John O. Green Memorial Park
Vibe: On any given summer day, especially the hot-ones, this pocket park is dotted with bathing-suit clad kiddos carrying buckets and splashing away among deep green frogs spurting water from their sturdy heads. Located in the heart of the Borough, just blocks from downtown, and lacking in natural green space there is a distinctly urban feel to this park. Known primarily for its water features the park also features multiple play areas, a covered picnic area and plenty of blacktop.
Fun fact: John O. Green is considered the Borough’s most modern park and was the Borough’s newest park until this decidedly un-modern plot of land came along.
History: This 23,400 square feet of land was a contaminated brownfield when it was purchased by the Borough in 1998. The land was decontaminated and cleaned up and turned into a play area for neighborhood kids. The park is named after John Green former West Chester police chief.
About the splash part: Featuring water sprayers, poppers and squirting frogs, the splash park is operated on a timer that is activated with the push of a button. Water sprays for a set time then shuts off until an excited kid runs over to start it over again. The water features are operational from May 1 through September 30.
Key features: In addition to the splash area the park features three play areas, swings, a climbing area, covered picnic area and basketball courts.
Events: I don’t know of any events held in this park.
Location: The park is located between S. Matlack and E. Miner St. Travel note: The park is surrounded by one-way streets so the easiest way to get there is to turn onto Matlack from either Gay or Market – or walk.
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