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Park and Recreation (P&R)

 

Board Members:

Lee Heller – Co-Chair, term to expire 12/31/2021
Sheri Zynn – Co-Chair, term to expire 12/31/2020
Christine Luke- Secretary, term to expire 12/31/2021
Ray Shafer, term to expire 12/31/2019
Therese Mauchline, term to expire 12/31/2020
Scott Holt, term to expire 12/31/2021
Kevin Wynant, term to expire 12/31/2022

 

The Park & Recreation Committee was re-established in 2012 and typically meets on the third Thursday of the month January through October (except July) at 7:30 pm at the Township Administration Building.  There are no meetings in November and December.  Click here to see the complete 2019 meeting schedule (last revised May 9, 2019).

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.”

 

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.

 

 

Park & Recreation Comprehensive Plan Study Committee

The Park & Rec Board of Honey Brook Township, along with residents from a cross-section of the community, will be working with Pashek & MTR, Ltd. on the Township’s first Comprehensive Recreation, Parks, Open Space and Greenway Plan.  The Board of Supervisors approved Pashek & MTR, Ltd. as consultants to the Committee in the drafting of this Plan at their Regular Meeting on August 8, 2018.

A Parks & Recreation survey was completed in late 2018-early 2019 by over 200 residents.  The answers will help the Township in its plan for recreation activities, trails, and park facilities that are of interest to residents of the Township.

Park & Rec Comp Plan Study Committee Meetings:

Comprehensive Recreation, Parks, & Open Space Plan Meeting #1 Minutes – September 5, 2018.

Comprehensive Recreation, Parks, & Open Space Plan Meeting #2 Agenda – November 28, 2018.

Comprehensive Recreation, Parks, & Open Space Plan Meeting #3 Agenda – January 17, 2019.

Comprehensive Recreation, Parks, & Open Space Plan Meeting #4 Agenda – March 21, 2019.

Comprehensive Recreation, Parks, & Open Space Plan Meeting #5 Agenda – May 16, 2019.

 

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 November (except August), at 7:00 pm.  Click here to see the complete 2019 meeting schedule (last revised May 9, 2019).

January 11, 2018 Meeting Agenda
February 8, 2018 Meeting Agenda – February 8, 2018 Approved Minutes
March 8, 2018 Meeting Agenda – March 8, 2018 Approved Minutes
April 12, 2018 Meeting Agenda – April 12, 2018 Approved Minutes
May 10, 2018 Meeting Agenda – May 10, 2018 Minutes
June 14, 2018 Meeting Agenda – June 14, 2018 Approved Minutes
July 12, 2018 Meeting Agenda – July 12, 2018 Approved Minutes
August 16, 2018 Meeting Agenda – August 16, 2018 Approved Minutes
September 13, 2018 Meeting Agenda – September 13, 2018 Approved Minutes  (These will be posted once they are approved at the next meeting.)
October 11, 2018 Meeting Agenda – October 11, 2018 Approved Minutes (These will be posted once they are approved at the next meeting.)
November 8, 2018 Meeting Agenda – November 8, 2018 Approved Minutes (These will be posted once they are approved at the next meeting.)

January 10, 2019 Meeting Agenda
February 14, 2019 Meeting Agenda – February 14, 2019 Approved Minutes (These will be posted once they are approved at the July meeting, as there was no quorum in March.)
March 14, 2019 Meeting Agenda – March 14, 2019 Approved Minutes
April 11, 2019 Meeting Agenda – April 11, 2019 Approved Minutes
May 9, 2019 Meeting Agenda – May 9, 2019 Approved Minutes
June 13, 2019 Meeting Agenda (rescheduled to June 20, 2019) – June 13, 2019 Approved Minutes (These will be posted once they are approved at the next meeting.)
July 11, 2019 Meeting Agenda – July 11 Approved Minutes (These will be posted once they are approved at the next meeting.)
September 12, 2019 Meeting Agenda – meeting moved to Sep. 19 to coincide with Park & Rec Board meeting.

Mosquito Information

Incidents of West Nile virus are most commonly seen July through September, and the risk continues until the first hard frost.  The Chester County Health Department (CCHD) has a Mosquito-Borne Diseases program which involves education, surveillance and control efforts. The CCHD collects mosquito samples using traps that aid in monitoring the mosquito population’s rate of infectious diseases such as West Nile Virus and Zika, both of which are spread to people by mosquito bites.

Prevention-related information may be found on the CCHD’s “Make You and Your Home a Bite-Free Zone” web page.  Also, check the CCHD West Nile Virus web page to determine if virus-positive mosquitos have been detected in your municipality.

80% of human West Nile virus infections are asymptomatic. Approximately 20% of infections result in West Nile fever, and less than 1% of infections develop into severe neuroinvasive disease such as meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis. Such diseases are more likely to occur in patients over the age of 50 or in those with compromised immunity. If you suspect infection, please visit your primary care physician.

 

Great American Cleanup/Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

  • 2019:  the Park & Recreation Board held its third annual Honey Brook Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 9:00 am to noon.  Recap and photos to come!
  • 2018:  the Park & Recreation Board held its Honey Brook Cleanup Day as part of 2018’s Great American Cleanup of PA on Saturday, May 5.  Thanks to all who came out and helped!  This event was one of 5,362 across the state that engaged 108,638 volunteers in community greening, beautification, and cleanups.  More than 5 million pounds of trash were picked up and  10,979 plantings were planted across the Commonwealth’s 67 counties.
  • 2017:  the Park and Recreation Board held a cleanup day on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 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; a total of 3.84 miles.  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.

 

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.

 

Movie Night at the Park
This event has been held in September since 2018.  Check back in summer 2020 for more information.

 

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/

Free, All-Ages Pickle Ball for beginners and experienced players alike will take place at the tennis courts of the James A. Umble Memorial Park, 173 Suplee Road, every Tuesday and Thursday evening beginning at 6:30 pm, from May 7 through September 19, 2019 (weather permitting).  Equipment will be provided; no experience necessary.  No registration is required.

 

Tree Planting – October 14, 2017
Members of the Community and the Park & Rec Committee installed trees and plants as part of the Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) under the Honey Brook Township Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit renewal.  Thank you to everyone who came out and helped!  Click here to read about the rain garden installation at the James A. Umble Memorial Park in fall 2017 in the Winter 2017 issue of the Brandywine Conservancy’s online newsletter, Environmental Currents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Activities for Youth

Half-Day Summer camp for Kids entering grades K-5

This popular camp takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 – noon during five weeks each summer at the Honey Brook Elementary Center (meet at the playground in back of the school), 1530 Walnut Street.  Fee in years past has been $30/week.

Check back in spring 2020 for registration forms, which must be turned in at the Township Administration Office prior to the first session.  There is NO on-site registration.

 

Chester County Food Bank & Honey Brook Food Pantry (HBFP)

The Honey Brook Food Pantry (HBFP) 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; click here for the Apr-Jun 2019 schedule; click here for the Jul-Sep 2019 schedule).  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.  Click here for an overview of the HBFP.

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 HBFP should contact Ken Ross at 610-291-0067 or Kross@aol.com.

Visit the HBFP’s Facebook page or the HBFP websiteClick here for the 4th 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.

Click here for the list of preferred donation items to the Under 4 Initiative.

How-To Gardening Videos

The Chester County Food Bank has developed “how-to” videos for planting and harvesting the many crops that are grown. Check out the garden videos on Vimeo.

Make a Difference Day 2019

National Make A Difference Day is an annual community service event held on the fourth Saturday in October.  Since its creation in 1992, Make a Difference Day has helped to encourage thousands of people across the country to make an actual difference in their neighborhood, community and nation.  Overall, Make a Difference Day has spurred people to make a difference in themselves, as well as in the world.  Millions of people have united in the common mission to improve the lives of others.  This year, the Honey Brook Community Partnership (HBCP) will be collecting items for the Honey Brook Food Pantry’s Under 4 Initiative.  For a list of preferred items, click here.

The HBCP has been an active sponsor of Make A Difference Day for many years.  Past projects have included collections of underwear and socks for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Coatesville, toiletries collections for the Honey Brook Food Pantry, and a coat drive for the Honey Brook community at large.

 

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 in 2019.  Contact the Township Administration Office at 610-273-3970 if interested in helping out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

By attending three classes and performing six hours of volunteer time, you can earn your Master Composter certification from the Chester County Solid Waste Authority (CCSWA).  Classes are typically held in the spring.  Check back in winter 2020 for spring 2020 training dates.

 

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 or visit the Brandywine Creek Greenway page of the Township website.

Click here for a free smart-phone app to help users find recreational activities in more than 100 publicly accessible parks and preserves in Chester and Delaware Counties.

 

Chester County Department of Facilities & Parks

Visit the County website by clicking here.  View the event listings by clicking here.

Newsletters:

Nature of Things:  May-September 2018
Nature of Things:  September 2017-January 2018
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

 

 

 

Last update: September 11, 2019.