Kids Castle to re-open in late September

The Kids Castle in Doylestown - an eight-story wooden playground with distinctive spires towering overhead - is undergoing renovations, the first of what a local group of volunteers hopes is three phases to revamp the landmark. (David Swanson / Staff Photographer)

Kids Castle, the towering playground in Doylestown that has been under renovation for several months, will re-open to the public in less than two weeks, according to a press release from a group involved in the renovations.

The eight-story wooden structure will be officially re-opened during a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29. Children will then be able to test out the castle’s new entrances, climb across updated cargo nets, and descend down two new “racing twisty slides,” the release says. Following the ribbon cutting, there will be music and entertainment.

The castle, which resembles an oversized Mario Brothers palace, was closed last year after a safety audit recommended repairs.

A community group, Save Kids Castle, aggressively raised funds for the renovations: the updates to be unveiled during the ceremony totaled around $150,000, the group said, but are only considered Phase 1 of the overall plan. Phases 2 and 3, to take place over the next several years, are aiming to raise an additional $400,000 to update structures surrounding the castle, and potentially add amenities like a concession stand or bathrooms.

The focus later this month, however, will likely revolve around the just-completed renovations, which relied heavily upon the involvement of community members.

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