Fleming Falls Preserve - Observation Deck
Mansfield, OH
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While the original structure of the historic Oneida Lodge at the Fleming Falls Preserve park could not be saved, a group of former ‘Camp Mowana’ staff members organized to propose a tribute to the lodge that will be part of the new Fleming Falls Preserve. The ‘Observation Deck Committee’ engaged RKA to help provide a conceptual design and expertise in the construction process. RKA provided a design that recreates the footprint of the historic lodge south and west porches, with an under deck patio under the southern deck, creating a contextually fitting Observation Deck as tribute to the original lodge. The reconstruction will provide the light touch of cable rail to ensure safety while minimally impacting the historic aesthetic. A path from the north parking lot will connect to the north side of the new observation deck, which will allow it to serve as a gateway to the rest of Fleming Falls Preserve.