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Winners announced in Imagination Station Treehouse Challenge

Krystle Wagner • Jun 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Two local children’s treehouse designs will come to life this fall.

The designs by Maggie Mulcahy, 7, and Ava Newton, 8, for the Imagination Station Treehouse Design Challenge received the top votes and will become part of the new play space at Mulligan’s Hollow. Mulcahy and Newton will work with professionals during the build week in October to help their designs take shape.

The two entries were among five finalists that received votes on Facebook last week. More than 200 entries were entered into the challenge.

Mulcahy and Newton said they were both surprised to learn their drawings were selected.

Mulcahy’s design includes features such as a telescope, bridge, climbing net and a ramp to allow kids in wheelchairs access to play on the structure.

Mulcahy, a first-grader at Peach Plains Elementary School, considered ideas she liked at different playgrounds and incorporated them into her design. She said she thought other children might enjoy the features.

Lori Sharkey-Mulcahy said she’s proud that her daughter’s creativity is being recognized on a larger scale.

After beginning her drawing at school, Newton continued working on the plans at home up until the challenge deadline. The Griffin Elementary School second-grader’s plans include a castle, tree, toy shed and tunnel.

Newton said her younger sister, Kylie, helped with some of the coloring for the design.

Julie Newton said her daughter almost didn’t submit her entry.

Last fall, local students also played a role in designing the new play space. The project is estimated to cost about $500,000.

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