Developer promises ‘fun for all ages’ at former Coles River in Swansea

SWANSEA — When it comes to the site of the former Coles River Family Fun Center, the question you should ask is not “What’s going to be built there?”

The question is “What isn’t going to be built there?” because the plan local developer Joseph Estrela has will be no small feat to pull off.

Demolition of existing structures on the property is scheduled to take place over the next few weeks. In their place, Estrela plans to construct a building roughly the size of your average Home Depot and fill it with a collection of attractions he says will provide “fun for all ages.”

The goal is to build Silver Stone Castle Family Entertainment, a roughly 100,000-square-foot facility on Grand Army of the Republic Highway that will feature an indoor swimming pool, two-story go-cart track, arcade, laser tag, 50-person esports arena and climbing structure.

“I’ve always gone to places like this with my own children and I thought this could be a good business,” Estrela, a Swansea native, said Thursday. “I wanted to do something in Swansea that families can go to and spend quality time together.”

Ownership of the property officially transferred to Estrela Enterprises LLC earlier this month, following a more than $1.2 million sale. Prior to its closing, Coles River Family Fun Center had featured a miniature golf course, driving range and batting cage.

Estrela said he expects construction of the new building to begin late this summer. The building will be modeled after a medieval castle.

“The whole front of the building is going to look like a castle. The whole interior will have stonework and woodwork,” Estrela said, adding that a liquor license has already been secured to open a medieval tavern as well.

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