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Warwick Memorial Park opens to rave reviews

by Joan Hellyer

The Decker family has a new evening routine thanks to the recently-opened Warwick Memorial Park near their home off York Road.

Ted and Lauren Decker gather up their two preschool-aged children most evenings after dinner and walk over to the 50-acre tract at 1200 Memorial Drive.

For now, one-year-old Brayden sticks with his parents while three-year-old Whitney heads to the expansive playground.

She has found a lot to enjoy at the outdoor facility that includes unique climbing apparatus.

“We love it with the variety of stuff she can do, whether it’s running around and climbing or swinging,” Lauren Decker said recently during the park’s grand opening. Once the two kids are a bit older they’ll also be able to ride their bikes on the specially-designed track adjacent to the playground.

“There’s a lot of stuff they can grow into,” Lauren said.

The playground has quickly become a big draw for local families with young children, but it is just part of the offerings at the active and passive recreational facility.

There are also pavilions for picnics and other occasions.

Plus, several multiuse trails make up a large portion of the park.

Some are located near the Little Neshaminy Creek.

The trails lead to and from three housing developments in the area.

“We get to exercise by walking over and the kids get to run and play,” Ted Decker said.

Warwick officials began talking about building such a park in the 1990s, said Judith Algeo, chairwoman of the township’s board of supervisors.

It came to fruition when Toll Brothers donated the open space to the township as part of its deal to build the new Woodlands at Warwick 90-home development.

The homes are adjacent to the park.

“It required a lot of teamwork,” Judith said. “A lot of people have been waiting for this.”

During the grand opening ceremony, supervisors’ Vice Chairman John Cox used a giant pair of scissors to cut a ceremonial red ribbon.

Several local dignitaries gushed over the facility, including Warwick native State Rep. Meghan Schroeder, who now serves the township and surrounding municipalities in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

“So many economic benefits can come from projects like this,” Meghan said. “With this one they are easy to see. Your hard work and dedication have benefited the community. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

The park is dedicated to area military personnel.

The township continues to sell memorial trees and benches for residents to have installed in the memorial park in honor of loved ones who served in the armed forces.

An ornamental or shade tree costs $500. A commemorative plaque can be added to the tree for $250. Memorial park benches also can be purchased for $1,000.

Visit www.warwickrec.com for more information about how to buy a memorial tree or bench and for more details about Warwick’s more than half dozen publicly owned and operated parks in the township.

PHOTO CAPS: 1. Lorelei Terezoni pushes her granddaughter, Gianna Schroeder, on the swings during Warwick Memorial Park’s official opening day.

2. Members of Warwick Township’s Board of Supervisors and state officials hosted the Warwick Memorial Park’s grand opening to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony.