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Park and Recreation (P&R)

 

Committee Members:

Lee Heller – Co-Chair, term to expire 12/31/2017
Sheri Zynn – Co-Chair, term to expire 12/31/2020
Therese Mauchline – Secretary, term to expire 12/31/2020
Vacancy*, term to expire 12/31/2021
R. Allen Hartz, term to expire 12/31/2019
Scott Holt, term to expire 12/31/2017
Kevin Wynant, term to expire 12/31/2018
The Park & Recreation Committee was re-established in 2012 and typically meets on the third Thursday of the month January through October at 7:30 pm at the Township Administration Building.  There are no meetings in November and December.  Click here for the complete 2017 meeting schedule.

In March 2013, the committee adopted the following mission statement:

“The Honey Brook Township Parks and Recreation Commission’s mission is to provide opportunities for people to enrich their lives and increase their enjoyment and well-being through outdoor recreation and education.”

*The Committee is looking to fill this vacancy.  Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to send a letter of intent and résumé to the Township Administration Office, 500 Suplee Road, P. O. Box 1281, Honey Brook PA 19344.  Include your contact information, tell us why you are interested in serving, and what would make you a good addition to the Park  Recreation Committee.

 

Chapter 17 of the Township Code of Ordinances:  Parks & Recreation

Ordinance 188-2017, passed on September 13, 2017, added Chapter 17, Parks & Recreation, which includes park rules & regulations, to the Township Code of Ordinances.

 

Brandywine Conservancy Trail Study Committee

Scott Holt, Kevin Wynant, and Sheri Zynn of the Park & Rec Committee meets with Beth Burnam of the Brandywine Conservancy to study trail feasibility in the Township and Borough.  The committee meets on the second Thursday of the month, January through October, at 7:30 pm.

Great American Cleanup/Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful 2017

The Park and Recreation Committee held a cleanup on Saturday, April 29, from 8:00 am until noon.  A total of 12 people picked up 41 bags of trash and 18 tires from Struble Lake, Fieldstone Road, Welsh Road, Route 322 (from Heatherwood east to Turkey Hill), Griesen Road, and Forest Road.  Bags, gloves, and vests were provided by PennDOT.  Thanks to all who came out and helped!

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Sheri Zynn for the photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another cleanup day in Honey Brook Township, part of the Great American Cleanup/Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful campaign, was held on May 27, 2017.  Thirteen volunteers collected 16 bags of trash along a 1.5-mile stretch of Cambridge Road in two hours’ time.  Bags, gloves, and vests were provided by PennDOT.  Thanks to all who came out and helped!

Photos courtesy Reuben Schonebaum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James A. Umble Memorial Park

The James A. Umble Memorial Park is the center of public recreational activities and is located at 173 Suplee Road. There are tennis courts, a sand lot volley ball court, baseball/softball fields and a large wooded picnic area with a pavilion. The park is also the home of The Twin Valley Little League. We request all persons and groups who use the park to be considerate of the neighbors and to police the area for litter following any activity.

For a list of Park Rules, click here.

Twin Valley Little League plays at Umble Park.

 

Garden Planting Day Scheduled for September 30, 2017

The Park and Recreation Committee is looking for volunteers to help plant a natural tree and flower garden at the James A. Umble Memorial Park on Saturday, September 30 at 10:00 am.  The plantings are being provided through a grant obtained by the Brandywine Conservancy and is part of the Pollution Reduction Plan in the Township’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit application.

No experience or equipment required to help; just come prepared to get dirty!  Rain date is October 7 at 10:00 am.

 

Reserving the Pavilion for Events:
There is no fee for use of the park pavilion; however, there is a deposit and a Facilities Use Application that must be completed and returned.  Please call the Township at 610-273-3970 for availability.  Your preferred time slot will not be secured until receipt of the completed use application and the required deposit.

Born Learning Trail
Installed in November 2014, this is the 9th such trail installed in Chester County as part of the United Way of Chester County (UWCC)’s Early Childhood Education Initiative and features several activities for preschoolers and their caregivers to engage in language development activities.  Funded by a grant the UWCC received from the 1675 Foundation, employees of SABIC-Integrated Plastics donated materials to and were instrumental in the Trail’s installation.

ready for ribbon cutting

Ready, set….

cutting ribbon

…GO!

For more information about the trail, see the User’s Guide.

The Park & Recreation Committee hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the trail on May 2, 2015.  Click here to see the press release.

Click here to read the Tri-County article about the ribbon-cutting.

 

 

adults at the ribbon cutting

Applauding the efforts of all who helped the trail come to fruition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Free Library
Located along the Born Learning Trail, this kiosk functions as a free lending site for pre-K level books.  The child-sized library is designed to promote reading with a “take one, leave one” approach.  The little free library is installed thanks to a grant by CCRES Educational & Behavioral Health Services.

 

Pickleball:
The Tennis courts are a dual-purpose facility providing tennis and pickleball. The tennis courts are lined to accommodate both activities. Residents are welcome to use the courts for either activity.  Currently this is done on a first-come, first-served basis. The pickleball nets, paddles, and balls are available at the Township building. For more information on pickleball, please go to this site to find out more: http://www.usapa.org/

Pick-up Pickleball games will be hosted by the Park & Recreation Committee at the James A. Umble Memorial Park Tennis Courts from 9:00 am-noon on Mondays and Fridays through September 29, 2017.  No registration required; just show up!

Pick-up pickleball games for all ages & abilities will also be held on Wednesdays starting at 9:00 am at the James A. Umble Memorial Park tennis courts.  Sessions start September 6 and will continue into the fall for as long as the weather holds.  Participants need not have any experience with the sport, and all equipment is provided.  Questions?  Contact the Township Administration Office at 610-273-3970.

Pick-up Tennis games
Those interested in pick-up tennis games are encouraged to contact Kevin Wynant at kwynant@honeybrooktwp.com.

 

Summer Activities for Youth

Tennis Tuesdays for 1st- through 8th-graders
Thanks to all who came out to play tennis for Summer 2017!  Stay tuned for information about Summer 2018 in the spring.

Half-Day Summer camp for Kindergarteners through 6th-graders
Thanks to all who came out for the half-day summer camp’s third year–its biggest and best!  Stay tuned for information about Summer 2018 in the spring.

 

 

Chester County Food Bank & Honey Brook Food Pantry

The Honey Brook Food Pantry distributes food to those in need in the Twin Valley School District or immediate surrounding area at the Good Food Distribution Center, 5064 Horseshoe Pike twice per month (check the Township calendar for dates and times).  Please bring identification to show proof of residency.  Individuals may pick up once per month from this location.  Questions?  Call the Food Pantry at 610-273-6102.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of duties at the Food Pantry, some physically demanding, some not.  Click here to see the opportunities available.   Those interested in volunteering for the Food Pantry should contact Ken Ross at 610-291-0067 or Kross@aol.com.

Visit the Honey Brook Food Pantry’s Facebook page or the Honey Brook Food Pantry’s website.  Click here for the 3rd Quarter 2017 Board Chairman’s Report.

A collection bin is located in the lobby of the Honey Brook Township Administration Building, 500 Suplee Road, for non-perishable food donations during normal business hours.

 

Raised Garden at the Administration Building

Honey Brook Township is the only municipality in Chester County participating in the Chester County Food Bank raised garden project.  The Park and Recreation Committee is in need of volunteers to help water, weed, and harvest the garden’s produce.  Contact the Township Administration Office at 610-273-3970 if interested.

 

2016 Harvest:  following are the totals harvested from the Raised Bed Garden behind the Township Administration Building:

Green Beans    5 lbs 12 oz
Radishes          13 lbs 7 oz
Red lettuce       3 lbs 12 oz
Green lettuce    14 lbs
Spinach            8 lbs 3 oz
Cucumbers        67 lbs 1 oz
Carrots               5 lbs 7 oz
Peppers             8 oz

Produce was taken to the Salvation Army, Shepherd’s Kitchen, Steeple to People, and the Honey Brook Food Pantry.  Special thanks to this year’s gardeners, Therese Mauchline, Chris Mauchline, Lee Heller. Arlen Marks, and Sheri Zynn! 

 

 

 

 

 

Above:  Therese and Chris Mauchline (center) were honored at the December 9, 2015 Board of Supervisors Regular meeting for their work on the Raised Garden Bed.  Pictured with the Mauchlines are John McHugh (left) and Tracy Olsen (right).

 

Read about the spring 2013 inaugural planting of the garden here.

 

Certified Master Composter Classes

The Chester County Recycling Coordinator, sponsored by the Chester County Board of Commissioners through the Chester County Solid Waste Authority, teaches backyard composting to county residents and provides materials and support.  Currently, there are no scheduled classes.  For more information, please contact the CCSWA at (610) 273-3771 x228.

 

Township Administration Building Use Policy

This policy was established in Resolution 2-2010.

 

Brandywine Creek Greenway

The Brandywine Creek Greenway is a regional planning initiative of the Brandywine Conservancy and twenty-four municipalities (including Honey Brook Township) and is being made possible with generous support from the William Penn Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Chester County. Click here to learn more.

 

Chester County Department of Facilities & Parks

Visit the County website by clicking here.
Click here for September 2017 Chester County Parks information.

Newsletters:
Nature of Things:  May-September 2017
Nature of Things:  January-May 2017
Nature of Things:  September 2016-January 2017

Nature of Things:  May-September 2016

 

WalkWorksChesCo!

Chester County has been selected as one of 50 cities & counties in the nation to take part in the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge, a program that encourages cities and counties throughout the United States to create a positive health impact.  WalkWorksChesCo! is a program that encourages Chester County residents of all ages to walk one BILLION steps in 2017 and even more in 2018.  Plan to walk as much as possible on September 23 with friends, families, neighbors, and communities!  Register to track your steps or to find organized walks near you by clicking here.  For complete details on Chester County Walks Day, click here.  Questions?  Contact the Chester County Health Department at 610-344-6225 or walkworks@chesco.org.

 

Last update: September 21, 2017.