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Coronado Heights castle to reopen by Labor Day weekend

The castle on Coronado Heights, which has been undergoing repairs, should reopen this weekend.
The castle on Coronado Heights, which has been undergoing repairs, should reopen this weekend. File photo

The iconic castle as well as the restroom building at Coronado Heights Park will soon be open again to the public.

Finishing touches are being made, and both facilities will be open by Labor Day weekend, according to the Smoky Valley Historical Association, which owns the Coronado Heights Park.

The castle has been closed since the end of May for replacement of its second-floor observation deck, the installation of new support beams and improvements to its entranceway.

The entranceways to both sides of the restroom building and the wooden beams above each window have also been replaced.

The projects cost nearly $150,000, Smoky Valley Historical Association president Chris Abercrombie said. It was paid for by 200 individual businesses, Park friends and a $90,000 grant from the Kansas Historical Preservation Trust Fund.

The association cautions those planning to enter the castle to be aware of an 8-inch step at the front door. Railings will soon be installed to make access easier.

The group plans to move into phase two of the project, which will include improving the three-quarter-mile road leading to the top of the hill and restoring the original drainage system to avoid constant water damage to the roadway due to rain.

The road and drainage restoration project is projected to cost at least $70,000 and may be more as plans are finalized, said Smoky Valley Historical Association treasurer Lenora Lynam.

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