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Who we are

Members of the Board of Directors:

President - Steve Gallo

Secretary - Alicia Surowiec

Treasurer - Lola Burkenstock

Member - Dick Shea

Member - Hugh Purnell

Member - Paul Cody

Member - Ray Moran

The primary purpose of Friends of West Chester Parks and Recreation is to assist West Chester Borough and the Boroughs active "Friends of the Park" Groups in the preservation, development, improvement and maintenance of many Borough owner parks

West Chester Parks

Events and Fundraisers

Yoga in the Park - Six 1 hour session held in Everhart Park every Thursday May 1st through June 18th 6pm - 7pm.  Free to attend, donations welcome


Music in Marshall - The Summer Concert Series.  Every Third Thursday June, July and August.  Sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - The Kit Anstey Team.  Free to the public.  Learn more at 



Restaurant Raffle - A favorite to patrons of the West Chester Borough Annual Restaurant Festival.  A chance to win one of over 30 gift cards to many of the great restaurants in West Chester and the local area.

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Friends of West Chester Parks and Recreation

› Marshall Square Park the oldest park in West Chester is named after botanist Humphrey Marshall. One of the first arboretums it was planted with rare trees, some of which remain today.
› Everhart Park donated in 1905 by the Everhart Family, was originally named Everhart Grove and is used for community gatherings.
 › Hoopes Park was named after Josiah Hoopes one of the original park supervisors.  The park is used for athletic events and had picnic facilities.
 › Veterans Memorial Park opened in 1948 to honor those who had served in WWII and is used as a children's playground.
 › Bayard Rustin Park was the Walnut Street Park and playground, and in 1998 was renamed to honor Wet Chester's civil rights leader Bayard Rustin
 › Green Field Park located on South Franklin Street, is used for various sporting events.
 › Kathy McBratnia Park formerly the Neilds Street Playground was opened in 1955 and renamed in 2003 in honor of Kathy McBratnie, the late director of Parks and Recreation
 › Market Street/Horace Pippin Park the children's playground opened in 1911 was renamed in the 1990's to honor famed West Chester African-American primitive painter Horace Pippin.
 › Fugett Park is the former location of the Fugett school, originally the Gay Street School, and is used as a children's playground.
 › Mosteller Park Located on East Rosedale Avenue is a playground with athletic fields.
› John O. Green Park opended in 1998 and named in honor of the late police chief John O. Green. It is used as a children's playground.