West Chester’s first park was also its first town square. A place for people to get together and take a break from their errands and busy lives – it keeps very much that same vibe today. Located just blocks off of Gay Street, tree-dotted Marshall Square Park is the perfect gathering or just bumping into place.
Marked by meandering brick pathways crisscrossing a one-square block on West Chester’s northeast side, Marshall Square Park features some of the borough’s oldest and newest examples of public artwork. (The former a 1899 fountain recently restored and returned to the park and the latter a beautifully carved tree trunk, the borough’s most recent installment of a public art.)
Dedicated in 1848, West Chester’s first park was named for local botanist, Humphry Marshall. Marshall Square Park originally served as a way to show off the town’s arboricultural chops with a collection of fine tree specimens and rare plants. Over the years some of these trees have been lost but a few still remain.
To help find the remaining original trees, the Friends of Marshall Square Park has created a map.
Playground with swings, covered gazebo, fountain, basketball court, a Civil War monument, and a chainsaw sculpture of a gnome in his home.
Summer: Each month during the summer Marshall Square Park hosts music in the park complete with a community potluck. Follow Friends of Marshall Square Park on Facebook for details.
Winter: In December the park is lighted by luminaria just in time for an Old Fashioned Christmas.
Marshall Square Park occupies a full square block between Biddle and Marshall Streets to the east and Franklin and Matlack streets to the north.
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