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Spring City’s Parks: A little bit of everything

November 4, 2010

Spring City is a relatively small municipality – population about 3,400 – whose recreational facilities run the gamut from neighborhood parks to the Schuylkill River Trail.

Hall Street Park

My first stop was Borough Hall because I knew that Hall Street Park was adjacent to it, but I also needed some directions to two other parks. To get to the park itself, just go around the right side of Borough Hall and head up Hall Street. It’s got a decent incline, so just be forewarned. On your left, you’ll see the two full-court basketball courts, which are in excellent condition. The fencing on two sides ensures that your ball won’t be sailing down to the sidewalk and street below (as long as your shooting or passing isn’t too erratic!) The fairly steep-sloped grassy open space beyond the courts is probably really good for sledding, but perhaps not for ball games. There are a few benches under some trees that might make a nice shady spot for summertime reading.

Spring City Pool

I got back in my car to get to the Brown Street Park, which is at the intersection of Brown and S. Wall Streets. I wished I’d been there on a summer day because this is the site of the Spring City Pool, which is run by a non-profit called The Community Association of Spring City. The public park also has facilities for tennis and basketball, a tot lot, open space and a pavilion. I imagine it’s a beehive of activity in the summers.

The Penn State study listed the third recreational location as the “Spring City Boat Ramp Area.” I couldn’t find any reference to it online. At Borough Hall, I was directed to the vicinity of E. Bridge Street and the bridge over to Royersford. On my way there, I stopped at the Burger King; no one there knew of any ramp on the Spring City side, but they did know the Phoenixville Boat Ramp. I figured I’d just go down to the river and have a look around anyway.

Royersford view

I’m glad I did because I got to take a walk along another segment of the Schuylkill River Trail, which was how I started out this whole series in Riverfront Park in Pottstown. Although I will wrap up the series with one more post tomorrow, this area in Spring City was actually the last one I visited, so it felt like a fitting end to my explorations.

I walked along the trail in a southeasterly direction. If I had kept going, I might have eventually ended up in Phoenixville, although I don’t think that segment is completed yet. There was some trail construction taking place on the section leading from E. Bridge Street north toward Limerick. When I got home, I found details about the project at the Chester County Parks & Recreation website. They are constructing a 15-mile section between Phoenixville Borough and Pottstown. The website says that, “The 12-foot wide asphalt-paved trail will use PECO Energy right-of-ways, roadways, a canal towpath, public and private open space, and existing bridge and culvert structures.”

I’m going to try to keep track of the improvements and connections being made on the Schuylkill River Trail. The Trail promises to become a premier, regional recreational destination, bringing economic development potential to the towns it passes through. It should be interesting and exciting to see that transformation take place.

HALL STREET PARK
Location: 6 S. Church Street, Spring City, PA 19475, behind Borough Hall.
Size: ~2 acres.
Suitability: All ages.
Facilities: Two full-court basketball courts, fenced on 2 sides; open, hilly, grassy open space, benches, some trees.
Activities and tips: Walking up the grassy incline got my heart pounding! I feel I should issue a warning: See your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Hours: Dawn to dusk.

BROWN STREET PARK
Location: Turn down Brown Street at the intersection with S. Wall Street. On a GPS or mapping program, use 50 Brown St., Spring City, PA 19475.
Size: Unavailable.
Suitability: All ages.
Facilities: Tennis, basketball, pavilion, public pool, tot lot, open space, parking.
Activities and tips: Tennis courts are inviting. Basketball court is in parking lot and might not be available when it’s crowded at the pool.
Hours: Dawn to dusk.

SPRING CITY SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL
Location: Use 10 E. Bridge Street, Spring City, PA 19475 on a GPS or mapping program.
Size: Unavailable.
Suitability: All ages.
Facilities: Cleared and paved trail along Schuylkill River.
Activities and tips: Check Chester County Parks & Rec website before going out. Some parts of the trail may be closed while trail construction is underway.
Hours: Dawn to dusk.

Contact:
Spring City Borough (Chester County)
6 S. Church Street
Spring City, PA 19475
Phone: 610-948-3660
Website: http://www.springcitypa.net/

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PHOTO GALLERY


Hall Street hoops


Hall Street hoops



Intersection, Brown & S. Wall Streets


Brown Street hoops


Brown Street tennis


Brown Street pavilion


Brown Street tot lot


River Trail


River Trail


Roots along the Trail


E. Bridge/Trail improvement area


E. Bridge/Trail improvement area

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