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Delaware County Recreation Programs
Recreational facilities in Delaware County include 621 acres of county-owned parkland, including 6 large county parks: Clayton Park & Golf Course, Glen Providence Park, Kent Park/Dog Park, Rose Tree Park, Smedley Park, and Upland Park. 170 acre Clayton Park, in Concord & Bethel Townships, is the largest of the county’s park and recreational facilities, and features woodlands of beech/maple trees and rolling greens, a nine-hole golf course for players at all ability levels with a Pro Shop (610-459-4510), playing fields for baseball and soccer leagues, shaded picnic groves, nature trails and parking facilities throughout the park. 25 acre Glen Providence Park in Media, established in 1935 through a land gift from George Butler, a later owner of the Broomall House and estate, features hillsides covered with mature trees and bushes of many varieties, hiking trails (map is available online as a PDF file), bird sanctuary, pond, and creek. 10-acre Kent Park in Upper Darby Township offers green space used for hiking and fishing that runs along Darby Creek under the historic Lindbergh Bridge; the park now also features a renovated multi-recreational area with a playground, pavilion, and fenced-in dog park. Kent Park is part of a broader plan to create a Greenway along Darby Creek. 120 acre Rose Tree Park in Upper Providence Township features grassy rolling hills, mature trees, woodlands, a gazebo, picnic areas, and a now un-used steeplechase. The park hosts Country Meets, poetry readings, arts and crafts shows, various charitable events, the Delaware County Summer Festival concert series (free events running on Wed.-Sat,. nights for 9 weeks, held at the outdoor amphitheater with space for visitors’ blankets and lawn chairs at the hillside), the annual Festival of Lights in December (which opens with a tree lighting ceremony featuring choral performers and the arrival of Santa Claus, features festive displays including Charlie Brown & the Peanuts Gang and Santa & his Reindeer, and has trees lit nightly from 5:30-9:30). The park is also used frequently for pursuits such as kite flying and photography. Rose Tree Park also is home to three historic buildings: the Leedom House and the Hunt Club (which both house some county offices), and the recently renovated old Rose Tree Tavern (built in 1737, appearing on the National Registry of Historic Places, and housing the Delaware County Visitor's Bureau). The Community Garden, consisting of 118 garden plots which community members may rent seasonally for a nominal fee, is located directly across the road from Rose Tree Tavern. 120 acre Smedley Park, located between Media and Springfield, has become a multi-purpose recreational area featuring shaded picnic groves, play areas for children, hiking paths, walking bridges over Crum Creek, and playing fields for baseball, softball, soccer, and lacrosse. The park houses the Environmental Center and the Lewis House, headquarters of Penn State’s Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, which operates numerous programs, including the 4-H Club, Master Gardeners, and a variety of educational programs in agriculture, horticulture, nutrition and other areas. Upland Park in Upland Borough is the home of the newly redesigned and refurbished Redwood Community Playhouse in Brookhaven (610-891-6061 for park office, 610-874-4598 for Playhouse), which hosts free to attend senior social dances, live bands, line dancing classes, and country western dancing. Associated Clubs include the Parkside Seniors, Redwood Seniors, and Sun Oil Retirees.
Aldan Recreation 1 W Providence Rd Aldan PA 19018 610-622-4133
Aldan recreational facilities include 2 municipal parks and 4 municipal baseball fields, one of which is also suitable for soccer.
Aston Township Recreation 5021 Pennell Rd (Route 452) Aston PA 19014 610-494-1636
Aston Township Parks & Recreation Dept. maintains and programs activities at 11 local parks. The township also maintains and oversees the Aston Middletown Little League Fields, and the former Green Ridge School Athletic Fields, used by the Aston Athletic Association for their football and girls softball programs. The Aston Community Center Library Building includes a public library, gym, and both small and large meeting rooms.
Bethel Township Parks & Recreation 1092 Bethel Rd Boothwyn PA 19061 610-459-1529
Bethel Township maintains and operates several parks, all located in Garnet Valley. Bethel Community Park features baseball fields and a soccer field; Jack King Park offers hiking/walking trails and a tot lot, and John Adkinson Park features a fishing pond, exercise stations, and a 2,500-foot walking trail. Park amenities also include nature trails and picnic areas.
Upper Chichester Township Parks & Recreation Boothwyn PA 19061 610-458-5881
The Upper Chichester Dept. of Parks & Recreation offers various recreational activities for adults, as well as several children programs, including summer camp. The summer camp offers four 1-week sessions, from 9 AM-2:30 daily (hot lunch is available, but optional), from late June to late July. Recreational facilities include a children’s playground, a skate park on Furey Road and a field house, which is accessible to Upper Chichester residents who have obtained a membership (no cost, Upper Chichester residents only, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). The Township also offers discount tickets for winter ski resorts and summer amusements parks.
Brookhaven Recreation 2 Cambridge Rd Brookhaven PA 19015 610-874-2557
Brookhaven Parks & Recreation maintains 5 parks. Brookhaven Memorial Park is located adjacent to the Municipal Center; Sampson, Sommerville, Garzia, and Eaton Parks serve the neighborhoods around Nathan Ave., Virginia Ave., Grant Dr., and West Maple Ave, respectively. Youth sports organizations include Brookhaven Babe Ruth League (boys’ baseball), Brookhaven Girls Softball League, Brookhaven (Hoops!) Basketball, and Brookhaven Swim Club, whose facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, picnic groves, and recreation areas. Recreation events/activities in Brookhaven also include ongoing Zumba classes held at Brookhaven Community Center. County owned Upland Park (located in Upland Borough) is the home of the newly redesigned and refurbished Redwood Community Playhouse in Brookhaven (610-891-6061 for park office, 610-874-4598 for Playhouse), which hosts free to attend senior social dances, live bands, line dancing classes, and country western dancing. Associated Clubs include the Parkside Seniors, Redwood Seniors, and Sun Oil Retirees.
Chester Parks and Recreation One 4th St Chester PA 19013 610-447-7727
Recreation facilities in Chester
include 6 parks, ranging in size from 7-72 acres. The largest, Chester Park,
which is partially handicapped accessible, features
jogging/biking/walking/nature paths, picnic areas with tables and benches,
outdoor roller rink, tennis courts, soccer fields, and a playground area with
swings. Ethel Waters Park, adjacent to City Hall along the Chester River, can
be a suitable locale for weddings and wedding receptions. Washington Park
offers a children’s playground with interactive play equipment, toddler swings,
and family picnic areas. Barry Bridge Park, located along the Delaware River
and the home of the Riverfront Ramble, offers views of the Commodore Barry
Bridge and features a fishing pier, a plaza with numerous benches, and a lawn
for informal recreational activities. Memorial Park houses the City of Chester
outdoor swimming pool, as well as tennis courts and a walking track. The newest
facility, Martin Luther King Park, which features a bronze sculpture of Dr.
King, is just south of the J. Lewis Crozer library, and offers an area for
passive recreation. The township parks are available for private events with a
permit from the township. Recreation programs include golf and tennis lessons,
soccer, basketball and football leagues, aerobics boot camp workouts, bingo and
line dancing. Events geared to children and families include Father/Son and
Mother/Daughter dances, Girl Scouts Clubs, the annual Soap Box Derby, and the
All Pro Dad’s Breakfast. All ages can enjoy the concert series, which includes
the Peace on the Streets Concert, Fourth of July weekend, and the Summer Jazz
Concert series, held every Sunday in August. The department also hosts the
Summer Food Service Program, which provides a free nutrition/recreation program
for children featuring USDA approved nutritious meals, arts and crafts, games
and other activities.
Thornbury Township Parks and Recreation 6 Township Dr. Cheyney PA 19319 610-399-8383
Recreational facilities include Thornbury Park, which features a picnic pavilion with tables (available for reservation with a permit), a tot lot, athletic fields (soccer, baseball), Back Meadow walking trail, tennis, basketball & volleyball courts, roller hockey rink, park seats, and comfort station (restrooms, drinking fountain). The tennis courts are available to township residents only; keys are kept at the Township Building. Martin and Bonner Parks offer walking trails, with a signboard for each located at the main entrance. Palmer Arboretum features flowering bushes, fragrant plants and trees; as well as a shady grove offering a picnic area with tables. The Park Board publishes an annual Calendar of Township events and activities for youth and adults.
Colwyn Parks and Recreation 221 Spruce St Colwyn PA 19023 610-461-2000
The Borough of Colwyn Park System includes about 32 acres of developed and undeveloped land, mainly along Cobb’s Creek. Recreation facilities also include the Water Street, Tribet Place, and Keystone Ave. playgrounds, as well as Bosacco Park, which has a tot lot, baseball, softball, and football fields (by permit) for group use or for individuals.
Upper Darby Twp. Leisure Services 4820 Drexelbrook Dr. Drexel Hill PA 19026 610-394-9544
Recreation facilities in Upper Darby Township include 11 developed parks, 3 undeveloped parks, 10 playgrounds, 7 recreation areas. Penn Pines Park and Naylor’s Run Park are popular areas for family picnics and group gatherings.
The Upper Darby Community Complex, 326 Watkins Avenue, features meeting space and a gym, which is used by the on-site Senior Center during the day and is available to all for evening and weekend activities. The Upper Darby Senior Center also features a computer lab, full-size fitness room, poolroom, garden, and hairdressing salon. Activities and programs, available 6 days per week, include line dancing, bingo, crafts, card games, ping-pong, tai-chai, and walking. Information about legal assistance, medical information, and housing opportunities is provided. Special events include field trips, health fairs, and the annual Delaware County Senior Games. Nutrition services are available both at the Senior Center and to home-bound individuals. The Community Swim Program is housed at Upper Darby High School, which features an Olympic-sized pool. Swim lessons for infants through adults, special interest courses in Diving, Tiny Tots, and Little People, and specialized certification programs in Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instruction, and CPR are available, along with recreational swim times, including lap swimming. Memberships are available to Delaware County residents and district employees; recognized agencies and schools can rent the facility for group events, practices, and swim meets; families can rent the pool and upstairs Community Room for birthdays and celebrations. The natatorium is staffed by lifeguards who have American Red Cross certifications and receive in-service training. The Performing Arts Center is the venue for a variety of arts programs and events. Permits from the department are available for use/rental of parks, playgrounds, field and recreation areas, buildings, and schools within the township. Year-round recreation programs, in addition to swimming, include youth basketball & martial arts, women’s fitness aerobic kickboxing, and adult walk-er-cise. Women’s Basketball League operates in the winter and summer, and indoor Nerf Soccer, held in the winter, introduces children ages 5-7 to soccer. Summer activities for children include the Playground Program, Naylor’s Run Nature Camp, Camp Friendship, “Bee Fit”, and Sports Camps. The Playground Program offers a six-week recreation playground experience for ages 3-6 and 6-14, featuring supervises arts and crafts, sports, games, field trips, and special events. Naylor’s Run Nature Camp, offered in two one-week sessions each season, is located at Naylor’s Run Park. The camp has an environmental theme and includes field studies covering birds, insects, wildflowers, forest and stream ecology, geology, and tree identification. One-week sports camps include boys/girls lacrosse, soccer, and basketball, boys football, and baseball, girls field hockey, and youth mini-hawk, multi-sport, and golf. “Bee Fit” camp focuses on a healthy lifestyle through fun, food, and fitness. 6-weeks long Camp Friendship is designed for special needs children, ages 5-21, who are currently enrolled in special education, and provides academic remediation, arts and crafts, recreational games, swimming, cooking, and computers. Campers can attend Summer Stage Children’s Theater and, in addition, present a production of their own for family and friends as a culminating activity. In addition to the camps, the district offers a 5-weeks long Art Workshop (daily enrichment/instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and other media), Twice Weekly Instrumental Music and Voice Lessons (all band instruments, piano, and acoustic guitar; individualized instruction in very small groups), and Youth Tennis (beginner level instruction in all aspects of the game). Finally, Upper Darby Department of Leisure Services, in conjunction with the PA Recreation & Park Society (PRPS), offers discount price tickets, year round for Regal Movie Theaters and the Adventure Aquarium, winter time for ski tickets to Camelback, Blue Mountain, and Big Boulder/Jack Frost, and summer to 14+ area attractions. The tickets are available to purchase at the district office.
Concord Township Parks and Recreation 40 Bethel Rd Glen Mills PA 19342 610-842-2147
The Concord Township Park and Recreation Board plans and coordinates a variety of events during the year, including the Snowman/Snow Creation Contest, Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Camp, Harvest Festival (Halloween), and Tree Lighting/Photo with Santa. Events during the Harvest Festival include Carve out Cancer (carved pumpkin contest), and annual bake contest. Summer camp is open to children (township residents) from age 6 (by Oct. 1)-12 (entering 6th grade). Families can sign up for 2 weekly sessions ($100/week); registration for more than two weeks is on a waitlist basis, if camp isn't filled to capacity. Recreation facilities in Concord Township include the Municipal Park, Smithbridge Road Walking Trail, Athletic Field, and Playground.
Glenolden Parks and Recreation 36 Boone Ave Glenolden PA 19036 610-583-3221
Glenolden Park facilities include Ball fields, Gazebo, and Picnic areas. Permits are required for their use, and to hold organized events on park property The park, which has become home to a group of hawks, is adjacent on one side to the Interboro Sports Complex.
Haverford Township Recreation 599 Glendale Rd, Havertown PA 19083, 610-446-9397
Recreation facilities in Haverford Township include Haverford Reserve, The Skatium, Merry Place, Glendale, Chatham, Normandy, and Community Parks, Coopertown, Manoa, and Chestnutwold Schools, Senior High School, Haverford Reserve Dog Park, Skate Park, and Wynnewood Lanes. Merry Place features a Train Station/Children’s Playground, Gazebo, and Sand Volleyball Courts. Permits for use are limited to 3-hour slots, with priority for township residents. The Skatium hosts special events, houses a youth hockey team, the Haverford Hawks, and offers/sponsors hockey clinics, group skating lessons, adult group lessons, birthday party packages, public skating, and hockey games. Wynnewood Lanes offers bowling classes for children. The Community Recreation & Environmental Center at Haverford Reserve, currently under construction, is expected to open in the summer of 2012, and will feature a Soccer/Football Field, Baseball Diamond, and a Recreation Building housing an Arts/Crafts Room, Senior/Teen Room, Multi-Use Program Room, Indoor Jogging/Walking Track, Deck, Double Gym, Health/Wellness Area, Screened Nature Room, Environmental Area, Locker Rooms, and Terrace. Haverford Township Recreation Classes/Programs include, for children, a Preschool (9:00-12:30 M-TH, ext. day option to 2:30, choice of 2-4 days, ages 3-5), Small Fry Soccer, Art with Steve, Volley Tots, Artastic, Sports 4 Me, Jazz & Hip Hop, Basketball Clinic, Krafty Kids, Floor Hockey, T.G.I.F. (Fri. eve.), Open Gym (Fri. eve), Rock & Roll Workshop, Chess Club, Volley Kids, Drivers Ed, Basketball League, Wrestling Team, Summer Playground Program, Winter Break Camp, Bowling, and Krazy Village. Adults can participate in Yoga, Zumba, Soccer Fitness for Women, Open Basketball, Volleyball, TRX Suspension Training, Boot Camp, and Special Events at Community Park. Mainline YMCA offers Progressive Gymnastics, ages 2-3 (Parent/Child), 3-5, 6-8 (Classes), 6-13 (Pre-Team), and Swimming Lessons (ages 3-12). Grange Estate, located at the intersection of Myrtle Ave., & Warwick Rd., features a mansion, trains, and gift shop, hosts special holiday events, and is open in December through New Years for weekend tours. Glendale Park is the launching and return point for a variety of day trips, with discount tickets available for sale through the township. Discount ski or tubing tickets are available for Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Blue Mountain, Camelback, Elk, and Shawnee ski destinations. Hoops from the Heart, the Annual MLK Day Basketball Clinic, is a township sponsored fundraising event; proceeds benefit needy families in Delaware County.
Lansdowne Recreation 84 S Lansdowne Ave Lansdowne PA 19050, 610-284-1493
Recreation facilities in Lansdowne include 11 parks, several of which are undeveloped or designed for passive recreation. The developed parks collectively feature basketball courts, picnic tables, tot-lots, swings and slides. Belmont Park has playground equipment for older children; and Hoffman Park features baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, pavilion, and bathrooms. Permits are required for team use of the fields and tennis courts, or for group use of the parks. Twentieth Century Club, 84 S Lansdowne Ave (currently being renovated), hosts many Recreation Department events, classes and activities, as well as other borough and community events. St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 50 E Plumstead Ave, temporarily hosts recreation classes, including Marbles for ages 6-13, and, for adults, Soul Line Dance (Basic), Tai Chi, and Zumba. Dragon Spirit Yoga™ class is temporarily being held at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne, 140 N Lansdowne Ave.
Middletown Township Parks and Recreation 27 N Pennell Rd Lima PA 19037 610-565-2700
Recreation facilities in Middletown Township include Hidden Hollow Pool, Indian Lane Elementary School, Penn State Brandywine (site of the Senior Recreation Camp for children) and Penn Oaks Country Club. Hidden Hollow Pool hosts Family Swim Nights on June 30 and July 19 6-8 PM for Middletown residents and summer recreation camp families. Recreation programs include Adult Leagues for Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball, and the Summer Recreation Program, which for 2011 runs from June 27 to August 5. Junior Camp is for children ages 4 to 10 and will be held at Indian Lane Elementary School. Senior Camp is for children ages 11 to 14 and will be held at Penn State Brandywine. Both camps meet from 8:30-Noon, M-F, except for special events days, when children will be dropped off at the location of the event. Students who will be available for the entire 6 weeks can apply for employment as Junior Counselors (age 16 by the start of camp) or Senior Counselors (age 18 by the start of camp). Special events in Middletown include Middletown Community Day, the Annual Middletown Golf Outing and Dinner Social at Penn Oaks Country Club, the Annual Middletown Township Easter Egg Hunt, and the Annual Middletown Township Snowman Contest (best snowperson, best structure, and most original creation).The township also operates one of the largest municipally-owned open space systems in the Greater Philadelphia area, which includes hiking and horseback riding trails, both on township-owned lands and on privately-held open space along Rocky Run. The Township's long-range objective is to create a larger trail network along both the Ridley and Chester Creeks, interconnecting these and other large open space tracts.
Marcus Hook Recreation 10th & Green Streets Marcus Hook PA 19061 610-485-1341
Recreation facilities in Marcus Hook include a Community Center, which includes a newly opened computer room, as well as parks, children’s playground and sports fields.
Media Recreation 3rd & Jackson Streets Media PA 19063 610-566-5210
The Recreation Board oversees activities for adults, seniors and children. Recreation classes include Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, Pilates and Senior Aerobics. Recreation Board sponsored special events include an Annual Family Dance. The Recreation Board also offers discount tickets to the Flower Show at the Philadelphia Convention Center and discount ski tickets to several local mountains. Facilities include the Municipal Center, which houses a Community Center, and Mansion Parlor Room, both available for rental; Riddlewood Swim Club, a non-profit pool located in the Rose Tree Media School District that provides summer recreation; and Tyler Arboretum, which offers educational programs for children and families, and hosts various special events.
Upper Providence Township Recreation 935 N. Providence Rd Media PA 19063 610-565-4944
Upper Providence Township sponsors a summer recreation program, located at Rose Tree Elementary School, for children ages 5-10 (K-5th grade). Recreation facilities in Upper Providence Township include 120 acre Rose Tree Park, a county park which features grassy rolling hills, mature trees, woodlands, a gazebo, picnic areas, and a retired steeplechase. The park lends itself to activities such as kite flying and photography, hosts cross country meets, poetry readings, arts and crafts shows, various charitable events, the Delaware County Summer Festival concert series, a free event held on Wednesday-Saturday for nine weeks at the park’s outdoor amphitheater (schedules are available in the Delaware County public libraries and from the Parks Dept.), and the annual Festival of Lights, from 5:30-9:30 nightly in December, which features dozens of decorated lit trees and festive displays such as Charlie Brown & the Peanuts Gang and Santa & his Reindeer. The Festival of Lights opens with a tree lighting ceremony featuring choral performers and the arrival of Santa Claus. 25 acre Glen Providence Park, a county park also located in Media, was established in 1935 through a land gift from George Butler, a later owner of the Broomall House and estate. The park features hillsides covered with mature trees and bushes of many varieties, hiking trails (map is available online as a PDF file), a bird sanctuary, a pond, and a creek.
Marple Newtown Recreation 20 Media Line Rd Newtown Square PA 19073 610-353-2326
Recreational facilities in Marple Newtown Township include township parks, which collectively feature children’s playgrounds & tot lots, picnic areas (some with barbecue facilities), gazebos with picnic benches, basketball & tennis courts, roller hockey rinks, walking/hiking trails (paved & unpaved), streams, and grassy play areas & sports fields. Organized sports (baseball/softball/t-ball) facilities include Broomall Fields, South Marple Little League Field, Marple Gardens, and Thomas Ball Fields (which borders and is accessible to Kent Park). Some of the facilities include snack bars. Several parks are adjacent to elementary school playgrounds. New Ardmore Park features Langford Run Creek; Old Marple School Park offers a sledding hill; and Veterans Memorial Park features a paved walking circuit and entertainment gazebo, and offers restrooms and soda machines. Paxon Hollow Country Club offers a public 18-hole golf course, clubhouse with banquet facilities, practice range and putting green. Marple Newtown Township offers a variety of educational and recreational programs. Classes available for all ages include Intro to Foreign Languages A to Z, and Learn to Swim (Group, Semi-Private and Private lessons, age 6 & up). Children/Youth classes & activities include Babysitter Training, Bridge for Kids, Razzle Dazzle Robotics, Create Your Own Video Games, Instructional Art, Music Lessons (Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Sax), Soccer Shots, Total Sports, MN Quickstart Tennis League, Kidnetics Physical Education, First Play T-Ball, Strokes & Mechanics Swim Clinic, Flag Football, First Play Tennis, First Play Lacrosse, Cheerleading, Zumbatomic Fitness for Kids, Row Zone Kids, Fencing, Junior Golf Clinic, U.K. Elite Petite Soccer, U.K. Elite Developmental Soccer, and U.K. Elite Spring Recess Soccer. Teen programs include SAT Practice Test, SAT Prep Course and Driver Education (age 15 & up)
Adult Sports/Fitness programs include Open Basketball & Volleyball, Yoga, Row Zone Fitness, Pilates, Fencing, Female Golf Clinic, Zumba Fitness, and Tai Chi. Adult classes and seminars include Educational Savings 101 and Getting Paid to Talk: Making Money with your Voice. Safe driving classes include AARP 55 Alive Mature Driving Class and Defensive Driving Traffic Course. Classes generally are held at the Gauntlett Community Center, and
most township sponsored trips depart from that location.
Norwood Recreation 10 W Cleveland Ave, P.O. Box 65 Norwood PA 19074
The current borough council president’s responsibilities include borough recreation matters. Recreational programs in Norwood include those of the Norwood Athletic Club, a non-profits sports organization that sponsors T-Ball, Baseball, Softball, Soccer, and Basketball teams and activities for youth ages 5-18.
Prospect Park Recreation 720 Maryland Ave Prospect Park PA 19076 610-532-1007
Recreational facilities in Prospect Park include Witmer Field, Park Square, which features a Gazebo, and Moores Lake.
Ridley Park Recreation 105 E. Ward St Ridley Park PA 19078 610-532-2100
Recreational facilities in Ridley Park include parks, playgrounds, tot lots, ball fields, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, and a fishing lake with a walking trail. The recreation board sponsors several annual events: the Fourth of July parade through town followed by games behind the fire house, the Victorian Fair at the Lake in September, and the Borough-wide yard sale in May.
Rose Valley Recreation Old Mill Lane, P.O. Box 198 Rose Valley PA 19063 610-566-2040 Note: Rose Valley has no formal recreation dept. or board
Recreation facilities in Rose Valley, all on land given to the borough, include Longpoint Wildlife Sanctuary, Saul Wildlife Sanctuary, and Pew Park. Longpoint Wildlife Sanctuary has been designated by the Nature Conservancy the Nature Conservancy as a critical area along the Ridley Creek watershed that should be protected. 12-acre Saul Wildlife Sanctuary includes a tulip poplar tree, one of the largest in the county, as well as the remains of the dam and mill race, originally constructed in 1789 to divert water from Ridley Creek to the Old Mill. The land that is now Pew Park was donated to the Borough in 1933, and features a rose garden. The private Gardeners of Rose Valley club, with about 40 members currently, maintains both the rose garden and the garden at the Rose Valley train station. Privately owned Rose Valley Swimming Pool was formed in 1926, and accepts memberships from borough residents and non-residents.
Rutledge Recreation 212 Unity Terrace Rutledge PA 19070 610-544-1028
Recreation facilities and programs in Rutledge and nearby communities include Triangle Park, the Rutledge Girls Softball Club, Swarthmore Recreation Association, Nether Providence Athletic Association, Garnet-Haven Summer Soccer Camps, and Garnet-Haven Summer Soccer Camps. Triangle Park features benches and tables, newly painted courtesy of Rutledge Girls Scout Troop 5860 with themes such as “We the People”, “Garden of Flowers”, “Cozy Green Couch”, “Speaking Tables”, “Face”, and “Game Table”. Swarthmore Recreation Association, 610-715-0647, sponsors soccer, squash, and tennis, as well as adult volleyball, soccer & basketball, summer day camp & Shakespeare camps. Nether Providence Athletic Association in Wallingford sponsors soccer (610-872-2787), wrestling & basketball (610-872-4199) and summer day camps (610-566-4516). Garnet-Haven Summer Soccer Camps, held at Swarthmore College, offers programs for boys (610-690-6882) and girls (610-328-8210). Swarthmore Community Center offers Playgroups, Teen Dances, Aikido Koki-Kai, Aerobics, Folk Dance, Yoga & Senior Bridge. The Schoolhouse Senior Center, 610-237-8100 ext. 19, provides Senior Services, Meals and Activities.
Sharon Hill Recreation 250 Sharon Ave Sharon Hill PA 19079 610-586-8200
The Sharon Hill Recreation Board, made up of individuals who volunteer their time, sponsors a luncheon for Sharon Hill senior citizens, an Easter egg hunt, a Christmas Tree Lighting and the Home Run Derby. The board assists the two youth organization of the borough: The Sharon Hill Athletic Association and The Sharon Hill Ramblers football program. The board also plans, coordinates, or assists with other recreational activities.
Springfield Township Recreation 50 Powell Rd Springfield PA 19064 610-543-3860
Recreation facilities in Springfield include 23 parks, ranging in size from 1/2 to 26 acres. 14 of the parks are classified as a Natural Environmental Park, 5 of those parks are undeveloped. The parks collectively feature Picnic Tables, Playground Equipment, Basketball Courts, Baseball Diamonds, Football & Soccer Fields, and Tennis & Volleyball Courts. Williams Park also features Shuffleboard Courts and an adjacent 3 acre Amphitheater. Springfield also is home to the Springfield Country Club, located at 400 W. Sproul Rd, which includes a Golf Course with Pro Shop (610-543-9860) Restaurant/Banquet Facilities (610-690-7600), Casual Dining Restaurant/Bar (610-543-2100), (Pool (610-544-6670), and Ice Rink (610-543-3118 for info line, 610-544-6670 for office). The restaurant serves lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tues.-Sat., and a Brunch on Sunday. The Ice Rink opens on Thurs., Oct. 6 for Hockey League (610-543-0390/610-842-9941), Lessons (private/group, beginner-advanced, 610-543-0147), Parties and Rentals (610-544-1912). Public skating, with general admission price and skate rental, is open starting Oct. 28 on Friday & Saturday nights from 8:00-9:30and Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:30. The 18-hole Golf Course is open daily and offers daily rates, discounted for teens and senior citizens, as well as season passes, also discounted for teens. Golf lessons are available.
Swarthmore Recreation 715 Harvard Ave. Swarthmore PA 19081610-328-5186
Recreational facilities in Swarthmore the Swarthmore Community Center (610-328-5186), the Swarthmore Swim Club (610-328-5186), and 6 parks, available by request for group activities, email email@example.com Gateway and Keystone Parks, each ½ acre in size, are intended as open green space parks; Gateway serves as the main entrance way into the Borough, with a “Welcome to Swarthmore” sign erected in 2002; Keystone hosts many charitable events. Umoja Park serves its neighborhood with open space and a picnic area with tables and benches sheltered by mature trees. Thatcher Park (“tot lot”), located close to downtown Swarthmore, is fenced on all sides and features a fully equipped play area with swings and climbing apparatus, and a demonstration rain garden. Centennial Park, a passive recreation park furnished with benches, is located in Downtown Swarthmore and was first opened for the Borough's Centennial in 1993. Little Crum Creek, Swarthmore’s largest and most ecologically diverse park, is located along Little Crum Creek. The park contains wetlands restored by the Borough's Environmental Advisory Council in 2003. Swarthmore Community Center hosts year-round programs for youths and adults, and is available for rent. Swarthmore Recreation Association (610-715-0647) programs year round activities for youth and adults. Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association provides recreation and service programs for residents aged 50 and older, and operates the year-round Dew Drop Inn.
Upper Darby Leisure Services 4820 Drexelbrook Dr. Drexel Hill PA 19026 610-394-9544
Recreational facilities in Upper Darby include10-acre county-owned Kent Park, which offers green space used for hiking and fishing that runs along Darby Creek under the historic Lindbergh Bridge; the park now also features a renovated multi-recreational area with a playground, pavilion, and fenced-in dog park. Kent Park is part of a broader plan to create a Greenway along Darby Creek.
Nether Providence Township Recreation 214 Sykes Lane Wallingford PA 19086 610-566-4516
Recreational facilities in Nether Providence Township include Taylor Memorial Arboretum and 8 parks that collectively feature baseball diamonds & soccer fields ((used by the Nether Providence Athletic Association (NPAA) Soccer and Baseball leagues)), basketball & tennis courts, walking & bicycling paths, nature study areas, picnic facilities (tables, benches, grills), play equipment, and open space. Houston Park features a wooded section with mature tulip white oak, red oak, beech, maple, and ash trees frequented by wildlife including great blue herons, hawks, great horned owls, foxes, and wood ducks. The forested area surrounds Beatty Run, which flows into Ridley Creek at the property's border. Leiper Park, adjacent to the historic Thomas Leiper House, offers picnic tables and benches shaded by stately old trees. The Leiper House parking lot is available to visitors to the park and house (open with a small admission fee on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 PM from April through December). 30 acre Taylor Memorial Arboretum, located along Ridley Creek, features collections of rhododendrons, azaleas and perennials, as well as natural rock outcrops and water features. Visitors can explore the Arboretum by themselves, as well as participate in a 30-minute walking tour that showcases 12 significant trees in the Arboretum collection. A trust fund provides for maintenance of the Arboretum.
Yeadon Recreation Baily Rd and Church Lane, P.O. Box 5187 Yeadon PA 19050 610-284-1606
Recreation facilities in Yeadon include 3.5 acre tree lined Community Park, which features a walking/biking trail, play equipment including swings and slides, fitness area, basketball courts, soccer fields, and a picnic grove with grills and picnic tables, Yeadon Borough Hall features a large event space with a full kitchen, that can accommodate an event for up to 375 guests. Recreation programs in Yeadon include Piano Lessons for Seniors (TTH, 11:00-12:30 at Borough Hall), and Yeadon Shotokan Karate Club, which offers classes in the evenings and on Sat. mornings (at Borough Hall, 215-605-1506 or 215-688-7770 for info.). Yeadon Borough also hosts the annual Flag Day in June, activities include 5K run/walk, Car show, Parade, Flag dedication, Bike decorating contest, Basketball tournament, Musical events, Food and vendors, and Fireworks.