Join West Chester as they dedicate the newest addition to the Borough’s park system. From 2 to 4pm on April 22nd, coincidentally placed on Earth Day, the park dedication will mark the conservation of an open space and the surrounding trees. Officials and local personnel are contributing to achieve the goal of saving the park. Music and refreshments will be offered during the event.
Formerly known as the Joshua Hartshorne Estate, the only one of West Chester’s 19th century estates that has not been built on. The entire block (bordered by N. High St., W. Marshall St., W. Virginia Ave. and N. Church St.) is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which states that the “park-like grounds” are home to “one of the finest collections of specimen trees in West Chester”.
Early in 2013 the southern part of the block was sub-divided into four lots to be sold off as residential building lots. A petition was signed with over 2,100 signatures urging West Chester Borough Council to save the Barclay Grounds.