Verdict Reached in Controversial Purple Playset Trial
After a year-long battle with their local homeowners’ association, one Missouri family can rest easy. The feud between the Raintree Lake Property Owners Association and the Stout family of Raintree, a subdivision of Lee’s Summit, Missouri has finally come to an end. A local judge has ruled in favor of the Stout family and their infamous purple playset.
The disagreement began April 2013, when the Stout family decided to paint their children’s playset light purple. An entire year afterwards, the Stouts were fined $200 by the local HOA, which demanded that the family dismantle or repaint the playset. Marla Stout, the mother of the family, says that she asked the Raintree Lake Property Owners Association to suggest new colors for the playset and received no answer. The Stouts protested the fine, and it was overruled by an association appeals board.
But that wasn’t the end of the conflict for the Stouts. They received a letter from an attorney representing the HOA demanding once again they tear down the playset, or else face a civil lawsuit and potential jail time. When the Stouts did not comply, the association filed a civil lawsuit against the family. Both parties participated in the trial, which garnered national media coverage. Finally, on August 29, 2015 - two years after the start of the debacle - a judge has ruled in favor of the Stout family. The family will be able to keep their playset, purple tint and all. Here at Adventures Outback we can’t help but agree that this is the right choice