"Summer's Treehouse" will be built in Play Chastain in memory of 16-year-old Chastain Park neighbor Summer Dale who died from cancer on November 11, 2012. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today has an article on Summer's generous spirit and love for children. Always looking for a way to help other children, especially those with cancer, Summer loved the idea of a treehouse (especially if it had wifi!). Her other favorite park amenity was a good swing.
The picture above is from the Witte Museum in Texas. It and Summer's spirit and a child's sense of wonder are our inspirations as we design the wheelchair-accessible treehouse for the thousands of children who will play here for decades to come.
Park Pride has honored the Chastain Park Conservancy with their inaugural Legacy Grant of $100,000 specifically for the treehouse. Since the treehouse is made for the heavy use of a public park and will be built on a "faux bois" tree base sculpted out of reinforced concrete on a steel frame it is not your every day treehouse! Because of this, more funds will have to be raised (for the wheelchair accessible bridge, etc.)
This treehouse will be beautiful, surprising and fun, but built around a core of steel. Just like our girl Summer.
(left: Summer kisses her Dad, Interlochen Drive resident Al Dale, goodnight at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston)