West Goshen residents work hard and play hard. That’s why the West Goshen Parks & Recreation Department—led by Ken Lehr and Tom Steines— focuses on providing safe, welcoming parks and recreation opportunities for people of all ages to play, learn, and build community.
Spring and Summer are particularly busy times for Parks & Recreation. Special events like the Easter Egg Hunt, 4th of July Bicycle Parade, Summer Concert Series and Outdoor Theater give residents a reason to come out and enjoy township traditions with their friends and neighbors.
Offering Many Summer Recreation Opportunities
The Parks & Recreation Department offers phenomenal options for families to stay active during the summer!
- The Summer Recreation Program begins in June and offers kids ages 5-12 a chance to spend summer mornings participating in sports, games, crafts, and weekly field trips. Programming is held at three parks and spots fill up quickly!
- Sports Clinics offer at the beginner level of instruction for tennis, t-ball, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, skateboarding and ice-hockey. Clinics are held one afternoon a week and run for seven weeks.
- Teens (13-15) can sign up for the Summer Teen Program which includes a mix of outdoor fun, community service and weekly field trips to amusement parks and activities.
- Older teens (16-17) are eligible to become junior counselors for the Summer Recreation Program.
Registration for all Summer Programs begins in May and takes place at the Township Administrative Building. (Summer Recreation Program Registration Kickoff Events: Saturday, May 4th: 8 AM – 11 AM and Saturday, May 11th: 9 AM – 11 AM. Drop-in registration will be held during regular business hours if spaces are still available.)
Caring for West Goshen’s Parks
The township is best known for the 32-acre West Goshen Community Park (located at Fern Hill Road and North Five Points Road) and its abounding recreation options. “It really has something for everyone,” says Ken Lehr, Park and Recreation Director. “Kids enjoy the huge play area and you’ll always find someone using the fields or courts and paved trail that circles the park.”
Lambert Park (located on Pottstown Pike) boasts some unique park elements. The Dogpark is loved by local pooches and the Skatepark includes the smart safety measure of a webcam which can be checked remotely. “Safety is a top priority at all of our parks,” says Lehr. Other popular parks are Coopersmith Park (located on Spring Lane) and Barker Park (located at Falcon Lane and Westtown Road).
Opportunities for Community Involvement
The hard-working Parks & Recreation staff does an excellent job managing the township programs and parks. “We have a fantastic team of year-round and seasonal staff members,” says Lehr. But the department can use residents’ help.
The Friends of West Goshen Parks is a non-profit group assisting the West Goshen Township Park and Recreation Board. You can support The Friends of West Goshen Parks by becoming a member. A one-year membership with The Friends costs just $10.00 per family.
Another option is to volunteer to help with one of the many activities, events or projects that the Parks & Recreation Department organizes. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors!
Lastly, Lehr reminds residents, “Come out to events and sign up for programs! We are proud of what we offer and want as many people as possible to enjoy them.”
For more information about West Goshen Parks & Recreation, please visit: https://www.westgoshen.org/government/departments/parks-recreation/.