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Park News

Doggy Waste Bags Are Back!

West Chester Public installed new holders and filled them with biodegradable bags in Marshall Square Park this morning. With the recent ban on plastic bags when shopping, getting the bags back in the park will really help keep “things” from getting underfoot. Thanks, Public Works!!

Playground

Small Kids Playground Opens Just In Time For Summer!

The new Marshall Square Park small kids playground and swing set will be open the week of May 16 – just in time for summer! The new playground includes a new play set designed for younger children and a more versatile swing set that includes accessible swings (a couple of parts on back-order, we are unsure the delivery date). The mulch is soft and deep, and the newly seeded area (post-grading) covered with straw. Fencing to protect the trees during installation will also be removed shortly. The new playground is the result of years of honchoing by Chantale Fieldhouse (her kids are now …

Annual Park Cleanup

A Big Thank You to Our Volunteers for our Annual Marshall Square Park Cleanup on Saturday, April 23rd

More than 30 community volunteers, from the Rotary Club of West Chester, Moody’s Analytics, and the Friends of Marshall Square Park came out for our annual Earth Day Weekend Cleanup! Two crews were loosely assembled, one working on the Northwest corner of the park (near the recently started construction site of additional playground equipment!) and one near the Southeast corner and the ‘Swiss Cottage’. The 3 main projects were to: pick up the numerous downed sticks and branches (several of the kids were especially good at this!) rake up a few heavy areas of leaves and seedpods, including the brick …

Music At Marshall

The Season’s Last…

MUSIC AT MARSHALL The pandemic cancelled our 2020 concerts, but now it’s time to enjoy music together again in our beautiful park. While we won’t have our usual picnic table, there will be food trucks and you are welcome to bring your own food & drink. Three of our favorite bands are as eager to be back as we are to have them! Give them a warm, welcoming hand ???? Sin Brothers • July 1, 2021 John Grecia Band • July 22, 2021 Dirk Quinn Band • August 12, 2021 All three events are on Thursdays at 6:30PM.Rain Dates are July …

Fountain

A Tree Falls in Fountain!

On 5/20/20, a very large limb from a Pin Oak came down in MSP’s fountain area. The fountain itself looks okay; but it’s still off, so cross your fingers. Its top is broken, the bottom tier lost a chunk, the iron fence is damaged, and Lane and Jim’s bench is destroyed. A Borough crew fired up its giant cherry picker and found that the fallen limb had exposed a rotten trunk. For safety, the crew fell the severely compromised oak, which opened a ???? view of East Marshall Street. If there are silver linings, the droppings from that tree were causing severe clogging; and the fountain escaped disaster by …

Fountain

“What a beautiful park!” with FRIENDS

Today, April 16, 2020, I woke up to a bright and sunny morning, although unseasonably cold. The daffodils across the street in the Park are especially vivid these days. When I ventured out around 10 a.m. to pick the newspaper up off the sidewalk, a car stopped. I looked up, expecting to be asked directions to somewhere. A man gave me a great big smile and said, quite joyfully, “What a beautiful park!” He went on to say he had been out at ChesLen Preserve in Coatesville, and someone told him about the Park! He remarked about the FRIENDS sign, …