Ground was broken recently for a treehouse at Coe Lake Park near the John Mucklo Playground.
The City of Berea received a $50,000 Community Development Supplemental Grant from Cuyahoga County to help pay for the treehouse. The Kiwanis Club of Berea donated another $30,000 for the naming rights.
Berea Kiwanis celebrated its 100th anniversary on Sept. 18 with a Community Day at Coe Lake and the treehouse groundbreaking helped kick off the celebrations.
The house will span two trees and be anchored to a light pole. The main deck will measure 30x15 feet with a secondary deck of 8x10 feet. Those will be about 10 feet from the ground. A third 8x10-foot deck will be 12 feet off the ground. The treehouse will be partially covered by a thatched roof. The design will match that of the nearby Kiwanis Pavilion.
Jeff Haas of Berea Kiwanis said the club was looking for a legacy project to mark its 100th year. “We talked to the Mayor and thought the treehouse was a good fit,” he said. Kiwanis’ motto is “Serving the Children of the World,” Haas said, so the treehouse seemed appropriate.
Matt Madzy, Berea’s development director, said construction of the treehouse probably will begin in the spring 2022.