When we visited Boyertown Community Park on a Sunday afternoon, it was buzzing with activity. Boyertown Midget Baseball League’s fall ball teams were making the most of the gorgeous October weather, and the fields and bleachers were full. Beyond the athletic fields we found the playground and a great sized pavilion that would be perfect for parties or organizations to use. (Information on using the pavilion at the park can be obtained from Boyertown Borough Hall.)
The kids could not get to the playground fast enough, and with good reason. The play equipment at the park is unique – not your typical, run-of-the-mill swing set and slides. My son and his friend immediately found every piece of equipment that could spin in any way and got to work on making themselves dizzy. (If you have read my other reviews, you may be noticing a pattern of his by now.)
The coolest thing about the play equipment was that several pieces required deciphering and exploring. The boys gravitated toward one particular piece that looked like a trampoline ring without its center, but it is situated on a slant. They figured out that the entire thing spins (laughter and excitement ensued, of course), and then they started working on ways to use it – one spinning and the other sitting; one spinning and the other lying down on it; the grownups spinning it and both boys sitting til they fell off.
As a parent, that’s what I like to see wherever we take our kids – them engaging with and exploring their surroundings. There is nothing I enjoy more than seeing that spark of curiosity in my kids and watching as they figure something out, even if that something is as simple as lifting their legs off the ground while they spin at high speeds on the playground. The sense of discovery and play abounds at the Boyertown Community Park playground.
It was tough to tear them away from the playground to do more exploring, but the promise of sticks and rocks pretty much did the trick. We followed the winding path past the playground for younger kids (likely the under 5 set) and around past another pavilion to check out the amphitheater. It’s a beautiful wooden structure that looks right at home in the wooded park setting. A quick walk across one of two bridges brings you right over to the seating area for the stage.
The Boyertown Community Park will be the setting for this weekend’s Turning Leaf Fall Festival, which will include performances from local bands and a variety of activities for kids and families. The event will be Saturday, October 16th from 11am to 8pm with a rain date of Sunday. According to the festival’s website, www.turningleaffest.com, the schedule of events is as follows:
- Horse and buggy rides (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
- Pony rides (12 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
- Cow pie bingo(4 p.m.)
- Pumpkin Pie eating contest (3 p.m.)
- Hayrides (4 p.m – 8 p.m.)
There will also be carnival games, moon bounce, pumpkin painting activities and scarecrow-making all day. Boyertown based gallery and studio, Clayote, will be on hand to do pottery with kids as well as face painting and henna tattoos. If you head out on Saturday, be sure to also check out the alpaca exhibit.
Though it was closed for the season when we visited, the pool at the Boyertown Community Park is a popular destination for residents in the summer and a great way to beat the heat if you don’t belong to a private swim club. Daily and seasonal passes are available for the pool.
BOYERTOWN COMMUNITY PARK
Location: 419 South Madison Street, Boyertown, PA 19512, across from Boyertown Junior High West
Size: 47 acres
Suitability: Boyertown Community Park has something for everyone in the family. From the playground to the natural beauty of its setting, this park is appropriate and accessible to all ages.
Facilities: Pavilions with picnic tables, pool, playgrounds, fields suitable for field hockey, soccer or football, baseball fields, and an amphitheater with lawn seating.
Activities and Tips: Plan to spend a good amount of time at the playground if you have kids. The equipment is new, clean and has plenty to keep them busy.
Hours: Dawn until dusk