Mrs. Andrew Fasken dreamed about a retirement community in Midland, Texas, because there were no facilities available where seniors could receive care and services as they aged. In 1960 she asked Dr. R. Matthew Lynn, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, and her son, Murray Fasken, to recruit a steering committee to develop a retirement facility.
In 1963, Manor Park, Inc. (originally Midland Presbyterian Homes, Inc.) was incorporated as a not-for-profit, non-denominational Texas corporation. A five-acre tract at 2800 West Illinois Avenue was acquired and by 1970, Trinity Towers opened its doors to serve the first senior residents. Soon, the five-story tower and forty surrounding apartments were operating at capacity, so a second tower was added in February 1978.
A second Manor Park campus was developed on forty acres donated by the Jessie Wallace Estate in September 1982. Due to the generosity of our community, the new campus featuring apartments, townhomes and a beautiful activity center opened debt-free.
With additional contributions from our community, more services were soon added including the Mabee Healthcare Center for long-term nursing care in 1985, the John F. Younger Special Care Center for residents with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994, Helen Greathouse Manor for assisted living and the Vogel Center for residents with early stages of memory impairment in 2005. The Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation Care Center opened in 2008.
Manor Park and Midland College partnered to open a Children’s Day Care Center on the campus that features intergenerational activities. The Campbell Wellness Center was created to offer residents an extensive exercise and wellness program, and in 2008, the Margaret Cowden Clubhouse was opened to offer a new venue for dining and activities. Thirteen acres south of Sinclair Street were purchased in 2006 to accommodate the future expansion of Manor Park facilities. Memorials and gifts to the endowment fund have allowed Manor Park to care for residents who outlive their financial resources and for Medicaid residents in nursing care.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Fasken did not live to see the fruition of her dream. But due to her vision, there have been thousands of senior residents over the past forty years who have benefited from Manor Park’s quality housing, care and services. Today Manor Park has a complete continuum of care and has created an atmosphere fostering dignity, respect and a meaningful daily life for our residents.