Now through May 14, children in Young Fives through sixth grade from throughout the community can submit one design each for the Imagination Station Tree House Challenge. The winner will be contacted during the week of May 21.
Imagination Station steering committee members will judge the entries and look for originality, creativity and ideas that can be used by different ages and abilities. Students must use an 8.5-by-11-inch paper for their drawing, and they must label the features of their tree house design.
Drawings and completed Design Challenge forms, which are available online at gh-reimagine.org, can be submitted to Loutit District Library’s children’s section.
“We want all the kids to have their voices heard, or at least a shot at it,” said Andrew Ratke, who is the co-chairperson of the children’s committee for the Reimagine Project.
Local students helped design the new inclusive play space for all ages and abilities last fall. Designers from Leathers and Associates used student designs to create the final design.
Ratke, a S.T.E.M. teacher for Grand Haven Area Public Schools, said they’re introducing the challenge to their classes and providing students with a chance to brainstorm ideas they might like to see in the tree house. Ratke said that if students don’t complete their drawings in class, they’re able to finish them at home.
The Reimagine Project to build a new play space at Mulligan’s Hollow is estimated to cost about $500,000. The new space is slated to be built by volunteers this fall.