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Edward Hicks Parry Bird Sanctuary (12.82 acres)

Chelten Hills Drive, Elkins Park

Facilities include: Open space, natural area.

History: Acquired in parcels by the Township from 1928 through 1944 for the purpose of providing open space. Once called "Chelten Hills Drive Bird Sanctuary," it was renamed in 1988 in tribute to a life-long Cheltenham resident and long time president of the Wyncote Bird Club. Mr. Parry was also a leader in environmental and conservation

issues.

 

George A. Perley Bird Sanctuary (8.07 acres)

Glenside Avenue and Rices Mill Road, Glenside

Facilities include: Open space and natural area.

History: A gift to the Township in 1956 from Standard Press Steel (now SPS Technologies), it has been maintained in its natural state for preservation of wildlife and open space. It was named for the first president of the Wyncote Bird Club, a long-time resident of the Township.


Coventry Park (2.8346 acres)

New Second Street and Coventry Avenue, Melrose Park

Facilities include: Open space and natural area.

History: Acquired by the Township in 1956 as an open space area.

 

Curtis Arboretum (45.55 acres)

Entrance on Church Road, near Greenwood Avenue, Wyncote

Facilities include: Passive recreation area, two ponds, arbor, leisure area, parking area.

History: Former estate of Cyrus H. K. Curtis, publishing magnate, the arboretum and music room of his mansion was acquired by the Township in 1937 as a gift from Mr. Curtis' daughter to last during her lifetime. Upon her death, it was reverted back to the Curtis heirs. The property was purchased by the Township in 1974. The Hall is the former music room and ballroom of the Curtis mansion. It is now used as the regular meeting place of the Board of Commissioners, as well as for many social functions. A stone memorial and tree grove was established by the Township in 1948 in tribute to all residents who gave their lives in service in World War II.

 

Desert Storm Park

Laurel and Woodland Avenues, Cheltenham

Facilities include: Open space and natural area

 

Dishler Tract

South end of Carroll Avenue, Glenside

Facilities include: Open space and natural area

 

Grove Park (2.88 acres)

Lynnewood Avenue near Cherry Lane, Glenside

Facilities include: Passive recreation area, open space.

History Acquired by the Township in 1939, it was once part of the George Heist estate.

 

High School Park (11 acres)

High School Road and Montgomery Avenue, Elkins Park

Facilities include: Passive recreation area, open space, trails, wildflower garden, parking area.

 

Parkview Road Park (13.14 acres)

Parkview Road, Cheltenham

Facilities include: Open space and natural area.

History: This land was purchased by the Township in late 1950 to preserve open space.

 

Robinson Park (4 acres)

Greenwood Avenue and North Bent Road, Wyncote

Facilities include: Pond, fountain, gazebo, passive recreation area.

 

Rock Lane Park (1.77 acres)

Rock Lane, Elkins Park

Facilities include: Passive recreation area, open space, natural area.

History: State-acquired in 1968, this flood plain area remains a natural area for residents to enjoy.

 

Tookany Creek Parkway, Cheltenham

Facilities include: Passive recreation area, natural area, jogging trail, leisure area, fitness court.

History: Acquired by the Township in parcels between 1933 and 1945. It is currently maintained as a passive recreation area.

 
 
 
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