by Joan Hellyer
Warwick children will soon have a new playground to enjoy and new trails to explore with their families.
The township is putting the finishing touches on Warwick Memorial Park. The active and passive recreational facility is located on a 50-acre tract at 1200 Memorial Drive.
The park is adjacent to Toll Brothers’ new Woodlands at Warwick 90-home development.
The developer gave the township 50 acres of open space as part of the agreement to build the homes just off York Road, township Manager Kyle Seckinger said.
Part of the tract is located near the Little Neshaminy Creek, which provides a beautiful setting for multiuse trails, Kyle said. “There is abundant wildlife” all along the trails, he said.
The park also will offer a large playground that includes unique climbing apparatus and pavilions for picnics and other occasions, the township manager said.
The facility will be “tucked away” from urbanization, he said. It is dedicated to recognizing area military personnel who have selflessly served the United States.
Residents can buy memorial trees and benches to have installed in Warwick Memorial Park in honor of loved ones who served in the armed forces.
An ornamental or shade tree costs $500 and a commemorative plaque can be added to the tree for $250. Memorial park benches also can be purchased for $1,000.
Go to https://bit.ly/2IAXUo2 for more information on how to buy a memorial tree or bench to have installed in the new park.
The grand opening for Warwick Memorial Park is expected to take place this summer, Kyle said. The ceremony’s date and time has not been scheduled as of press time.
Once Warwick Memorial Park opens, the municipality will own and operate more than a half dozen active and passive recreational facilities, the township manager said.
The crown jewel of Warwick’s facilities is the Moland House Historic Park at 1641 Old York Road. Other facilities include:
*Warwick Community Park at 1733 Township Greene, which offers basketball courts, horseshoe pits, an in-line skating rink, a recreation station playground, soccer fields, and large and small pavilions.
*Guinea Lane Park at 2045 Guinea Lane, which consists of baseball fields, a basketball court, pickleball and tennis courts, a tot lot playground and a small pond.
*Hampton Chase Park at Dark Hollow and Almshouse roads, which offers softball fields, a multi-purpose field, a tot lot playground, a small pavilion and a small pond.
*Hidden Pond Park at Long Pond and West Fernbrook drives, which boasts a baseball field, basketball court, tot lot playground and small pond.
*Jamison Hunt Park at West Rockspray Road near Dogwood Drive, which offers basketball and tennis courts.
Go to www.warwickrec.com for more information about Warwick’s recreational facilities and their respective offerings.