Oct 5th, 2011

Lewis Ginter Tree House Designers Given Barrier Free America Award

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

We are very proud that last week, our accessible-to-all CWD Kids Tree House in the Children’s Garden was recognized nationally, as tree house designers James BoFer Roth and John Connell of The Treehouse Guys  accepted the Barrier Free America award  by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  PVA recognized the designers for helping create a tree house that can be “climbed” by all visitors, including those with limited mobility. The tree house is on the edge of the Garden’s lake with dramatic views to the Conservatory, the Rose Garden and Lotus Bridge.

The Paralyzed Veterans of America notes that the Garden’s Tree House sends a bigger message to the world about accessibility:

  • The universally accessible ramp system that makes getting to the top of the treehouse easy and enjoyable. The gradual assent to the treehouse is an accessible pleasure for everyone, with great views and rest stops along the way.
  • The creation of an all-inclusive structure that allows people of all ages and physical abilities to enjoy the treehouse together. In the past a treehouse would have been off-limits to people with disabilities, or the elderly, who may have limited mobility. Now it’s something that everyone no matter their ages or abilities can enjoy.
  • The important message that an accessible treehouse sends to architects—that the sky’s the limit when it comes to making our nation more accessible.

WTVR, Richmond’s Chanel 6, made a 1-minute video about the award that I thought you’d enjoy.

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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