Area parks compete in Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation ‘On Your Park, Get Set, Go' contest

Photo by Krista Zimmerman

The Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation is sponsoring a “Favorite Park” contest for the month of July and the Boyertown Community Park was in third place according to Lori Carnes at the council meeting on July 7.

The purpose of the contest is to promote healthy lifestyles by getting out and being active in the community. The first place prize is a $10,000 recreation grant, the runner-up will receive $7,500 and the second runner-up will get $5,000.

There are 12 competing parks in the area. Carnes said if Boyertown would win, the money would go towards improving the park and it would be very beneficial to the community.

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The foundation’s local campaign is called “On Your Park, Get Set, Go.” Residents can vote from a ballot of 12 area parks from a list online at bit.ly/1qHrzvM. The contest began July 1 and ends July 31.

To cast your vote, go to the park of your choice and use your smart phone to scan the QR code at the designated spots. Carnes mentioned these are at the flagpole, Rohrbach Pavilion, disc golf course, and pool entrance at the Boyertown Community Park. The Wellness Foundation website also gives those without a smart phone the ability to gain more votes by posting a “selfie” on their Facebook page or by emailing your photo to the address on the flier. Votes are worth double the amount on Saturday’s.

Ashley Pultorak, the foundation’s program officer of schools, recreation and active living, said after seeing the national campaign, the foundation knew it could do a contest locally.

The foundation invited all the municipalities in their service area to participate and then asked those interested to nominate a park for the contest. The final list for the campaign is 12 local parks.

Boyertown Community Park

This park has five baseball fields, a one-mile walking trail, 18-round disc golf course, playground and a pool. The park is located on South Madison Street. For more information about this park visit www.boyertownborough.org/.

Douglass Park

This park includes a walking trail around the entire facility, baseball field with concession stand, soccer fields, tennis court, basketball court and more. The park is located at 1320 E. Philadelphia Avenue in Gilbertsville. For more information about this park visit douglasstownship.org/.

Ellis Woods Park of East Coventry

Park amenities include a playground, nature trails with several bird species, a gravel loop and more. The park is located at 855 Ellis Woods Road. For more information about this park visit eastcoventry-pa.gov/.

Community Park on the Ridge of East Vincent

This park has a pavilion, grills, tether ball, environmental markers, exercise stations, basketball court and more. The park is located at 262 Ridge Road. For more information about this park visit www.eastvincent.org/.

Kimberton Park of East Pikeland

The park includes a basketball court, tennis courts, a deck hockey rink, playground, walking trail and more. The park is located at 2202 Kimberton Road in Phoenixville. For more information about this park visit www.eastpikeland.org/.

Scenic Community Park of Exeter

This park is also called Happy Landings and includes tennis courts, basketball courts, play areas, a pavilion, walking/biking trail, sports fields and more. The park is located off Elm Street in the St. Lawrence Borough. For more information about this park visit www.exetertownship.com/.

Hickory Park of New Hanover

The park has a community pool, playground, volleyball court, pavilions, horse shoes setup and more. The park is located at 2140 Big Road. For more information about this park visit www.newhanover-pa.org/.

Kenilworth Park of North Coventry

This park is 63 acres and has athletic fields, paved walking trail, pond for fishing and more. The park is located around the intersection of Scherfel Boulevard and Park Avenue. For more information about this park visit northcoventrytownship.com/.

Memorial Park of Pottstown

This park includes a water splash park, baseball fields, walking/running trail, skate park, a dog bark park and more. The park is located at 75 W. King Street. For more information about this park visit www.pottstown.org/.

Sunset Park of Upper Pottsgrove

The park has a mini fitness station, a ˝-mile loop trail, ponds, pavilion, horse shoes setup and more. The park is located at 1401 N. Charlotte Street. For more information about this park visit www.upperpottsgrovetownship.org/.

Anderson Farm Park of Upper Providence

This park is an old farm and includes baseball fields, soccer fields, deck hockey, pavilion, playground, walking trails and more. The park is located at 499 Hopwood Road. For more information about this park visit www.uptrc.com/.

Brown Street Park of Spring City

This park has a community pool, children’s playground area, basketball courts, tennis courts, pavilion and plenty of parking. The park is located around the intersection of Brown Street and S. Wall Street. For more information about this park visit springcitypa.gov/.