Planning for a treehouse village in Swanton is in its early stages. At their March meeting, the Toledo Area Metroparks Board approved an agreement with Nelson Treehouse and Supply to design a treehouse village.
The property is located on State Route 64 near the Swanton Reservoir and is part of a 500 acre addition to Oak Openings Preserve. It was formerly owned by the Cannaley family.
The owner of Nelson Treehouse and Supply is Pete Nelson, the star of the reality TV show “Treehouse Masters.” It airs on the Animal Planet network.
The company will come up with a design for the treehouse village.
“It is not our intent, however, to hire the company to build the treehouses,” said Scott Carpenter, Metroparks director of public relations. “Our own construction crew and volunteers will do the construction.”
There is no timeline for building the treehouses, according to Carpenter. Items such as feasibility and costs will first need to be determined.
Construction of a single track mountain bike trail is also underway in the area south of Airport Highway along State Route 64. It is planned to open in phases with the first section sharing portions of the Wabash Cannonball Trail and the park’s hiking trail.
Riders are currently able to ride the first part of the trail. It will be accessible from the Springbrook Area on State Route 64 (Waterville Swanton Road) and is mainly to the north on the east side of 64.
A grand opening event for that section is tentatively planned for May.
Plans for the second section of the trail call for the it to continue to the west of State Route 64 and into Fulton County. It will travel on land previously planned for the golf club at Saddlehorn.
A dedicated trail head north of Swanton Reservoir property is also among future possible plans. It would include parking, a restroom, and a flexible use facility.
Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010
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