Kids' Castle is an eight story wooden playground structure designed and named by children of the Central Bucks community through an art contest in 1996.
Volunteers young and old came together to work side by side with the architectural staff to bring the children's vision of a dream playground to life. Thanks to the efforts of over three thousand dedicated volunteers and the generosity of numerous sponsors, Kids Castle became a reality on Sunday, June 22, 1997.
The Kids Castle committee raised over $200,000, recruited volunteers and acquisitioned countless tools, construction materials, tents, trailers, food service, and child care. This culminated in the monumental task of constructing the playground in a twelve day period!
Kids Castle recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, however recent surveys of the castle indicate that this could be its final anniversary if it does not receive immediate attention and aid despite regular and thorough maintenance and care throughout the years.
Giving the castle's wooden structure, 15 years of wear and tear has caused significant decay and damage.
On May 7, 2012 an annual safety audit was conducted to assess the aspects of the castle in need of attention and repair. A recommended plan of action was then formulated, consisting of 38-plus repairs, 23 of which required immediate attention taken by the staff of Doylestown Township who have continually maintained and cared for the structure over the years.
For many members of our community, Kids Castle has represented a staple in their lives and provided endless memories and experiences that will never be forgotten.
Members of the Doylestown Township recognize this and wish to continue to allow Kids Castle to be available to the youth of our community. However, the rapid progression of the decay of the castle has left the Doylestown Township officials feeling that it is highly unlikely that Kids Castle can be saved without the help and support of the community.
In an effort to save what many have come to regard as one of Bucks County's top attractions, we are asking anyone who is interested to participate in any way that they can.
The first step to saving Kids Castle is simply raising awareness because many people are unaware that the castle is at risk of extinction. Invite as many people as you can into this group, http://www.facebook.com/groups/337494239667250/
Stay tuned for any fundraising events put in place that will be posted on this page, and for those who wish to become directly involved in saving Kids Castle please go to our FB event page and sign up to attend our meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Kids Castle. Everyone is welcome. http://www.facebook.com/events/455986167769398/