We are excited to announce that West Whiteland Township has received a grant award of $600,000 from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program for the Exton Park – Phase 2 development.
The Township completed the bulk of Phase 1 of the park development with the opening of the Swedesford Recreation Area in Spring 2022. This initial phase included two new play structures, a zip line and swings. Phase I improvements are still under construction for the pavilion, shade structure and a restroom. Work is also underway on planning for a 9-hole disc golf course and for the opening of the dog park in Spring 2023.
Phase 2 focuses on the multi-use field area off of Church Farm Lane. It will provide pedestrian walkways, an amphitheater, pavilions and a restroom. Other improvements will include stormwater management measures; installation of utilities; ADA access, and landscaping.
These amenities are the initial steps towards a larger plan – the Exton Park Master Plan – that was created in 2017 following extensive research and community input. The focus of that plan is to maintain the natural elements of Exton Park, while adding recreation features that the public has requested.
The Swedesford Recreation Area is accessible from Swedesford Road, at the intersection of Swedesford and Ship Roads. The Pennypacker House trailhead, also owned by the Township, offers a smaller parking area and access to a short grass trail extension to the Chester Valley Trail. The Township also manages three multi-use fields at 200 Church Farm Lane, which includes a parking area and a cricket pitch, as well as a grass walking trail and pond which is where the Phase 2 development will take place.
Exton Park is a 727-acre park owned jointly by the Township and Chester County. The County portion of the park includes a larger trailhead for Chester Valley Trail, indoor restrooms, picnic tables, a playground and a StoryWalk sponsored by Chester County Library. The rolling lands of the Park comprise the largest piece of preserved parkland in the Township, including wetland areas and a scenic pond. The Park is also home to roughly 200 different bird species. You can view the full Exton Park Master Plan on our website.