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Kids Castle is Open! Here’s What You Need to Know

After an extensive renovation project, The Kids Castle playground has reopened for play with more improvements for children of all abilities.

Kids Castle Playground is once again open for business and both parents and kids alike are excited after what felt like a long break from its beloved fortress. 

The eight story wooden playground nestled within Doylestown’s Central Park was closed for about two months (January and February of 2022) for the construction of two new inclusive play areas to meet the needs of children with a variety of abilities at all ends of the spectrum. Play features are also included for children with visual impairment, hearing impairment, autism/SPD, mobility impairment, and cognitive disabilities.

“Through these upgrades, children are able to participate equally and independently at their own skill levels with their siblings, neighbors, caregivers, and friends,” the Friends of Kids Castle volunteers stated in a recent press release. 

Though my three-year-old son has always had a blast at this playground, I noticed right away on our first visit back that significant improvements had been made to the “toddler” area off to the left. Besides the addition of a new play structure specifically for children aged 2 through 5, the area has been enclosed with a wooden fence about four feet in height to keep your children from easily running away from you!

Another thing I really appreciated about this area was that in addition to the play upgrades, the wood chips had been replaced with Poured-in-Place (PIP) safety surfacing, meaning that I was able to wheel my son’s baby sister in her stroller through the play area rather than park it and have to carry her around. While PIP safety surfacing helps provide equal access to all and ease in maneuverability for children and adults who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices, these pliable rubber surfaces are a safer option as well, as they help to absorb the impact if and when your child takes a tumble. 

There was also plenty of improvement unseen beneath the surface, which involved excavation and the installation of subsurface drainage pipes, rough grading, formwork and concrete pours, the installation of a stone subbase, retaining walls, and so much more.

“We are fortunate that everyone involved with all our projects from the volunteers, construction workers, equipment vendors, and the Township staff & personnel are always ‘Kid Focused First,” meaning all play features are well thought out, safely installed and inspected prior to reopening, and work is completed competently in a timely manner with a high standard of professionalism.”

The successful completion of this improvement project marks another step in the ongoing ‘Build the Kingdom’ campaign, which aims to expand inclusive play at the playground for children of all abilities including those of special needs through the ongoing fundraising efforts of volunteers, donors, township and the entire community. 

Though the castle, its slides, swings, treehouse and rocket ship are specifically designed for children ages 5 through 12, the park is clearly a winner for kids from 1 to 92! And if playgrounds aren’t your thing, take advantage of Central Park’s 108-acre area, which is complete with trails, pavilions, athletic facilities and open space in addition to its unique, castle-style playscape. 

We hope your family loves Kids Castle as much as ours does!

Photos courtesy of Christine Wolkin.

Writer for Bucks County Parent. Email tips to christine@familyfocus.org.

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