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Douglass Township’s Municipal Park stands the test of time

October 18, 2010

The Douglass Township Municipal Park sits, appropriately, directly behind the municipal building on Douglass Drive in Boyertown. This unassuming park makes great use of each of its 8 acres. Even though it’s only considered a medium sized park in the Penn State Study, there is a lot going on and plenty to do.

The park is home to Pine Forge Athletic Association’s baseball and softball programs, which run in the spring and the fall. The fields are beautifully maintained, but the largest field is for use with a permit only.  Spectators can enjoy amphitheater style seating at the big field, while the upper fields have small bleachers and are more the BYOC type (bring your own chair).

If you’re at the park for a game, be sure to check out some of the other activities it offers. With a covered pavilion, it’s a nice spot for a meal after the game.  There are two basketball courts, three tennis courts and two playgrounds.

Unlike other parks, which separate their playgrounds into age groups, Municipal Park’s playgrounds are separated by age of equipment. A new, modern play structure that has recently been covered with netting, to ensure that fly balls do not become hazardous to kids on the slide or the monkey bars, sits just behind the big field and below the softball field. Closer to the main entrance of the park is the “nostalgic” playground equipment.

My oldest daughter played fall ball for Pine Forge last year, and my younger kids loved the Conestoga wagon, the swings and the old metal slide that made up the lower playground. They were a little disappointed to find that the slide has now been replaced with a less heat retaining plastic version, but they were thrilled to find that the metal merry-go-round was still there. I guess some play equipment can really stand the test of time because they pick that lower playground over the newer equipment pretty much every time we visit the park.

Municipal Park is mostly a baseball and softball destination, but unlike some other fields we’ve visited, there are more than enough other activities to keep your family busy, whether you are visiting during a game or stopping in for a game of tennis or basketball. The layout of the park is also very smart, with all the sports action centered around the playgrounds.

DOUGLASS TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL PARK (BERKS COUNTY)
Location: 1068 Douglass Drive, Boyertown, PA 19512
Size: 8 acres
Suitability:  Although Municipal Park is geared toward baseball and softball, there are many other things to do for all ages and interests.
Facilities: Playgrounds, pavilions, picnic tables, tennis courts, basketball court, baseball
Activities and tips: If you are at the park for a game, be sure to check out everything it has to offer.  Bring a basketball or your tennis gear.  Note: if you are headed to Municipal Park for softball, the parking lot is accessed by a gravel drive that runs behind the baseball fields.  There is a large sign directing cars around the back and up the hill to the parking area for the softball fields. The fields are generally accessible, with the caveat that the parking is all gravel.
Hours: Dawn until dusk.

Douglass Township Municipal Building
1068 Douglass Drive
Boyertown, PA. 19512
Office:  610-367-8500     Fax: 610-367-0360
Office Hours: Monday through Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Douglass Township Parks & Recreation webpage
For park pavilion rentals, see here.

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