In 2019, we completed a feasibility study for a new children and family space at Allerton, created by W. Gary Smith and the Hitchcock Design Group, with support from DiAnne and Terry Hatch. As funding is acquired over the next several years, the area (pictured, right) between the Main Parking Lot and Fu Dog Garden will transform into a multi-generational, accessible feature to Allerton’s existing upland oak-history forest.
The first phase includes a fully accessible nature trail, the first of its kind at the Park. Whether you’re pushing a stroller, walking a circuit, or adventuring in a wheelchair – the accessible path will be a useful and safe way to experience nature. Individual donors have had a tremendous impact on making Allerton more accessible for all, and this project provides another opportunity to make a significant difference in the health and well-being of future visitors.
Additional phases will feature immersive elements of a natural play area, many drawing on inspiration from the Park itself. The Teahouse Treehouse (pictured, left), a Fountain Creek, The Stumpery, and many other unique spaces will offer meaningful encounters between people and the natural world. This space will be an ideal retreat in the woods, allowing for birdwatching, nature observation, and fun for both adults and kids.