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Delaware County Recreation Programs
45 park districts and recreation departments offer recreation activities, including sports and special events, for Delaware County residents. The Delaware County recreation overview appears on this page, others are available off-line from Metro Profiles. Note: Metro Profiles references recreation department websites to compile recreation overviews.
Delaware County Recreation 1671 N. Providence Rd, Upper Providence Township PA 19050 610-891-4663/4664
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.