Restore Rebuild Renew
RESTORE, REBUILD, RENEW is the first major campaign and project to upgrade and update Rolling Ridge in many, many years. It addresses sleeping rooms, meeting rooms, restrooms, accessibility, historic landscape, and programs.
Tired accommodations, shared bathrooms, and multiple beds in some rooms do not appeal to today’s meeting or retreat goer. We intend to increase the number of bedrooms and add private baths and climate controls. Several rooms will be specifically designed for handicapped accessibility.
Tired meeting spaces will be revitalized. Tyson Hall, the main meeting space, will be upgraded with new lighting, flooring, and media enhancements to better meet the needs of today’s users. The lower level meeting rooms in the main house will be refurbished and made more accessible and have public restrooms added. We have planned for French doors leading to a Lakeside patio for meetings, meals, informal conversations, and special events.
Our 1920’s estate was designed with multiple levels but without consideration for accessibility for all. An entrance ramp and one adjusted bedroom helped, but are insufficient. We are planning elevators and four fully handicapped accessible rooms, much more in keeping with our reputation for “gracious hospitality”.
The Moses/Carriage house will become an upgraded retreat lodge. The main floor will be reconfigured into six sleeping rooms and several private hallway baths. The second floor dormitory will be divided into individual rooms and additional baths. The lower-level meeting rooms will be replace with a state of the art conference room with coffee bar and restrooms. There will also be a dedicated meditation space for individuals and small groups as well as a lift and new accessibility to parking.
The Ridge’s landscape is one of the finest designs of celebrated twentieth-century landscape architect Fletcher Steele, but 90 years of growth and decay have left the history fountains greatly in need of repair and restoration. Plans have been drawn to re-pipe and restore the fountain and to renew the entrance and courtyard gardens. Reopening the original road will bring guests through the trees, alongside the Late, to the stunning view of the estate. Crumbling stucco, decaying entry pillars, and insufficiently designed ramp will all be repaired.
The Center for Spirituality and Leadership will build on current programs to create resources, programs, and experiences of growth and spiritual learning. The four key ministries will be: Spiritual renewal, Leadership development, Interfaith experiences, and Church re-envisioned. Major partnerships, gifted leadership, and thoughtful interconnections will be hallmarks of the Center as it serves not only United Methodists but multiple expressions of faith and spirituality.
It is an exciting time and offers an exciting future for Rolling Ridge, please consider how you can help to make it all happen. Please contact Lawrence Jay, Executive Director for more information. View the Campaign Brochure. (pdf)