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Metroparks announces plans for privately-funded Treehouse Village

 

LUCAS COUNTY, OH, Sept. 28, 2018: The Board of Park Commissioners has announced that construction has begun on a $1.5 million Treehouse Village at Oak Openings Preserve, and the Metroparks Toledo Foundation will announce a campaign to fund the project with private contributions.

 

The announcement followed the board meeting. Speakers included Scott J. Savage (president of the Board of Park Commissioners) and Joe Napoli (president of the board of the newly relaunched Metroparks Toledo Foundation).

 

About the Treehouse Village

 

Savage announced plans to build the Treehouse Village at the new Beach Ridge Area at Oak Openings. The Village will open next year and include:

 

A six-person treehouse

 

A four-person treehouse

 

Two, two-person treehouses

 

Three tent/hammock platforms for camping in the trees

 

A common treehouse with seating for up to 49 people

 

And a crow's nest linked to the common treehouse by a canopy walk

 

The four private treehouses and tent platforms will be available to rent for overnight stays, while the common treehouse will be available to rent for daytime use by groups.

 

The Metroparks Construction Crew is building the treehouse village, which was designed by Nelson Treehouse and Supply, the company featured in the Animal Planet TV series “Treehouse Masters.” Nelson was also involved with the initial construction of phase 1.

 

“We’re thrilled to report that no other park system in the country will have a treehouse village inspired and designed by Treehouse Masters,” Mr. Savage said. “It is yet another example of the forward thinking and innovation that makes Metroparks Toledo one of the top park systems in the country. We are so grateful to the generous supporters and the Foundation, who are making this project happen in our community.”

 

About the Campaign

 

Napoli announced the lead donors who have already made substantial financial contributions. Because of the support from the foundation and lead donors, Metroparks has begun constructing phase 1, which includes the common treehouse, crow's nest and a tower that will support a cable suspension bridge. The campaign will raise additional funds for phase 2, which includes the overnight treehouses.

 

“The purpose of the Foundation is to raise resources and awareness to support the many great things Metroparks brings to our community,” Mr. Napoli said. “The Treehouse Village is our first major project, and I’m pleased to announce that we are well on our way to making this unique new experience a reality.”

 

Creating a Destination

 

The Treehouse Village will be part of the 420-acre Beach Ridge Area, which Metroparks acquired between 2013 and 2015. The area also includes a just-completed, 12-mile mountain bike trail built largely by volunteers; Metroparks second FitPark, an outdoor fitness area sponsored by Mercy Health; and a new multi-use facility with a bicycle theme that also houses restrooms and showers to service treehouse guests.

 

Oak Openings already offers two campgrounds, two rentable cottages, two lakes for fishing and kayaking, as well as trails for hiking, cycling and horseback riding.

 

“In recent years, we have added many compelling new ways for people to connect with the out-of-doors, from new parks and trails to a 3D archery course and camping on a Maumee River island,” said Dave Zenk, Metroparks Toledo executive director. “These experiences, along with the Treehouse Village, add to our region’s growing reputation as a great place to live, work and play.”

 

Zenk added that revenue from rentals will pay for the operational costs of the Treehouses, as well as outreach efforts to engage the community. For example, 20 percent of the time, the common treehouse will be used for public programs, giving everyone the opportunity to experience the unique facility.

 

 
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