New Pathways Create Easier Accessibility on Grand Lawn




TRAVERSE CITY, MI - It’s great for the elderly. It’s even better for the handicapped and disabled. Those in wheelchairs, with walkers, and even strollers will have a much easier time accessing the beautiful back lawn of Grand Traverse Pavilions thanks to the addition of new pathways and a bridge across the park-like landscape.

As summer and the popular Concert on the Lawn series is ready to kick off at The Pavilions, the pathways enable those with difficulty traversing the grass to get right out on the grounds and nearer the new Hayden Family Gazebo.

Traverse City resident David Williams says he “loves the new promenade.” In his enthusiasm he adds, “the new sidewalk walkabouts between The Pavilions and Building 50 are wonderful.”

The grand lawn (as the back lawn of The Pavilions is referred to) is a magnet for residents, families, staff, and visitors. The eight-acre green space is a welcome respite for conversations, picnics, concerts, dog walks, cross country skiing, and quiet time.

In addition to the gazebo, the pathways were supported by Traverse City philanthropist and Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation trustee Agnes Hayden. Adjacent to these pathways, there are new handicap-accessible picnic tables and benches that grace the space.

There is a need for additional lawn accouterments, according to Patti DeAgostino, marketing and community relations director.

DeAgostino said a $1,000 donation for either a picnic table or bench is the desired charitable gift, which is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.                                                 

“This is a great way for a family, friend, or organization to memorialize or recognize an individuals,” she said. A plaque will be affixed to the table or bench in the honoree’s name.

Located on historic Grand Traverse Commons, Grand Traverse Pavilions is situated on a campus that is naturally graced with some of the more than 100 trees that were originally planted by Dr. James Decker Munson and his vision for the Traverse City State Hospital.

A well-known humanitarian, medical scientist, and horticulturalist, Dr. Munson believed that the natural environment was therapeutic.

Grand Traverse Pavilions is the largest county-owned nursing facility in Michigan. The award-winning senior community is the fifth largest employer in Traverse City and among the top performing organizations in the country.

The Pavilions has repeatedly been recognized for the beauty and grandeur of its architecture and grounds. To assist with the benches or tables, visit our website at