Friends of Marshall Square Park

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Become a member TODAY and support the care, preservation, and improvement of West Chester's oldest public square.

Our Mission

Friends of Marshall Square Park is a group of concerned neighbors formed to support the care, preservation, and improvement of our park for the benefit of the citizens of the Borough of West Chester.

Preservation

Preserve the Park, including the arboretum, hardscape, and all historic structures.

Awareness

Heighten awareness at the Borough Parks and Recreation Department and among Borough Council members of the existence and mission of the Friends of Marshall Square Park.

Projects

Prioritize and define Park projects and present them for approval and funding to the borough.

Fundraising

Raise funds through membership fees, donations, grants, and fundraising events.

Membership

Increase membership and awareness of our group by advertising in borough publications and promoting our group and its mission via literature drops, events, newspaper articles and word of mouth.

Responsibility

Encourage responsible use of the Park for all residents to enjoy by promoting appropriately-scaled community activities in the Park.

Marshall Square Park Fountain with Chester County Hospital in the background

Our History

Marshall Square Park is West Chester’s first public square, dedicated in 1848. It was recognized at the time for having one of the best collections of trees and shrubs with 160 distinct species. The park is named in honor of Humphry Marshall (1722 -1801), a world-renowned botanist from Chester County and cousin of John Bartram. In 1764, Marshall constructed a conservatory on his farm for the culture of rare plants. His definitive book on native American trees and shrubs, Arbustrum Americanum, is recognized as the first treatise written by an American on American plants. His home still stands in the village of Marshallton.

Our Projects

The Friends of Marshall Square Park has many ongoing projects, made possible by donations by our members and sponsors. Click the picture to learn more about our accomplishments in the care, preservation, and improving of Marshall Square Park.

Fountain
Gazebo
Playground
Swiss Cottage
Tree Identification and Labeling
Park Bench Sponsorship
Tree Carving
Wish List

Upcoming Events Calendar

Friends of Marshall Square Park organizes a variety of events throughout the year, including our Progressive Dinner, Music at Marshall in the summer months, Fall Block Party, and Old Fashioned Christmas Luminaria.
For more details, visit our Events page. 

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Events

A Big Thank You to Our Volunteers for our Annual Marshall Square Park cleanup
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!

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!)

READ MORE ABOUT THE PARK CLEANUP EVENT HERE

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

Roger Lacy and Eric Miller, FSMP co-chairs