Minnesota Wonders

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.

Discovering the Treemendous Playground in St. Peter, Minnesota. The Treemendous Playground was built by the local community after the 1998 tornado damaged the city's famous old growth trees. It blends a castle design with beautiful murals of animals and people.

A forest scene built into the Treemendous Playground in St. Peter, Minnesota.

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.

Discovering the Treemendous Playground in St. Peter, Minnesota. The Treemendous Playground was built by the local community after the 1998 tornado damaged the city's famous old growth trees. It blends a castle design with beautiful murals of animals and people.

Views of the beautiful Treemendous Playground in St. Peter, Minnesota

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.

Discovering the Treemendous Playground in St. Peter, Minnesota. The Treemendous Playground was built by the local community after the 1998 tornado damaged the city's famous old growth trees. It blends a castle design with beautiful murals of animals and people.

A face cut out photo mural at the Treemendous Playground in St. Peter, Minnesota.

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!

Discovering the Treemendous Playground in St. Peter, Minnesota. The Treemendous Playground was built by the local community after the 1998 tornado damaged the city's famous old growth trees. It blends a castle design with beautiful murals of animals and people.

The children of St. Peter, Minnesota designed tiles for this collaborative art project for the Treemendous Playground in St. Peter, Minnesota.

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Discovering the Treemendous Playground in St. Peter, Minnesota. The Treemendous Playground was built by the local community after the 1998 tornado damaged the city's famous old growth trees. It blends a castle design with beautiful murals of animals and people.

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  • OMG, this looks a lot like the one on the way to Lanesboro. It’s amazing. Where a kid can be a kid and not enclosed on plastic safety equipment.

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