.
Open House hours are 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. A tour of the new reception shelter will be the star attraction. The new building includes a public space, toilets and a kitchen. It is designed to accommodate local memorial services.
“We hope to see good attendance at the open house,” said Brian Miller, chairman of the board. “People can see the progress we’ve made, learn about future plans, and have their say on what they’d like to see at Memory Gardens.”
Donations to the Founders’ Circle provided the bulk of the funds to build the new home structure. A total of 254 donors gave $250 or more to complete the building.
“The construction is an ongoing project of Mike Dolan Construction,” said Craig Hill, Vice Chairman of the Board. “We also appreciate the many local businesses and entrepreneurs who have contributed to the project with donations and in-kind donations.”
Visitors to the open house will see 36 displays spread along scenic paths with 255 metal fish plaques honoring their loved ones. Three benches are also placed in the gardens. Donors funded a dock now installed on the reflecting pool. Later, a pond will be built.
“A big thank you to everyone who uses the Priest Lake Memorial Gardens as a way to honor their loved ones,” Hill said. “We sincerely appreciate all donations.”
Miller said the donations came from broad community support ranging from cash, labor, in-kind donations and products for the Welcome Shelter.
In total, more than 550 people gave gifts to ensure the success and growth of Priest Lake Memory Gardens.
Features such as fish memorial plaques, alcoves, pews, family screens and family memorials are now available for purchase.
Further information about Priest Lake Memory Gardens can be found at www.priestlakememorygardens.com or by calling Executive Director Ron Hardin at 509-993-7143.
“Our Board of Directors is extremely grateful to everyone who gave time and money to support his project,” Miller said. “We look forward to continued support.”
Plans call for continued improvements to Priest Lake Memory Gardens each year as additional funds become available.