The Summer Dale Treehouse at Play Chastain (Atlanta, Georgia)

What if you lost someone you loved dearly? There is never a replacement, but sometimes, just sometimes, a memorial or remembrance is so powerful that it touches the heart and softens the blow just a bit. 

This amazing treehouse in the newly opened Play Chastain playground at Atlanta Chastain Park was designed and built as a memorial to my wickedly lovable 16-year-old step daughter Summer Dale. You hear of people waging a valiant battle against cancer and Summer did just that. Joan of Arc had nothing on her. Not that it's much consolation for us, but for a teenaged girl the fact that she really rocked a bald head was kind of cool, too. But, not so cool that she lost the battle on November 11, 2012. I'll save my choice words about cancer for another day.

I know that Summer would love this treehouse designed by Amy Blom Leathers of Houser Walker Architecture. I can't wait until the trees leaf up and grow and surround the treehouse with their beauty. The best thing is the thrill of hearing the children laughing and screaming as they climb through the treehouse and down the net in the middle. 

It is fantastic! I can't help but think that that joyous energy that was Summer Dale will be floating around the playground for decades to come. Pretty cool, Summer. 

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Tags: Atlanta, Chastain, Conservancy, Dale, Park, Play, Summer, treehouse


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