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Park and Recreation (P&R)

 

Committee Members:

Lee Heller – Co-Chair, term to expire 12/31/2021
Sheri Zynn – Co-Chair, term to expire 12/31/2020
Therese Mauchline – Secretary, term to expire 12/31/2020
Christine Luke, term to expire 12/31/2021
R. Allen Hartz, term to expire 12/31/2019
Scott Holt, term to expire 12/31/2021
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 (except July) at 7:30 pm at the Township Administration Building.  There are no meetings in November and December.  Click here for the complete 2018 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.”

 

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.

 

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 for the complete 2018 meeting schedule.

January 11, 2018 Meeting Agenda
February 8, 2018 Meeting Agenda

 

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.

 

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/

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

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; click here for the Jan-Mar 2018 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.

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 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.

2018 Food Pantry Fundraisers

2017 was a year when, once again, the need for supplemental food support continued to grow in the Honey Brook area.  Nearly 8% more children required help as larger families continued to enroll and to need assistance for longer periods of time.  Despite the increased need, due to the generosity of so many, the Honey Brook Food Pantry (HBFP) was able to distribute larger quantities of healthier food.  Although the HBFP is working to decrease the need, financial planning to continue the program is critical.  The HBFP is highly dependent on the proceeds from three annual fund raising events.  Please visit the HBFP website for details on the following:

  • Annual Spring Dinner Event…..Saturday evening April 7, 2018….a delicious catered dinner with speakers to INSPIRE!
  • Annual Golf Outing….Monday morning July 9, 2018……..Honey Brook Golf Club outings are unsurpassed!
  • Music Fest III……Saturday August 18, 2018 from 4-10 pm……great bands and great food in a perfect venue!

Make a Difference Day

National Make a Difference Day is held each October on the fourth Saturday of the month.  The Honey Brook Community Partnership coordinates the local project for Make a Difference Day.  Past projects have included a coat drive and toiletries collections to benefit the Honey Brook Food Pantry.  Stay tuned for an announcement of the 2018 project in late summer 2018.

 

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.

 

2017 Harvest:  following are the totals harvested from the Raised Bed Garden behind the Township Administration Building:

Green Beans   11 lbs 13 oz
Radishes         fall harvest TBD
Red onions      3 lbs
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ettuce            3 lbs, plus fall harvest TBD
Spinach            6 lbs, plus fall harvest TBD
Peas                3 lbs

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, Sandy Back, and Karen Gorgonzola! 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Board of Commissioners is sponsoring the 2018 Certified Master Composter Classes through the Chester County Solid Waste Authority.  Classes are being held on Tuesday evenings, March 13, 20, and 27 in Room 171 of the Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester. Attendance at all three evening classes is required along with 6 hours of volunteer time in order to receive certification.  For questions or to register, please call 484-796-4041.

 

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.

 

Chester County Department of Facilities & Parks

Visit the County website by clicking here.
Click here for November & December 2017 Chester County Parks information.

Newsletters:
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: February 13, 2018.