Picture of kids climbing in the truck

The Red Truck Project

We all have places that we remember vividly from our childhood. When I meet people who played in our park in the 60s and 70s they often tell me stories about the big red slide that was here in the 60s and 70s. Our red pickup truck is one of those places. Along with the water feature and the chickens, it is beloved by thousands of kids.

History of the Red Truck

The red truck used to be white. It was built by Colin McCrate and Brad Halm of Seattle Urban Farm Company as a display garden for the Northwest Flower and Garden show. After winning the Gold medal at the show, the truck was moved to the PlayGarden to live out its life bringing joy to so many kids.

Time has taken a toll on Little Red and it’s time to find a replacement for her. We are looking for someone who wants to bring their talent, energy and skills to the project of building a new truck for us. Can you imagine how rewarding it would be to create something so special? 

If you are interested in creating the next PlayGarden truck for us we would love to hear from you!

Please contact Liz at liz@childrensplaygarden.org or by phone 206-227-5458.

Watch the short film below by Lou Karsen about the creation of the award winning truck:

Picture of the truck at the garden show
Picture of kid & stuffed animal playing in red truck


  1. Do you already have a truck? 
    • No, we are looking for one now.  
  2. Does it have to be a truck? 
    • Yes, the kids really love driving a truck and the hood and bed make wonderful garden spaces.
  3. Do you have space to keep the truck while it is being refurbished?
    • No, we need a covered space for the work to be done, off site.
  4. Is there funding available for the project? 
    • Yes, we will help with the cost of the truck but are looking for volunteers to complete the work. 
  5. Will the new truck need all the features that the old truck had?
    • No, we do not need the truck to have a chicken coop along the driver’s side nor do we need the trellis on the passenger side. 
  6. Are there naming opportunities for the truck? 
    • Yes, we would love to talk with you about this.
  7. Can my organization be a sponsor for the project?
    • Yes, we would be happy to have a sponsor for this project. Please contact us if you are interested and we can discuss it more. 

Donate today to the Red Truck Project!

Picture of kids playing in the Red Truck
Picture of kid playing in red truck