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‘Playgarden’ coming to fruition

7/4/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Rendering courtesy of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
WEST AKRON — Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens has announced The Pattie Group, of Novelty, as the landscaping firm hired to design and build Playgarden, opening in 2014. A rendering of the garden is shown above.

Playgarden is being built as a participatory multi-generational outdoor experience for families with children of all ages. Currently in the design phase, the 5,000-square-foot garden will be located just north of the Corbin Conservatory and will include elements that echo architectural features and interior spaces of the Manor House, Carriage House and the historic gardens on the estate. A water feature, discovery areas and interactive play areas will be part of the space.

“We are grateful that the [Robert O. and Annamae] Orr Foundation shared our vision and offered its support to create a special garden for some of our youngest guests and their families to enjoy,” said Linda Conrad, president and executive director of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

“The Stan Hywet project has given us another unique opportunity to design a garden specifically for children’s delight and family interaction,” said Jonas Pattie, executive vice president of The Pattie Group. “The Stan Hywet leadership team’s commitment to making this project truly special and reflective of the rich and storied history is inspiring. We are honored to collaborate with Stan Hywet to create a new garden experience for families to enjoy for generations to come.”

Groundbreaking will occur this summer.

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