For many years, the Spirit of Women Park outside Cramblett Hall provided a place for patients, visitors, staff and neighbors to relax, reflect and play. The park also carried sentimental value, decorated with artistic tiles that honored the special women in our lives.
To accommodate the construction of the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Critical Care Center, the original Spirit of Women Park had to be removed.
But today, a new Chlois G. Ingram Spirit of Women Park is taking shape on the corner of Medical Center Drive and Ninth Avenue, which recaptures many of the original elements of the former park.
The focal point of the new park will be an oval-shaped reflecting pool that features 1,500 glass tiles etched with the artwork from the tiles of the former park. According to the architect for the project, this feature of the park will be the first of its kind.
A dedication monument made from granite tiles is also being constructed to honor Chlois G. Ingram, the namesake for the new park.
The park will also include Wi-Fi access.
As did the former park, this new Spirit of Women Park will provide a place for caregivers and staff to reduce stress and improve their well being. Settings like this new park have been proven to have a positive impact on patient healing.
The new park is expected to open June 2012, with a grand opening celebration in August.