Kids Castle for all abilities is open for play from dawn to dusk, 7-days a week! Recently, the volunteers of Friends of the Kids Castle, in partnership with the Township and the community, finished a massive improvement project that upgraded the playground for children of all abilities including kids with special needs.
The improvement area encompassed over half of the entire playground. It was a total reconstruction starting from below the subgrade surface all the way up and required heavy equipment work and intense labor. So much more was accomplished in addition to installing all new play structures. Improvements included a newly designed drainage system to adequately remit water offsite. The actual square footage of the play area was also increased to allow for more play opportunities. New fencing was installed in the project area to replace the old which was reaching the end of its lifespan. A concrete perimeter was set in place forming an area to receive the new safety surfacing and to help increase its longevity. A new seating area was also created and will soon provide shading. Additionally, over 7,000 square-feet of new Poured-in-Place (PIP) safety surfacing was installed to replace the existing wood fiber in the project area. PIP will help provide equal access to the playground for all and ease of maneuverability for children and adults using wheelchairs and other mobility devices. All of this and more are included in the improvements to our playground. The new play structures installed meet the needs of children with a variety of abilities at all ends of the spectrum to encourage and enable them to play with one another. Kids are now participating equally and independently at their own skill level along with family and friends. Play features are also included for children with visual impairment, hearing impairment, autism/SPD, mobility impairment, and cognitive disabilities.
It was a long journey from the beginning to completion and well worth that wait. The proof is easy to see each day on all the little smiling faces. The children are filled with joy and laughter as they navigate through the playground on all the new play pieces. Thank you to everyone who helped make these amazing upgrades a reality. To continue your support of Kids Castle and the ongoing improvements to our playground, please visit www.SaveKidsCastle.org.
We can’t do it without your help!