Boldly Harnessing The Power Of Nature

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The Brookline Center's New Outdoor Therapeutic Space

In November, The Brookline Center broke ground on a new Outdoor Therapeutic Space, marking a milestone in the Center’s mission to develop innovative approaches to care. Harnessing the proven healing power of nature, the space will provide multiple benefits for clients and clinicians. 

The Outdoor Therapeutic Space will transform land behind the Center’s offices at 41 Garrison Road into a fully accessible therapeutic space featuring vibrant gardens, private therapy areas, a multi-use play court, and relaxing areas for clients and family members to spend time before or during appointments. The space will be used primarily for clinical treatment, including individual and group therapy for children and youth.  

“As we embark on the next stage of the Center’s growth, the Outdoor Therapeutic Space represents a foundational building block for our future,” said CEO Ian Lang at the groundbreaking ceremony attended by project funders and principals. “To effectively meet the needs of our communities, we must change how we provide services, who provides services, and where services are provided. This space will allow us to do all three.” 

Reaching the project’s groundbreaking was achieved through unwavering dedication, bold vision, and successful collaboration. 

The Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation played an instrumental role in bringing the project to fruition with an investment of more than half a million dollars. “We deeply appreciate The Hamilton Foundation’s dedication to our mission and the positive impact their generosity will have on our clients and staff,” said Facilities Chair Mike Mayo. 

The Center is grateful to all who contributed their expertise, time, and creativity to advance the project, including Mayo; Facilities Committee members David Cotney, Pam Lodish, and Karin Miller; Chief Operating Officer Funmi Aguocha; Chief Development Officer Nancy Vineberg; Bauman Remodeling; and studioMLA Architects.  

The Outdoor Therapeutic Space is scheduled to open in early summer 2024.