Park & Rec

From Survive to Thrive: Why Parks and Recreation are Important

The East Goshen Township Department of Parks and Recreation manages over 500 acres of park space, is a steward for conservation efforts and offers programs, activities and events that increase the quality of life for Township residents. Simply put, it is “In the Business of Making Memories”.   The department has experienced tremendous growth and success in recent years, increasing programmatic hours by 400% since 2014. To meet current and future resident needs, the department has identified walkability as a chief strategic goal. We’re proud to have received over $3.1M in grant funding to support the construction of the upcoming Paoli Pike Trail project. It will connect the many land uses lining Paoli Pike, allowing park users to safely navigate Township facilities, offer students a safe route to school, and support our local community businesses. Park land is anchored by East Goshen Township Park 55-acre active park made lovely by rolling hill with vistas crossing over to its sister passive park, Applebrook Park, a 98 –acre passive park framed by Ridley Creek. East Goshen Township Park has a full complement of recreational facilities: baseball, softball and soccer fields; a multi-use field, a sand volleyball court, six tennis courts and hitting backboard; two full-size basketball courts, a well-equipped playground area, a fitness circuit area and a gazebo.  The East Goshen Amphitheater has grass tiered seating and plays host to many summer theater productions, movies and concerts like the award winning Liv Live Concert in support of mental health awareness. We encourage those attending Amphitheater events to bring a blanket or folding lawn chairs to comfortably sit and enjoy the various events.

East Goshen Township Park is also home to the seasonal Farmers Market on Thursday afternoons. At the Farmers Market, patrons can peruse locally made items and produce from over thirty vendors. We are also the only Farmers Market in Southeastern Pennsylvania to offer USDA certified organic produce.

The Department of Parks and Recreation filters its strategic and operational goal development through National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) three pillars of health and wellness, social equity and conservation. Most recently, this is can be seen with the introduction of our Stones facility. Stones is a ball-toss sport similar to golf and bocce, but played in the woods. It is accessible, can be played by anyone and is devoted to conservation and ecological education. The course safely educates players about native plant species such as the rare Ilex Montana mountain holly. A number of native sedge grasses were found during invasive plant removal, these are now being propagated off-site for reintroduction in 2018. We look forward to this wonderfully unique, fun and inclusive sport bringing our community together through shared experience.

Bicycling, rollerblading and skateboarding are not permitted in the East Goshen Park. Dogs must be kept on a leash in the park and must be under the control of their owner. East Goshen Township Park is home to over twenty special events throughout the calendar year and has pavilions available to rent for functions as well. The park closes at dusk and drinking alcohol is prohibited.

Applebrook Park is a picturesque passive park which includes three miles of walking/jogging trails leisurely strolling through the park’s rolling hills and expansive views. Rollerblading and bicycling are permitted in Applebrook Park.  Dogs must be kept on a 6 ft. leash in the park and must be under the control of their owner.  Organized sports activities or group picnics are not permitted in Applebrook Park.  Parking is available at the lot adjacent to the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry. Collectively, East Goshen and Applebrook Park offer a collective 150 acres of park land are connected by over 4.0 miles of trail. In summer months, if you are lucky, you can even spot a Bald Eagle perched above Ridley Creek!

The nine-member Park and Recreation Commission advises the department on strategic and operational goals and approves special event permits. It most recently completed the 2015 East Goshen Township Park Master Plan update that identifies park development and improvements over the course of the next ten-fifteen years. Chief among these is the new destination playground and nature play space. The department has secured $475,000 in state grants to fund the project. Township residents are encouraged to join our “Volunteer Brigade” in support of events, programs and activities. Our department goals are only achieved through a vast network of partners and volunteers and we thank everyone for their continued support.

Thank you for learning a little more about the East Goshen Township Department of Parks and Recreation. I hope to see you one day in the park!

~Jason Lang, MS, CPRP

Director of Parks and Recreation

East Goshen Township