Thank you, Toledo. We did it!

The campaign to raise $1.5 million to privately fund the nation's largest public treehouse village has surpassed its fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of our community.

Individual donations during the Days of Giving campaign pushed the total over the top. Funds raised beyond the original goal will allow for additional features to be added to the Cannaley Treehouse Village. Closing sponsors were Yark Subaru, Buckeye Broadband and ThermaTru.

Retailers throughout the region participated in the campaign, including a check-out round up program that continues through today at the two Walt Churchill's Markets. Balance Pan Asian Grille, SIP Coffee, Earnest Brew Works, Toledo Spirits and Cycle Werks were all retail partners.

Thank you to the Metroparks Toledo Foundation for its leadership, and congratulations on the success of its first campaign. Special thanks also to the members of the treehouse committee: Linda Cannaley, honorary chair; Carrie Alexander, Chair; Ben Batey, Sue Hague-Rogers, Molly Luetke, Leslie Schubargo, Sharon Simmons and
Matt Yarder.

The Cannaley Treehose Village will open in May at Oak Openings Preserve.

Expected Results

A One-of-a-Kind Experience in Nature
The goal of the Treehouse Village is to provide a new exciting way for people to connect with nature. We believe the Village will be the only treehouse site in a public park system that is available for overnight stay, creating an experience that is entirely unique. 

Local Economic Growth
When paired with the 11-mile single track mountain bike trail, the new 500-acre section of Oak Openings will become a true destination for local and out-of-town visitors. In the first year, the mountain bike trail has attracted over 100,000 visitors. The addition of the treehouse will create new opportunities for business and economic development in the surrounding area.

The project is the next important step in the Metroparks vision to become the premier park system in the nation and a centerpiece of our region’s identity.

Thank you for taking the Metroparks to new heights

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Make checks payable to:

Metroparks Toledo Foundation
5100 W Central Avenue, Suite A
Toledo, Ohio 43615

The Project
Common Area Treehouse
Common Area Crow’s Nest
2 Person Treehouse (2)
4 Person Treehouse
6 Person Treehouse
Tent/Hammock Platform (3)

The large common area treehouse will seat up to 49 
and be available for day use by groups for meetings
and retreats.

For more information on the project please contact:


Thank You to Our Project Supporters

Leadership Supporter
Linda Najarian Cannaley

Canopy Level
Peg and Jerry Fye

Heights Level
Craig & Amy Findley
Yark Subaru

Branch Level
Carrie & Brad Alexander and Dave & Carol Haddix

Trunk Level
Anderson Foundation
RMF Nooter

Roots Level
Aly Sterling Philanthropy
Al and Jan Grant
B. Hill'z Excavating
Milton Bennett Family
Daniel and Theresa Effler
Gene and Ellen Hubbard
Knight Insurance Agency
Larry and Susan Kowalski
Mark Haynes Construction, Inc.
Midland Title & Escrow, Ltd.
Owens Corning
Sharon Simmons
John and Yolanda Szuch
David and Nanci Westrick
Mel and Annette Wicks
The Yarder Manufacturing Company

Seed Supporters
21st Century Paints
Dick and Fran Anderson
A&J Landscape Center
Jeff and Jessica Bair
Friends of David Barnes
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Basista
Ben and Allie Batey
Paul Betz
Rey and Rosemary Boezi
Daniel Brown
Coleman Systems, Inc.
James and Kimberly Cooper
Michael and Mary Desmond
DGL Consulting Engineers LLC
Richard and Janet Dickas
David and Wilma DiManna
The Edge Group
Ally and Rich Effler
DJ and Sarah Effler
Finley Hauling, Inc.
Josh and Lauren Green
Habitec Security
John R. and Susan Hadley
Gerald & Jennine Hoeffel Foundation
Sue and Bill Horvath
Adele Jasion
Andy and Rose Kandik
Louisville Title Agency
Mark and Sandy Leutke
Molly Luetke
Mansour Wealth Management
Mastin Septic and Well/Co-Man Portables
Jack Mayer
Meyer Hill Lynch Corporation
Susan Pohlod
Sue Ryno
Jim and Sue Scheib
Leslie Schubargo and Mark Tansey
SJS Investment Consulting
Rhoda Taylor/Adohr Corp.
Terrabilt, Inc.
Tom and Lynnette Titus
Valle Homes
Vetter Family
David and Mary Charles Woodward
Matt and Katie Yarder
Dave and Pam Zenk


Updated as of June 13, 2019

With thanks to our Project Partners
Colonial Signs
The Yarder Manufacturing Company
Nelson Treehouse
Sue Hague-Rogers
Metroparks Construction Crew
Century Equipment
The Collaborative
Larry Fast
RMF Nooter

Treehouse Campaign Committee Members
Linda Cannaley, Honorary Chair
Carrie Alexander, Chair
Ben Batey
Felica Clark
Ally Effler
Sue Hague-Rogers
Molly Luetke
Leslie Schubargo
Sharon Simmons
Matt Yarder

Metroparks Toledo Foundation Board Members
Joe Napoli
Richard Hylant
Tom Titus
Dan Anderson
Patty Jankowski
Adele Jasion
Don Rettig
John Szuch
Matt Yarder




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