Master Craftsmen Help Build Community Treehouse

By Ronelle Williams |

Published 08/20 2014 02:04PM

Updated 08/20 2014 02:37PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The Parks Department is another step closer to giving everyone a treehouse experience regardless of disabilities.  And now they've gotten some help from Rustic Ozark Log Cabins.

"There's a lot of playgrounds and stuff where the special needs kids can't do the same things.  Well, we plan on them being able to do everything here," said Stan Weston of the Parks Department.

"The Treehouse For Everyone" at Bartlett Park started out as an idea and is now becoming a reality.  It took 3 years of collecting donations and tracking down grants to purchase all of the materials.

"We've had baseball tournaments, softball tournaments, golf tournaments.  We've been doing it for 3 years and maybe people been wondering where their money's going but if they drive by now they can see it," said Weston.

Stan Weston of the Parks Department contacted Rustic Ozark Log Cabins to help build the railing.  They sent a group of Mennonite workers to help with the build.  They've been featured on the National Geographic Network.

"We'd love to get involved and help build this treehouse for everyone.  To help bring families together to enjoy the park," said Norman Troyer of Rustic Ozark Log Cabins.

For Norman Troyer it wasn't just about the building, but a sense of paying it forward.

"We always look for opportunities to help other people and we thought this would be a great way to do that.  Of course we are created by God and He's the giver of all good gifts and He gives us life so we want to pass it on to others," said Troyer.

The treehouse will be accessible with a full ramp and railing and a reservation policy will be created so that it can be used for special occasions.

"Reserve it if you want it for a certain time.  Kids from the school might want to come down, teachers might want to come down and have a class here.  It's going to be available for anything, it's in a public park, it's open," said Weston.

Once the treehouse is complete, the Parks Department will continue to add features to it.

"We're planning to improve it all the time.  There's something new that always comes up that you can do with a playground," said Weston.

The Parks Department is still accepting donations for the project.  An opening ceremony has been planned for Sunday September 28th at 1 pm.

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