Metroparks Toledo and the Swanton Area Chamber of Commerce will host a community open house Saturday, Oct. 27 from noon to 2 p.m. at the new Beach Ridge Area at Oak Openings Preserve, future site of the Cannaley Treehouse Village.
In a separate event, Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Swanton resident and the lead contributor to the project Linda Cannaley will host coffee and donuts at the treehouses for Swanton area seniors.
The entrance to the Beach Ridge Area is at 3520 Waterville-Swanton Road (SR64), just south of Airport Highway in Swanton.
Visitors at the open house will be able to tour the construction site and see one-inch scale models of the treehouse village, crafted by volunteers Al and Jan Grant. Refreshments will be served.
Metroparks is in the midst of a capital campaign and has secured more than 75 percent of its goal to raise $1.5 million to privately-fund one of the nation’s most unique park developments. The project will include:
• A common treehouse with a catwalk to a crow’s nest. Currently under construction, the largest of the five treehouses will accommodate up to 50 people for parties and programs.
• Two 2-person, one 4-person and one 6-person treehouses for overnight accommodations, plus three platforms for tent or hammock camping in the trees.
Beach Ridge is also one of three trailheads for a 12-mile singletrack trail for mountain biking.
A former barn has been renovated as a bicycle-themed meeting place, and also houses restrooms with showers for treehouse guests.
The purpose of the treehouse village is to engage people in the outdoors, and continue to develop the region’s growing reputation as a destination for nature-lovers. Metroparks is challenging the community to raise the remaining funds to complete the project by 2019.
For more information, or to contribute to the project, visit metroparkstoledofoundation.org.