Work Underway To Fix Treehouse In Scranton’s Nay Aug Park
SCRANTON — Officials hope to reopen the closed David Wenzel Treehouse at Nay Aug Park by summer, city Recreation Director Brian Fallon said today.
Work to fix the popular treehouse began recently with construction of forms for concrete footers of new steel supports that will be installed, Fallon said.
Pouring of concrete began Monday and work continued today by Mar-Paul Construction Co. Inc. of Jessup, Fallon said.
“It should be done hopefully before the summer time, weather permitting,” Fallon said.
The city closed the treehouse on May 8, 2017, because of safety concerns about dead trees and branches that form some of the structural supports.
Steel poles made to resemble trees hold up part of the treehouse and a winding, connector walkway. But an oak tree, now dead, is one main support of the structure that sits high above Davis Trail. Other branches, also now rotted, form some of the supports of the winding walkway linking Nay Aug Park’s interior paved road to the treehouse atop a steep slope.
That slope, as well as other nearby trees, create some challenges in getting workers and equipment into the construction site, Fallon said.
Part of Davis Trail directly under the treehouse is closed and will remain closed throughout the repair project, he said.
“There’s tree trimming that has to be done. It all has to do with safety” of workers and the public using the park, he said.
Opened May 25, 2007, the covered perch high above Nay Aug Gorge provided a picturesque spot where many couples exchanged wedding vows. An all-season attraction, the treehouse got heavy use even in winter and was completely accessible to people with disabilities.
“It’s going to be nice” when reopened, Fallon said. “We have people come from all over to get on it.”
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