Discovering the Treemendous Playground in St. Peter
Compared to those of my childhood, the playgrounds of today seriously blow me away. I could only have imagined such beautiful playgrounds in my dreams as a child. While the swing sets, teeter totters, and merry-go-rounds of the past were loads of fun, they can’t compete with some of the modern day playgrounds that blend art with imagination and fun.
While spending a day in St. Peter a while back, the kids and I discovered one such incredible playground. The minute I saw the Treemendous Playground, I fell in love. It depicts the scene of an old river town and includes murals of people and animals.The children of St. Peter also provided ideas used in the design including a forest, a bear’s den, a steamboat, a covered wagon, a log cabin and a school house.
History of the Treemendous Playground
The Treemendous playground is located at Gorman Park. The park is named after Willis A. Gorman, a Territorial Governor of Minnesota who served in 1853. While he was governor, Gorman proposed moving the capital of Minnesota from St. Paul to St. Peter. Legislator Joe Rolette blocked his attempt by stealing his proposal while the Legislature was in session. Willis Gorman also served in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War.
In 1998, a tornado struck the town of St. Peter and destroyed many of the towns famous old growth trees, including some at Gorman park. The loss of the trees became part of the inspiration for the Treemendous Playground. After months of planning, over 2000 volunteers from the community came together to help with the construction of the playground!
Plan your visit to this beautiful playground today!