Owen and Harper Hodgett made use of the ice rink at Beckett Park in West Chester Thursday.The man-made water feature has been allowed to freeze naturally for ice skating. This is the first time temperatures have permitted skating and it is uncertain how long the rink will remain open.
The water feature was part of $2.09 million upgrade of the park, which was finished in late June. The upgrade included a new shelter, a “natural” playground, a small pond that can used as an ice skating rink in the winter and a 1.25-mile trail that loops around two newly enlarged lakes.
The first development phase of Beckett Park, which was acquired by the Township through a land transfer with the National Park Service in 2000, was completed in 2005.
Approximately $2.8 million of TIF funding was used to complete that phase, which involved the building of the West Chester Baseball Complex.
The second phase, which was completed in 2008, included the re-locating of Muhlhauser Barn and the Christian Moerlein Gazebo. Both structures were donated to the Township. The rental payments for the barn, which is available to rent seasonally, exceeds the cost of its maintenance and upkeep, according to Barbara Wilson, public information officer for West Chester Township.
Beckett Park is 150 acres and straddles Beckett Road near the Union Centre Boulevard intersection.
Park hours are from dawn to dusk.
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