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July 14, 2016 The Fountain's First Test. Come to the Dedication on 8/24/2016 at 4PM to see it perform full blast for the first time!

July 14, 2016 The Fountain’s First Test. Come to the Dedication on 9/24/2016 at 4PM to see it perform full blast for the first time!

Tom—from our contractor, Pebble Pools—turned on and tested the Marshall Square Park fountain for the first time. With all seven sprays performing, it’s a glorious sight.

Much more work needs doing, like installing the new fence and restoring the surrounding plaza; but it felt so good to see the sprays rising after over 60 years. And for Friends of Marshall Square Park, a giant step in their ten-year labor of love.

If you go by the fountain, toss in a coin for good luck. Better yet, to help us finish the project, donate at,

PS  The fountain is in “stand-by” mode so the filters work while waiting for the official Fountain Dedication on September 24, 2016, at 4PM. Everyone is invited to this free event.

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See Our Fountain SPRAY!

Save the Date
Marshall Square Park’s
Fountain Dedication

September 24, 2016, 4 PM
Marshall Square Park
E. Marshall & N. Franklin Streets
, West Chester
Free to All

Be there as we celebrate and rededicate our beautiful fountain. Hear the remarkable story of loss, recovery, and restoration. After 65 years, watch the fountain waters spray and rise again. Make history with us.

Meet our new neighbor and prime benefactor, Pat Loew, as we rename the fountain in honor of her deceased husband, Jack Loew. Like the fountain, Pat’s spectacular renovation of her new home honors its Victorian heritage.

Meet Officers and Committee members who know how it takes a community to plan, design, and accomplish such a lofty endeavor. Honor those who preserved the fountain for decades, those who helped in its recovery, those who sponsor park benches and buy coping stones, those who open their homes for fundraising events, neighbors like you who pay dues and donate your time, dedicated contractors, and Borough leaders for supporting our efforts.

Thank you everyone. Enjoy the fountain and help us earn the funds to finish our new Gateway to West Chester.

Fountain Milestones

127 Years Ago — Installed and Dedicated in May 1889
65 Years Ago — Removed and Lost
10 Years Ago — Started Planning and Searching
4 Years Ago — Recovered Major Sections
December 16, 2015 — Restored and Reinstalled
September 24, 2016 — REDEDICATION

See a 4-minute video of the recovery & installation (May 2012 and December 2015)

Friends of Marshall Square Park’s annual Members-Only Fall Party starts after the Dedication.

The original Marshall Square Park fountain from 1889. Found in 2012 and restored to its original site on December 16, 2015, where Victorians walked and truly appreciated the fountain’s contribution to their community.
We’re Excited!
FMSP Fountain Committee
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Writing in Our Neighborhood

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 2 to 3:30 PM, join us for “Writing in Our Neighborhood” led by Corinne H. Smith, nature blog writer and author of “Henry David Thoreau for Kids.”

2016_0623FMSPReLibraryWe meet at the library and walk to Marshall Square Park to be inspired by the nature we see. Participants are encouraged to bring along a journal and/or sketchbook.

For ages 13 and up. Space is limited, so please click here for more details and to register.

West Chester Public Library
email WCPL

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Sixth Annual Music at Marshall starts 6/16/2016

A free Concert by the Sin Brothers, a Face Painter, a potluck picnic, and the famous Dia Doce Gourmet Cupcakes truck!  What’s not to like? Join us today—Thursday, June 16, 6:30 PM.

Dia Doce is donating part of all cupcake sales to Friends of Marshall Square Park. They’re delicious—buy one. Hey, Sunday is Father’s Day—buy a bunch!

Music at Marshall Picnic Concert series returns on the third Thursdays of June, July, and August. June 16 features…

Grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and picnic tables await YOUR contribution. Choose to bring apps, sides, desserts, drinks, or donate $10 per person to the jar at FMSP’s table to help pay for the non-donated food.

RSVP or tell us what you’ll bring by linking to SignUpGenius. Please bring your dish around 6 PM.If you will help us setup, take down, coordinate food, grill, or with other chores, please email our picnic coordinator at

Please bring blankets or chairs for concert viewing and consider bug repellent. And the more the merrier, so bring your friends & family, and please forward this invitation!

Last year’s picnic concerts drew over 300 people. Join us at the gazebo for a great summer evening of music, dancing, conversation, and food.


Special thanks to Music at Marshall’s primary and band sponsors…

To keep up-to-date with our concerts, like us at
And don’t forget our blog,

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Equanimity Hatha Yoga in the Park

A balanced body is a healthy body!

A balanced body is a healthy body!

Equanimity Hatha Yoga presents FREE Yoga in the Park for all fitness levels. Equanimity is a NEW yoga studio opening September in the Parkway Shopping Center, and they want to meet you.

They specialize in classic Ghosh yoga, which is a series of 91 asanas, pranayama, bandhas, kiras, and mudras. The six-week series is a sampling of beginner-level classes taught  in the new studio. Check out their website at

Jane Clark is a Ghosh yoga instructor certified with the Yogic Physical Culture Academy in Baja, Mexico, and is a Bikram yoga instructor certified with the Bikram Collage of India in Los Angeles, CA. Jane has practiced and taught yoga for 20 years and specializes in beginners, advanced, and therapeutic yoga.

FREE classes are taught by Jane for ages 18 and older, 5 to 6 PM at Marshall Square Park.

Session 1: Wednesdays May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22.
Session 2: Wednesdays July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10.
Rain dates are Thursdays.
(For classes to run, a minimum of registered participants is needed.)

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New West Chester Hiking Club

FMSP President Jeff Beitel addressed the new West Chester Hiking Club on Saturday, April 30, at the start of the Club’s first “urban hike.” Approximately 30 people joined the hike.

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Jeff Beitel addressing the new West Chester Hiking Club at Marshall Square Park's Monument.

Jeff Beitel addressing the new West Chester Hiking Club at Marshall Square Park’s Monument.


WC Hiking Club at FMSP’s Fountain project.


The Club hiked to the new Barclay Park. [Click for info.]


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Plant Sale at Everhart Park • Great Selection and Prices!

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