Yesterday I visited Frick Park to see the location for Kate and Peter’s Treehouse, on the other side of Frick from where it was originally proposed to go.
Upon entering this portion of the park called the Frick Environmental Center, I was directed by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy staff down a path into the woods where eventually you hit a clearing and there surrounding an enormous tree is a raised wooded platform where eventually the treehouse will go.
The purpose of the meeting was to take inspiration from the parents and children who will one day use the naturespace, as they call it. Stations were set up to trigger the creative process, to encourage those in attendance to write down what they envisioned the treehouse should be. Those pieces of idea and thought were then clipped to suspended strings.
Some of the best I saw:
This little girl pinned up a drawing of how she’d like the treehouse to look:
For inspiration, the Parks Conservancy clipped up a bunch of elements from other play spaces that could possibly be incorporated. When Amy showed this picture to me, she said her kids would have loved something like this. Suspended in air. Above it all.
I wonder if she’s the one who wrote this on the back:
Others I loved:
Some little genius wrote this one:
I like how he or she then put a check mark on it. Like, “APPROVED!”
That resulted in more discussion by the adults about having a zipline from Mt. Washington to Downtown. That needs to happen.
A suggestion from an adult:
The day could not have been more perfect for the outdoor meeting. Perfect blue sky, warm light filtering through the trees. Exactly the kind of day I could see parents bringing their children to the treehouse someday.
As I told a few people at the meeting, I already know the final product is going to be simply amazing because the designers aren’t just designing a treehouse for nameless children who will one day visit the space. They’re building it with Kate and Peter’s faces and names in their hearts and that’s going to drive their passion to create something that serves as a fitting and lasting memorial to Amy’s children.