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Coevorden Castle to serve as childcare centre

Martin van den Hemel   Jun-26-2018

Jeff Winton from Townline Homes, in front of Coevorden Castle, the restored Dutch castle that will serve as child daycare space for area families.

Photo by Chung Chow


A replica of an 11th century Dutch castle that was a centrepiece of a gathering place at Expo ’86—and later at Fantasy Gardens—has now been fully restored.

The 2,100-square-foot Coevorden Castle, a replica of the eponymous castle in the city of Coevorden on the eastern edge of the Netherlands which served as the ancestral home of Capt. George Vancouver, is expected to officially open as soon as this week.

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Chris Colbeck, vice president of sales and marketing for developer Townline Homes, told The Sentinel that the castle and adjoining 2,400 square-foot former sales centre, will serve as childcare space for up to 37 children up to five years of age.

The castle sits at the entrance to The Gardens master-planned residential development that features two eight-storey concrete condo buildings (Dahlia and Calla) as well as a 23-unit townhouse development known as Jasmine, and other mid and low-rise condo buildings Azalea, Magnolia and Camellia.

Work on Coevorden Castle began a year ago, and includes extensive structural work to bring the building up to current building code standards and to satisfy city and provincial rules for life and safety, Colbeck said.

The entire project cost $1.8 million.

The site of the former Fantasy Gardens encompassed 23 acres, with 12 acres contributed to the City of Richmond as part of Townline Homes’ community amenity contribution.

The residential project sits on 11 acres, on the former footprint of the Fantasy Gardens theme park and parking lot.


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