Construction Underway on Specially Designed Tree House

By Ronelle Williams |

Published 07/07 2014 04:21PM

Updated 07/08 2014 11:09AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)  Climbing trees was and still is a big part of childhood for some, but not all kids have the ability to do so.

Now, a new feature at Bartlett Park will soon give that option to all children.

On Monday, construction began on an adaptive tree house at the park. The tree house will be available for kids of all ages and abilities. Mike Ritter says that what started as a simple idea will have nothing less than a positive impact on St. Joseph and surrounding communities.

"It's gonna create a play space where people with and without disabilities can play together.  And the cool thing we hope is that the disability just kind of goes away and kids have an opportunity to just be kids and play together," said MWSU Accessibility Coordinator Mike Ritter.

The design of the tree house will consist of a ramp, an observation deck, a bridge, and the house.  Construction is expected to finish by August and the grand opening will take place in September.

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