The Lansdale and Montgomeryville area is fortunate to have had leaders with foresight and a vision for the future.
They were able to appropriate land for many parks and recreation areas, and their planning, sometimes decades ago, enables us to reap the benefits today.
The next park to be highlighted in our series is , located on 21.5 acres in the 100 block of East Hancock Street in Lansdale.
Stony Creek Park was dedicated on June 7, 2008, and is the winner of the Land Development Award presented by the Montgomery County Planning Commission.
The park’s unique design and innovative use of the natural surroundings sets it apart and gives it a fresh and distinctive look which appeals to all age groups.
Providing the focal point for the park is the one-acre pond that is surrounded by ornamental grasses and cattails. The pond is relatively shallow, allowing light to reach the bottom, and it is encircled by a walking trail that connects to other trails in the park.
Although whimsical statues of fishing children greets visitors on Hancock Street, fishing is not permitted in the pond, but ice skating is allowed, when indicated, in the colder months. Turtles and frogs have taken up residence in this pond, which also supports smaller organisms that they feed off of, and a multitude of dragonflies share the pond in the summer months.
For the younger set with lots of energy to spare, there is a tot lot with swings, slides and a sandbox to let one’s creativity take flight. Pint-sized tables are available for impromptu picnics or just a snack.
A labyrinth, which is defined by tall grasses, occupies one corner of the park and is the perfect place for adults seeking quiet time and contemplation as well as children eager to race around the maze.
On a small bluff, an overlook peers down upon the park and affords an entirely different perspective for those willing to make the climb up to the top. Stationary binoculars provide children with the opportunity to gaze and dream of adventure.
A paved footpath traverses the park, and nature trails meander through an adjoining wooded area. Some of the trails contain raised boardwalks that transport you over wetlands.
Situated in the center of Stony Creek Park is a large gazebo, which makes a perfect spot for a picnic or just a shady place to read and watch children playing nearby. Arrangements can be made with the to rent the structure for an event that your club or family may be planning.
Stony Creek Park is the perfect place for a long walk, a hike through the woods, a jog around the paths, or just some quality time spent with the kids. So get up and get moving!
Stay tuned because next week, we will be visiting a park or two in the Montgomeryville area.