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Barry Bridge Park, Foot of Barry Bridge, Front & Flower Streets. Dedicated 10/22/2004

Chester Park

Crozer Park

Delaware River Access

Deshong Park

Ethel Waters Park, 3rd & Dock St.

Lloyd Field, 6th & Lloyd St.
Including a Comments Field where you can share your recollections and catch up with some other teammates!

Memorial Park

Penn's Landing Park

Pulaski Playground, 7th & Hinkson Streets

Showalter School

Sun Village Park

Taylor Memorial Park

"Taylor Memorial Park adjoins Chester Park, along Ridley Creek. It covers 30 acres of land donated for public use by J. C. Taylor. The gift is a memorial to his late wife, Anne Rulon Gray Taylor." (From the 1949 Chester Times Year Book)

Thurlow Memorial Park

"Thurlow Memorial Park, comprising two city blocks on Seventh and Eighth sts., Flower and Yarnall sts., was deeded to three trustees by Fannie S. Thurlow Lane, daughter of John J. Thurlow, whose name part of South Chester bears to be held in trust for a public park to be known as the Fannie S. Thurlow Memorial Park. Temporarily this tract will be used by the Dewey-Mann Schools for athletic and recreational purposes." (From the 1949 Chester Times Year Book)

Thurlow Park

"Thurlow Park, bounded by Fourth, Jeffrey and Yarnall sts., and the Dewey-Mann School grounds, became the property of the city when South Chester was annexed, Oct. 3, 1873. It surrounds the old borough hall, now used as the West End Free Library." (From the 1949 Chester Times Year Book)

Washington Park


Recreation Ange Lenzi Trio (frequently performed at the West End Boat Club)

Boat Dock at W. 7th St. bridge, 1958; photo courtesy of Rocky (Hazel Hillard) Bohlmann, fatgarfield2002@yahoo.com

Caruso Radio Orchestra, photo courtesy of Pat McFadden, CHS '50

Caruso Band, 1928, photo courtesy of Irene Ramos-Vaul, itvaul@fast.net

Chester City Band ~ first formed 1932

Picture from the 1960's
Picture from the 1970's

Chester Italian Band

Picture from the early 1940's

Cochran Race Course

Drill Teams & Youth Bands

Great Leopard Skating Rink

Harrah's Chester Casino

Harrah's Chester Casino opened at 11:00 a.m. on Monday January 22, 2007. The official grand opening is planned for Friday 1/26/07.

Irving Swim Club, Photo courtesy of the architect, Mr. Jack Swerman, AIA

Little League (Click for more Chester Little League pictures & info)

McClurg's Colts c. 1929
1970 All Star Chester East Little League

Rivertown
(On the site of the former Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) plant.)


 

Neighboring Recreation Areas and Destinations: Riverview Beach (Pennsville, NJ)

Opened as Silver Grove picnic grounds in the late 1800's. The amusement park closed in 1968.

Click here to visit a Riverview Beach Amusement Park website.

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The Riverview Beach train

Books & Videos about Riverview


Parks & City
Recreation Directors
Vincent F. Sanbe [Biography], director of parks and public property - 1950 -

Robert M. Schultz (-1950)

Frank Fitts (? - 1952 - ?)

 

 

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2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 John A. Bullock III.

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