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Love to Climb? Visit our new Playhive

When Jim Strickland, of the Westlake Texas Rotary, stopped in to ask what the Rotarians could do for our community through the library, he was handed a challenge he probably didn’t expect: could you build us beehive climbing toy for the backyard?  The answer it turns out was Yes, they could indeed!


About 60 pieces of timber were cut into over 500 pieces and assembled in layers to create this playful structure designed by Austin-based Thoughtbarn. Pre-tested by future Rotarians, the playhive stands about 6’ high and 6’ across, and it includes steps, footholds and platforms.

Climbing is an essential part of motor development for pre-schoolers. The new playhive provides ample opportunity for this as well as creating a space for social interaction and imaginative play. For safety, parents and caregivers should stay close to children who are climbing any apparatus until they have confidence the child is ready to climb on his or her own.

Want to build your own playhive? Instructions are here.

Pictured: (Front L to R) Brian Jessich, Doug Danforth, Col. Roger McLain, David Jessich, Jim Strickland, Jeff Weeks, Josh Weeks  (Back Row) Steve Gele, Charlie Odom, Harris Odom, Mark Odom (Not pictured) Keith Smith