The Kids Castle Playground for All Abilities is Now Open for Play!
Doylestown Township reopened Kids Castle on Friday, June 26, 2020 with a ‘Playground Advisory’ in place and the ‘CDC Recommendations For Playground Use’ guidelines both posted at the playground. See below:
Please read The Intelligencer July 1, 2020 article below for more information or access it directly at https://www.theintell.com/news/20200701/doylestown-urges-caution-as-kids-castle-reopens
Doylestown urges caution as Kids Castle reopens
By Chris Ullery
Posted at 6:00 AM, July 1, 2020
The township is asking residents to use caution at one of the most popular play areas in its Central Park after reopening the all-abilities facility last Friday.
A long-awaited reopening of a popular playground in Doylestown Township comes with a warning: Play at your own risk.
Kids Castle in Central Park reopened last Friday after shutting down along with most of the township’s facilities due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Township Manager Stephanie Mason said Tuesday the township isn’t able to do a daily cleaning for the entire playground, which covers several thousand square feet.
Mason said the township has put up caution signs at Kids Castle and other playgrounds urging visitors to follow health and safety guidelines when using the township’s play areas.
Mason added that the township is regularly sanitizing public restrooms and other amenities as part of its ongoing coronavirus response.
The county’s Health Department gave recommendations for towns to reopen parks and outdoor playgrounds near the end of May.
While Doylestown Township reopened much of its facilities soon after, Kids Castle tends to attract upwards of 50 children at a time when open, Mason said.
The county was moved to the final phase of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan Friday, which lifted stay-at-home orders and allowed businesses to reopen.
The final phase doesn’t mean there are no restrictions, but it does defer mostly to federal recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those same CDC guidelines, like staying six feet away from another person when possible and wearing masks in public, are included in the warning signs posted at playgrounds throughout Doylestown.
Although Mason said she’s had a lot of calls from parents anxiously awaiting the reopening of Kids Castle, Friday’s Facebook announcement wasn’t without criticism.
“There is no way my grandchildren will go anywhere near Kids Castle under these circumstances,” area resident posted*1.
Dr. David Damsker, director of the county’s health department, has said previously that the coronavirus appears not to spread as easily outdoors as indoors.
The coronavirus is transmitted through microscopic water droplets that can be spread by sneezing, coughing and talking.
More information about Kids Castle and the township’s coronavirus response can be found at www.doylestownpa.org or by contacting the Township directly at 215.348.9915 between Monday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
*1 Community member’s name excluded out of respect for their privacy. Please go the article source for complete information at: https://www.theintell.com/news/20200701/doylestown-urges-caution-as-kids-castle-reopens