Friends of Marshall Square Park Fri, 13 May 2022 14:16:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Friends of Marshall Square Park 32 32 208078127 Doggy Waste Bags Are Back! Fri, 13 May 2022 14:15:25 +0000 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!!

Small Kids Playground Opens Just In Time For Summer! Thu, 12 May 2022 17:58:33 +0000 Small Kids Playground Opens Just In Time For Summer! Read More »

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 past the target age group for the playground😣) and shared funding by the borough and the Friends of Marshall Square Park.

A Big Thank You to Our Volunteers for our Annual Marshall Square Park Cleanup on Saturday, April 23rd Mon, 25 Apr 2022 18:36:13 +0000 A Big Thank You to Our Volunteers for our Annual Marshall Square Park Cleanup on Saturday, April 23rd Read More »

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 drainage swales, and
  • spread 40 yards of borough-provided wood chip mulch around the base of all the park trees. (Thank you to the borough for providing and delivering the wood chips!)

The Friends of Marshall Square Park have a few wheelbarrows and several mulching and leaf rakes.  A half dozen wheelbarrows were rented and a few volunteers brought their own!

FMSP provided coffee, donuts, and water which arrived at 9:30 at the gazebo – just in time for the first break – plus cookies were generously sent over from the Hickman House!

Thank you all for the efforts to spruce up our great park, and see you soon!  

Roger Lacy and Eric Miller, FSMP co-chairs

The Season’s Last… Thu, 17 Jun 2021 07:00:29 +0000 The Season’s Last… Read More »



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 8, July 29, and
August 19

To keep up to date with our concerts, like us at

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We are very grateful to our Sponsors
whose contributions make these events possible.






A Tree Falls in Fountain! Sat, 30 May 2020 20:41:43 +0000 A Tree Falls in Fountain! Read More »


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 what seems to be inches!


“What a beautiful park!” with FRIENDS Sat, 18 Apr 2020 07:00:56 +0000 “What a beautiful park!” with FRIENDS Read More »

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, and I filled him in a little about the tree sculpture, and how calling it FRIENDS is so appropriate for a number of reasons, including the fact that West Chester was started by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and the organization that raises money to improve and maintain the Park is called Friends of Marshall Square Park.

Before he went off, I found out he is from the Malvern area, and he said he has lived there for 30 years and never knew about the Park!

So nice that the word is getting out and all of the time and money invested is giving such enjoyment, and not only to West Chester residents.

~ Linda

[Linda is the FMSP Treasurer]


30 Days to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 Sun, 05 Apr 2020 18:30:12 +0000 30 Days to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 Read More »

  1. Work or engage in schooling FROM HOME
  2. Critical Work is defined by the Dept. of Homeland Security
  3. Keep at least 6’ from others. Avoid Social Gatherings over 10 people
  4. Avoid eating and drinking at restaurants, bars, and food courts. Use Drive-Thru, Pickup, Delivery, or Cook meals at home
  5. Avoid discretionary Travel, Shopping trips, and Social Visits
  6. Do not visit nursing/retirement/long-term Care Facilities


  1. Wash your Hands for 20 seconds before eating, after touching people (don’t do that), and frequently-used items and surfaces
  2. Disinfect frequently-used items and surfaces as much as possible
  3. Avoid touching your face
  4. Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow
  5. Wear a Cloth Face Cover



14th Progressive Dinner Review Wed, 05 Feb 2020 21:57:00 +0000 14th Progressive Dinner Review Read More »


14th Progressive Dinner Review

FMSP is delighted by the outstanding success of this year’s Progressive Dinner.

We sincerely thank all those who participated!

By the numbers: At our 14th dinner, in 6 neighborhood homes, 12 generous hosts treated 85 guests to a delicious 3-course dinner!

Our hosts this year were Marion & Jeff White, Karen & Bruce Cavin, Susanne Rosenberg & David Neiblum, Jackie & Paul Cody, Mary Kay & Bob McCann, Rebecca & Isaac Howell.

Besides raising funds to improve our beautiful park, this is a great opportunity to meet neighbors and newcomers to the area, reconnect with old friends, and make new ones.

If you missed it this year, mark your calendar now for Saturday, February 6, 2021, the FMSP 15th Annual Progressive Dinner.

Later this year, come to our Music at Marshall picnic concerts on the third Thursdays of June, July, and August.

AND … Reserve September 26, 2020, for our second annual fundraiser, the FMSP Fall Block Party. We have a great location lined up and hope to see you there!

See our other Annual Events.

FMSP Events Committee


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14th Annual PROGRESSIVE DINNER Wed, 29 Jan 2020 22:13:19 +0000 14th Annual PROGRESSIVE DINNER Read More »


It’s Our 14th Annual

Saturday  •  February 1, 2020  •  6 to 10 p.m.

Six spectacular homes in our N. Walnut Street neighborhood
are hosting this year’s Three-Course Dinner
Members • $75 per person
Guests and Non-Members • $80 per person
A few days before the event, we email your starting house location.
Please let us know if you wish to be paired with anyone at
the first two stops. Remember …
we all come together at the dessert stop!

Check out Progressive Dinners 1 through 13!

Have Questions? Want more information?
FMSP Event Committee

Fall Block Party Photos Sun, 29 Sep 2019 20:13:13 +0000 Fall Block Party Event Committee:

Suzy Sabo, Betsy Woodrow, Carol Ann Polito, Ronnie Balassone, Lee Miller, Holly Brown

Great party!  Dropbox Photo Album


Plan ahead for our most popular event, the

14th Annual Progressive Dinner
Saturday, February 1, 2020.

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