by Mayor Tammy
On July 6th I had the opportunity to participate in the ground breaking for the newest building at Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village. Located off of Franklin Road, this senior living facility has been a great addition to Meridian and an important part of our community’s development over the last several years.
Not only has Touchmark been an employer and catalyst for construction through their various stages, but they have created a vibrant community full of active seniors who participate in and volunteer their time here in Meridian. Touchmark holds dozens of events and activities that are open and available to the public including National “Morning” Out, a Model Building Club, the Art Gala, and the recent Classic Car Show which had over 200 attendees from the community.
Touchmark is a great amenity for the community groups and events. I’ve hosted Coffee with the Mayor in their grand lodge and other city departments have done outreach efforts in this facility. It is also a gathering place for groups such as the Noon Rotarians and about a dozen other organizations who hold lunch and other regular meetings there throughout the year.
To continue with their involvement in community, Touchmark will soon be hosting the BBQ Celebration and Packet Pickup for the 24th Annual Idaho Senior Games, which runs July 28 – September 22. On August 10, 2012 - 5-7:00 pm the Idaho Senior Game participants can pick up their registration packet, mingle with other athletes, and visit sponsor tables.
Modeled after the Olympics (which incidentally is also coming up), the Idaho Senior Games is an extension of our dynamic culture of health and fitness, as well as the community’s great appreciation for our active senior community.
The games, according to their motto, are “designed to encourage health and fitness of men and women age 50 and over on all levels of fitness.” In Meridian we are no strangers to having an active lifestyle. In fact, our quality of life has been repeatedly recognized by national publications such as Family Circle, CNN/Money, and America’s Promise, due in large part to how active our citizens are.
I wish all of the competitors the best of luck and I hope to see many of you cheering on our local senior athletes as they compete throughout our community! It is because of events like these, and places such as Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village, that I am reminded why I love to live in Meridian!