Parkshore Senior Community marks 25 years in St. Louis Park

Parkshore Senior Community celebrates 25th anniversary.
Fran Benson has lived in Parkshore Senior Community since it opened.

Daily water exercise in the pool, nightly card games (plus bingo on Saturdays) and twice-weekly hosting sessions in the dining room keep Fran Benson, 90, very busy at Parkshore Senior Community in St. Louis Park.  Twenty-five years ago, Fran and her husband, who arrived here from Waterloo, Iowa, were the second couple to move into the building, which had just opened.  Since then, assisted living and memory care residences have been added to the campus. “Parkshore was the first place we looked at and it made such a good impression on me,” Benson says. Although her husband died three years later, Benson has made many friends over the years, remained incredibly active, loves the community and proudly proclaims “there is no place I’d rather be.”According to campus director Mike Metzler, Benson helped create community spirit herself for several years, bringing homemade rolls to a weekly Thursday-morning gathering. “If I wanted to know what was going on in the building, that’s where I’d go,” Metzler says. & Parkshore Senior Community, 3663 Park Center Blvd.; 952.925.6231.