Saturday, August 18, 2012
The house, located in Glenmoore, might be replaced by a butterfly garden.
Citing financial reasons, Chester County decided to shutter the Butterfly House at Springton Manor Farm in Glenmoore. The house closed July 23. It might be replaced by a butterfly garden: According to Chester County communications coordinator Rebecca Brain, Springton Manor received a shipment of 240 butterfly chrysalides a month ago, but not all hatched into butterflies. So, did the butterfly house just open its doors and set the inhabitants free? Nope—the colorful insects were allowed to live out their natural, relatively short lives in the house. "Many of them are not native," Brain said. "So, as part of an agreement with the USDA, no butterflies were ever released."
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The medical library offers an air-conditioned environment for young readers.
The Go WilMa program, a collaboration between Willistown and Malvern, offers young readers a chance to explore local parks as they do their summer reading—but what's to be done about those scorching-hot days when trekking through a park seems unwise? Those would be the occasions to visit the program's one indoor stop—the Paoli Hospital medical library. Go WilMa organizers gathered there Tuesday morning to showcase the new program and speak of its successes. What is Go WilMa? Read this or watch the attached video to learn more. Hospital librarian Ellen Sanford said around 50 children had already visited the library through Go WilMa. As Sanford spoke, one young reader, Maggie Elder, used a crayon to make a rubbing of a plate in the library…
Monday, June 18, 2012
Malvern Borough Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday night and vote on the ban, which is part of a statewide initiative.
At its Tuesday night meeting, Malvern Borough Council will vote on a proposed smoking ban in parks. The ban is the result of a state health department initiative called Young Lungs at Play that has already led to similar laws in nearby towns. According to the agenda, the council will vote on Ordinance No. 2012-5 following a public hearing: Council President Van Sciver announces that Borough Council will now open a public hearing to consider adoption of an Ordinance to create tobacco-free zones at public parks. The ordinance, if enacted, would apply to the three borough parks—Quann, Rubino and Burke—plus Randolph Woods but excluding Paoli Memorial Grounds. At its June 5 meeting, the council debated which parks should be included and whether…
Monday, March 19, 2012
Where's the best outdoor spot to enjoy the sunny spring weather?
Last week, we gauged readers' opinions on the best place to enjoy St. Patty's Day. This week, as spring returns, we want to know which park, preserve or trail is your favorite place to enjoy the nice weather. When you pack the kids, bike or picnic basket into the car, where do you head? Put simply: What do you think is the best park in the area? The choices: Battle of the Clouds Park, Birch Road Park, Chester Valley Trail, Conestoga Trail Ecology Park, Down East Park, Garrett Mill Park, Greentree Park, The Horace J. Quann Memorial Park, Kirkwood Preserve, Okehocking Preserve, Paoli Battlefield and Memorial Grounds, Samuel & M. Elizabeth Burke Park, Valley Creek Park and Theodore S.A. Rubino Memorial Park. Do you have a nominee that we didn…
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The money will be used to purchase new play equipment for young children.
Willistown Township recently pledged $25,000 toward the installation of new playground equipment at Greentree Park. Those funds, combined with $19,000 raised in recent months by the Friends of Greentree Park, means a new Little Tikes play set should be open for business by spring 2012. The Friends, an offshoot of the MOMS Club of Malvern, has led the charge since 2010 to enhance the park, with the support of township parks director Mary McLoughlin. Co-founder Kristin Thomas said Greentree Park has many kid-friendly staples—including bathrooms and a fence—but lacks fun options for children, leaving many parents to drive to West Chester and Downingtown for playtime. The new play set will include: At their Oct. 11 meeting, the Willistown …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The East Whiteland concert and Willistown fair have been moved to different days in September.
Thursday, Aug. 18, was going to be a busy day for Malvern area parks. East Whiteland's Valley Creek Park was scheduled to host Lisa Wolfe's Build A Band concert, and Willistown's Greentree Park was going to welcome hundreds of people and a bunch of animals for the annual Country Fair. Both events got rained out, and both have been rescheduled for the same weekend in September. The good news is that fun-seeking families now don't have to choose between the two, as they will be held on consecutive days. Watch Malvern Patch in the coming weeks for preview stories on both of these events.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Phase II construction will begin this year, with a completion date of 2013.
A federal grant will help to move along construction of Phase II of the Chester Valley Trail. The Federal Transit Authority is providing $111,000 for the work through its Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program. "These are funds that are used to complete the final design and start construction later this year," Steve Fromnick, the county facilities director, told county commissioners at a meeting July 14. Phase II of the project is set to run from Route 29 in East Whiteland to Warner Road in King of Prussia. Commissioner Terence Farrell asked when the work would be completed, and Fromnick answered late 2012 or early 2013. There are three phases in the trails current design, which will connect Downingtown to King of …
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Children will have the chance to sing along with 'Center on Central.'
Children and adults are invited to East Whiteland's Valley Creek Park for a sing-along concert Thursday. "Center on Central" will present an interactive music program at the park's amphitheater. The temperature is expected to reach 97 F during the day, but the outdoor concert begins at 7 p.m. and runs until about 8:30 p.m. From the township website: Bring your lawn chairs & blankets and enjoy a free night of entertainment. Dessert and water will be available for sale. There will be another concert at Valley Creek Aug. 18 featuring "Lisa Wolfe's Build A Band."
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The $40,000 price tag is a challenge they think they can meet.
Just about everywhere you go in the Malvern area these days—Kohlerman's Pharmacy, Malvern Pizza, Caffe Craze, Jake's Frozen Custard—you're not far from a Friends of Greentree Park fundraising endeavor. The Friends, an offshoot of the Moms Club of Malvern, are hoping to add new play equipment for younger children in the park, which they consider an under-utilized community asset. Specifically, they are looking to install a Little Tikes play set, a sandbox and two spring riders, and are working to raise the $40,000 necessary to do so. In addition to selling coloring books and asking people to mention their cause when buying a frozen treat, the group has applied for $20,000 in grant funding. The Friends' most high-profile fundraiser, though, …
Thursday, June 2, 2011
About 20 members of the public attended Tuesday's Willistown Parks meeting to discuss unleashed dogs at Okehocking Preserve.
The Willistown Parks Department held a public meeting Tuesday evening at the township offices to discuss the off-leash dog policy at Okehocking Preserve and plans to improve conditions there. About 20 members of the public were in attendance, approximately 15 of whom were Willistown residents. The meeting consisted of a discussion on current dog laws in Willistown, current and potential problems with unleashed dogs at Okehocking, and the possibility of creating a larger leash-free area at the preserve. Parks Director Mary McLoughlin began by discussing existing laws and codes pertaining to dogs in Willistown. According to existing regulations, the small off-leash dog area in Okehocking should be the only area where dogs are off-leash in …