Imagine… Your Own Park Bench

A place to pause, rest, and reflect on the beauty of Marshall Square Park. A lasting gift to the public, to your family, and to yourself.

Crowds of citizens filled Marshall Square and the benches were
occupied all day long. The square now is a beautiful place, the
flowers and plants showing to good advantage.
Daily Local News, June 3, 1889

Imagine Your Bench Here


Sponsored Park Benches – $5,000

The few old concrete and wood benches remaining in Marshall Square Park have deteriorated and need replacing, creating a unique opportunity to sponsor your own park bench.

From Keystone Ridge Designs, the new dark bronze benches have Victorian charm befitting our park’s setting and age. The welded cast aluminum legs with steel slats are commercial-grade construction to last many years.

Sponsors may compose an inscription for a 10” x 5” bronze plaque that secures to a bench.

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Click to enlarge.

Bench Locations

Pending availability, sponsors may specify a bench site from the plan below. Download Plan PDF

Planned Placement of Marshall Square Park Commemorative Benches (click to enlarge)

Planned Placement of Marshall Square Park Commemorative Benches (click to enlarge)


Other than bench and installation costs, all proceeds are for the restoration of our historic park fountain.

Make tax-deductible contribution checks payable to…
“Friends of West Chester Parks & Recreation, Inc.”
(an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization)
Note on your check, “FMSP Sponsorship Bench”

Mail contributions to…
PO BOX 3264
WEST CHESTER, PA 19381-3264

2015 Annual Park Cleanup

Jim, Jennifer, Jon, Jenn, Joanie, John, Miriam, and Jeff

Jim, Jennifer, Jon, Jenn, Joanie, John, Miriam, and Jeff

A sincere thanks to all the volunteers who came Saturday, April 18, to spruce up Marshall Square Park. With the fabulous weather and great turnout, we did an extraordinary amount of work. Fantastic job everyone!

Please remember to thank the following people who worked so hard to clean up our park—

Joan Albisser
Ronnie Balassone
Miriam Coleman
Jon Long
Jenn Long
Jim Salvas
Bill Scott
Jennifer Seaver
David Sweet
John Theilacker
Kathy Theilacker

A very special thanks to Bill Scott’s cousin Joanie, who raked leaves for the better part of three days!

Watch us work!

Jeff Beitel, FMSP President

Take a Chance on Art!

The raffle at Saturday night’s Progressive Plates dinner features the artworks below by Jim Salvas and Catherine Carney. These prizes, the winners of the Marshall Square Park prizes in the 2014 Brandywine Valley Plein Air competition, are valued at $500 each.

Raffle tickets are only $20 each or three for $50; and you don’t have to be there to win. But actually, we all win because all ticket sales go toward Marshall Square Park improvements.

So, bring cash to the Progressive Plates dinner or use this link to buy your tickets online right now:


Framed Pigment Ink Photo Print

“Art in the Park,” Framed Pigment Ink Photo Print by Jim Salvas.

“Children in the Tree,” Framed Pastel by Catherine Carney.

9th Annual Progressive Plates!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2015, 6 to 10 PM

Join friends and neighbors for our 9th Annual Progressive Plates event, an intimate evening of camaraderie and culinary treats in neighborhood homes. (8th Progressive Plates Review and Slideshow.)

RSVP Deadline is January 31, 2015
plus $2.87 Eventbrite processing fee



To pay by check instead of online mail to…
PO BOX 3264
WEST CHESTER, PA 19381-3264
or Drop checks off at 405 N. Franklin Street

You’ll visit three beautiful neighborhood homes! For the first two stops, everyone mixes; then all meet at the third home for dessert and a final toast.

We email home locations and group assignments, including special requests. If you haven’t heard by February 5, e-mail FMSP or call 610-436-4644.

2014 Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

We’ll do fun stuff—socialize, imbibe, snack, make friends, and talk Park!
Come hash out our plans for the future and review accomplishments.

Marshall Square Park admirers: please come and bring friends—you’ll make more.

  • 6 PM––Social Hour
    Upstairs at the Side Bar & Restaurant
    10 East Gay Street, West Chester, 610-429-8297
  • 7 PM––Light Buffet
  • 7:30 PM––Park Confab

$12 Buffet and Cash Bar. Click to pay in advance
Space is limited, so please RSVP ASAP!

We really hope you’ll come.

Plein Air Honors MSP and Awards Jim Salvas

The Plein Air MSP competition is a fundraiser for our park. Each artist donates their winning artwork to FMSP, and we raffle their works at our Progressive Plates event on February 7, 2015.

Plein Air Honors MSP and Awards Jim Salvas

From Photographs of Marshall Square Park, Plein Air judged FMSP’s Jim Salvas the $500 First Place Prize Winner of the MSP Photography Competition!

Oh, what a night! Late October at our host’s Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Friday (10/24/2014) culminated the Monday through Thursday grueling competition. From dawn to dusk, 72 artists photographed and painted the minimum four entries from three of 13 locations.* In the photo above, there’s an artist painting the Swiss Cottage.

Jim had one of those “I-can’t-believe-this-just-happened” moments. He placed FIRST in the MSP Photography Competition and THIRD (photo below the painting) in the Overall Photography Competition!

The First Place Winner for the MSP Painting Competition is Catherine  Carney.

From Paintings of Marshall Square Park, Plein Air awarded Catherine Carney a $500 FIRST Place Prize in Painting .

From Paintings of Marshall Square Park, Plein Air judged Catherine Carney the $500 FIRST Place Prize Winner of the MSP Painting Competition .

Plein Air Third Place prize

From photos of 13 designated properties, Plein Air judged FMSP’s Jim Salvas the Winner of the $1000 THIRD Place Prize in Overall Photography!

[To fully appreciate the artwork, click their images to enlarge. Come back later to see ALL the MSP photos and paintings.]

* Designated Locations
Auburn Heights (Hockessin)
Frederick Estate (Hockessin)
Gahagan Estate (Wilmington)
Hagley Museum (Wilmington)
Haskel Farm (Wilmington)
Janssen’s Market (Chadds Ford)
Marshall Square Park (West Chester
McCoy/Cigler Property (West Chester
Milner Property (near Stroud’s Preserve)
Nielsen Estate (Wilmington)
Pilot School (Wilmington)
Poston Estate (Wilmington)
Winterthur (Wilmington)

Our Park—New Site for Plein Air Painting and Photography Competition

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 6.41.43 PMPlein Air Brandywine Valley is pleased to announce a new award to eligible Artists—a $500 cash prize for the winning painting or photograph taken at one of our new sites, Marshall Square Park in West Chester, PA. In turn, the winning artist donates the piece to Friends of Marshall Square Park to use in their fundraising campaign to restore the Park’s 1889 Fountain. See The Winners.

Painting Our Cottage

Painting Our Cottage

Painting Our Park

Painting Our Grove

Painting Our Monument

Painting Our Monument

Plein Air Brandywine Valley is a painting/photography competition, show, and sale celebrating the beauty of the Brandywine Valley as interpreted by artists from around the country. For four days, artists paint and photograph its most scenic properties, including private estates, land preserves, and renowned duPont properties.

From Monday, October 20, through Thursday, October 23, you might see many painters and photographers capturing the beauty of Marshall Square Park. After judging, the winning works and the artists’ own choice work are shown at a gala, art exhibit, and sale on October 24 at 7PM. Purchase Gala tickets through the Plein Air Brandywine Valley website. Part of all art sale proceeds benefit the Children’s Beach House of Delaware whose vision helps children with special needs reach their highest potential as functioning members of their families and communities.