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.
Chester County Senior Games & Picnic
The Chester County Department of Aging Services and Chester County Commissioners are co-sponsoring the 2018 Chester County Senior Games and Picnic on Thursday, May 17 (rain date May 24) at the Brandywine Picnic Park at Lenape, 690 South Creek Road in West Chester. Competition events begin at 9:30 am in a variety of events: Corn Hole (bean bag toss), Darts, Football Throw, Frisbee Putting, Horseshoes, Hotshot Basketball, Softball Throw, Bingo, Bocce, and Table Tennis.
A bowling tournament will be held on Tuesday, May 15 beginning at 9:00 am at the Palace Bowling and Entertainment Center, 977 East Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown.
Separate pre-registration is required for both Tuesday’s Bowling and Thursday’s games and lunch; registration deadline is Monday, April 30, 2018. Transportation to Thursday’s games are available from local senior centers with reservations by April 30, 2018. Questions? E-mail email@example.com or call 610-344-6733.
Great American Cleanup/Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful 2018
The Park & Recreation Board is coordinating a Honey Brook Cleanup Day as part of 2018’s Great American Cleanup of PA on Saturday, May 5, starting at 8:30 am. Those interested in participating will gather at the Township Administration Building, 500 Suplee Road. Vests, gloves, and bags will be provided. Questions? Contact the Township Administration Office at 610-273-3970 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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; 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.
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.
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.
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.
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! 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 Kindergarteners through 6th-graders
Registration is now open for all five weeks of Honey Brook Township’s half-day summer camp, now in its fourth year! Click here for registration information. Registration deadline is June 15. There is a maximum of 40 campers per week, so register early! All camps run from 9:00 am to noon at the Honey Brook Elementary Center, 1530 Walnut Road. Dates are:
- June 19, 20, 21–Pirate Week
- June 26, 27, 28–Stars & Stripes Week
- July 10, 11, 12–Beach Week
- July 17, 18, 19–Carnival Week
- July 24, 25, 26–Wacky Week & Talent Show
Bike the Brandywine – September 22, 2018
Explore the scenery, glimpse the history, and discover the lure of the Brandywine Creek on the 3rd annual Bike the Brandywine hosted by the Brandywine Conservancy. Ride a 25, 45, or 80 mile loop in the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway and surrounding countryside. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Conservancy’s clean water programs. For more information, click here. Register online by clicking here.
Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Camps
The Brandywine Red Clay Alliance has announced its Summer camp program, which runs June 18 to August 3 for ages 4-15. Kids are guaranteed to come home wet and muddy (and likely very happy) each day! All camps are held at the Myrick Conservation Center, 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Road, West Chester. Click here for information, or call the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance at 610-793-1090.
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.
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 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
Lettuce 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 Solid Waste Authority typically offers these classes in late winter each year. Check back for the dates for 2019. For questions, 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.
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.
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Last update: April 23, 2018.