Gazette News Report
BEAVERCREEK TOWNSHIP — Owen’s Place, a universally accessible playground recreation, celebrated its newest addition, Tree House Village, during ceremonies Aug. 27.
Tree House Village will join the existing playground, giving the county more than acre of accessible play and recreation areas. The Tree House Village has ramps, swings, swinging bridges, boardwalks and a clubhouse that is accessible by everyone, regardless of abilities.
Phase 1 was a shadow play area with colorful panels with solid color sides that all have different textures. This provides an activity for visually impaired children to use their sense of touch. There are also two bench swings set at wheelchair height so individuals can access them easily.
Located in Victory Park, accessible through Rotary Park in Beavercreek, Owen’s Place was the idea of Trish Gustafson, whose son, Owen, uses a wheelchair.