Photo by Jessica Keller: Bayview residents and guests take a closer look at bricks making up the new dedication pathway during an unveiling and dedication ceremony Friday at Bayview Retirement Community in Queen Anne.
Photo by Jessica Keller: Bayview residents and guests take a closer look at bricks making up the new dedication pathway during an unveiling and dedication ceremony Friday at Bayview Retirement Community in Queen Anne.

Bayview residents, staff, guests and supporters celebrated the Queen Anne retirement community’s 60th anniversary and being together after a long pandemic Friday with the unveiling of a brick garden walkway.

The brick walkway, which replaced a gravel edge on the terrace, includes engraved bricks inscribed with names and messages in honor of Bayview’s residents and staff. The project, which was led by the Bayview Foundation, began last April.

After surveying the crowd enjoying cider or sparkling wine, Bayview CEO Nancy Weinbeck, said that Friday’s gathering was positive to see and marked the first large event the retirement community has hosted since the start of the pandemic.

“This feels like Bayview,” Weinbeck said. “Bayview hasn’t felt like Bayview in a year and a half.”

Weinbeck said the brick pathway project is one of love and honors residents, friends and staff, past and present. She noted it is also a testament to the Bayview community and the work that has taken place from 1961 to the present.

“This is a path built out of common purpose: love for our community,” Weinbeck said.

Bayview Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Hooper said he appreciated the opportunity to celebrate “at another uniquely Bayview event” and was excited for the future of Bayview, which is celebrating 60 years in the community this year.

“Bayview has deep roots in this area, and I appreciate Bayview’s history and potential, in particular the potential to improve and keep becoming an even more exciting and relevant part of our growing and changing Uptown and Queen Anne community,” Hooper said.

While the brick pathway campaign started as a way to celebrate Bayview’s 60th anniversary and commemorate loved ones, the fundraiser evolved into something else: a way to recognize the staff and their sacrifices while serving the residents throughout the pandemic.

To that end, residents pooled their resources and raised enough to purchase a brick for every staff member.

“We all owe so much to our great employees who continue to help guide us through a roller-coaster ride pandemic that is still not totally behind us,” Hooper said.

Prior to the Bayview Foundation members revealing the brick walk edging the terrace, Weinbeck toasted the event and the walkway with a quote from Anonymous.

“‘There is not one path. There is not even the right path. There is only your path.’ Here’s to Bayview’s path, built from 60 years of love, leading us into a bright future,” Weinbeck said.

Bayview Foundation President Allen Raymond, who resides at Bayview, said he was proud of the work everybody put into the fundraising and the final result, although helping to sort the 8 pound bricks left him a little sore before Friday’s celebration.

“I can’t remember the last time I felt so good about a project,” Raymond said.

Raymond said the Foundation campaign was used to purchase 400 bricks for the walkway and raised money for the Bayview Foundation, which provides funds to subsidize residents and improve quality of life at Bayview. For the family sale, people purchased an engraved brick with a special message for a set price. To recognize the employees, Bayview residents chipped in as much as they wanted, Raymond said.