Top 5 Best Parks in West Chester PA

Updated February 13, 2024 – A major perk of living in the borough is its many open spaces. Whether looking for a park to take a nap, a stroll, read a book, or spend the day with your kids, West Chester is full of options.

West Chester PA Parks – Marshall Square Park

Modeled after Washington Square Park in Philadelphia, Marshall Square Park is celebrated as the first park in West Chester, PA. To this day, the original carriage tracks are still present, and only a few years ago, the once dilapidated fountain was restored to its original glory through numerous generous donations orchestrated by Friends of Marshall Square Park. The beauty of Marshall Square Park cannot be understated. It is full of lush trees, a gazebo, and one of the best kid playgrounds in the borough. In 2018, acclaimed chainsaw artist Marty Long carved a remarkable piece out of a half-dead 120-year redwood with owls, squirrels, foxes, hummingbirds, and curious little gnomes. It is truly remarkable and continues with the tradition and dedication of preservation in our beloved community.

Marshall Square Park

Everhart Park

Everhart Park is the second oldest park in West Chester borough. William Everhart first owned the original 10 acres of land, which he later donated to West Chester by his family, hence the name Everhart Park. In the early 1900s, the park underwent a major beautification project after years of neglect. The gazebo, which still stands today, was built during this project, a pond was dug, and rare trees were planted. Today, this is where the infamous wetlands are now located. Everhart Park has some fantastic features, including enough open space for a killer football game with friends, basketball courts, two kids’ playgrounds, and numerous barbecue grills to host an excellent get-together with those you love.

West Goshen Community Park

West Goshen Community Park was erected in 1996. This beautiful 32-acre park is located at the intersection of North Five Points Road and Fern Hill Road. West Goshen is equipped with three ball fields, a multi-purpose field used for soccer, two sand volleyball pits, four tennis courts, basketball courts, and a large play area for children. If that weren’t enough, it also includes an amphitheater and a pavilion complete with picnic tables and dozens of charcoal grills.
West Chester Parks - Everhart Park

East Goshen Park

Most parents in West Chester often describe East Goshen Park as “the best kids park in the world.” It truly is a child’s dream, offering numerous multi-tiered playgrounds, perfect for children of all sizes, sand pits, and more. But its claim to fame doesn’t stop there; it’s not even close. East Goshen Park is set on 500 acres of managed park space. There are numerous areas in East Goshen Park for sports, such as the softball, baseball, and soccer fields; a small multi-use field; a sand volleyball court; six…yes SIX tennis courts; two full-size basketball courts; a fitness circuit area and a gazebo.

Strouds Preserve

Although not technically a park, Stroud Preserve is a collection of once-pastured grasslands, woodlands, and working farmlands that serve as a unique site for recreation, exploration, hiking, education, and scientific discovery. Natural Lands privately owns Stroud Preserve’s 574 acres, but it is 100% open to the public. It is truly a breathtaking space and one of West Chester’s most treasured places.

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