Pennypack Park is one of many parks throughout the City of Philadelphia under the management of the Department of Parks and Recreation. Established in 1905 by an ordinance to insure the protection of Penypack Creek and the preservation of the surrounding land. The combined parks total about 8900 acres and constitute one of the largest landscaped parks systems in the country. Pennypack, in the Far Northeast, covers approximately 1600 acres and is composed of woodlands, meadows and wetlands. Naturalists John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson spent many hours along the banks of the Pennypack Creek which runs through the park from Pine Road all the way to the Delaware River. The park provides playgrounds, hiking and bike trails as well as bridle paths for horse back riding. An adjunct to the Park is the Pennypack Environmental Center on Verree Road which is also under the management of the Fairmount Park Commission as is the Fox Chase Farm on Pine Road.
Many historic structures are still intact throughout Pennypack Park. In 1697, the Pennypack Bridge, one of the oldest stone bridges still in use in the United States, was built on King's Highway, now known as Frankford Avenue. The Pennypack Baptist Church, another of the Park's historic sites, was built in 1688. The Verree House on Verree Road was the site of a raid by British troops during the Revolutionary War. The trained eye can rediscover abandoned railroad grades, remnants of early mills, mill races and other reminders that generations of mankind have gathered in the "Green Heart" of Northeast Philadelphia.
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|Recycling Center & Cleanup Corner|
|Recycling Schedule, and participation tips.
Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Schedule
Plastic by the Numbers. What those codes are about.
FreeCycle - Give away items you don’t need anymore.
Recycling Videos. Information and Tips to help us "Green".
Earth 911 - Nation’s “one-stop” web portal for community recycling.
|The FOPP FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions||Those wonderful summertime concerts in the park and they're FREE!|
Music Festival Schedule
|PennyPack Park||FOPP||Indian Years||Mills & Industry|
|Holmesburg Beginnings||The Bridge||The Toll House||Frankford Avenue - The Kings Hwy|
|"The Train Lover"||Remember 9/11/01||A Hundred Years & People|
Celebration Chairman, Harvey Cantor, provided this review of that days ceremonies and contributors.
|Next Monthly Meeting:|
Thursday, April 21 @ 7:30 PM.
Subject: The Geology of Pennypack Park
Speaker: Roland Williams
Location: Deer Meadows Residence, 8301 Roosevelt Blvd (North of Solly Ave)
|Two wonderful ways to Honor or Memorialize someone, or to Celebrate a special event!:|
|"Sponsor a Tree"|
You can even attend the planting!
A distinctive card will be sent and your contribution benefits reforestation
|OverView Map||Bike Map||Bike Rules|
|Detail Map (Excellent, but BIG 167k)||"Old" Map (1946)||Greenway brochure & map (1600k)|
|Become a Part of Pennypack History
Currently, a committee of members are writing a comprehensive history book on the first 100 years of Pennypack Park. However, the success of this book depends on the personal remembrances of the park users like you. One area, for example, is the seven swimming holes, the boating, the events of the riding clubs, riding the trolley through the park on the Bustleton Line, or life in the park before the vast development of the parks.
Also, if you have any pictures we could borrow to scan, we would appreciate any contributions.
You can contact Harvey Cantor through the park phone 215-934-PARK, or by e-mail at Friendspennypack@comcast.net.
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