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Group Hopes To Renovate Landmark Playground in Bucks County

(Kids' Castle.  Photo provided)

(Kids’ Castle. Photo provided)

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By Brad Segall

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A fundraising effort is now underway in Bucks County to renovate an iconic playground in Doylestown that has entertained thousands of families for more than a decade.

Fifteen years ago, the Central Bucks community came together to build an eight-story wooden “Kids’ Castle” for the neighborhood children.

What they didn’t realize at the time was that it would draw people from around the world.

Now, the structure is in need of repair, and the Friends of Kids’ Castle are organizing volunteers and raising money.

“We’re keeping the frame and we’re gutting the inside,” says Dawn Byers, who led the effort the first time and is involved again, “and we’re going to recreate new play areas inside the castle, rebuilding some of the play surfaces and the ramps and having a few surprises inside the castle.”

They hope to start renovating the castle in the spring.

Long-term, the group hopes to raise enough money to replace every piece of equipment in the playground with maintenance-free, environmentally friendly equipment.  They are also part of this week’s national “Giving Tuesday” campaign, supporting nonprofits.

For more information, go to savekidscastle.org.

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