Our Vision - West End Regional Park
The West End Park and Open Space Commission is a model of conservation and public recreation for people who live, work, and visit Chestnuthill, Eldred, Polk and Ross Townships in Monroe County. It offers public access to a variety of recreation opportunities; premiere community sports facilities, indoor recreation, and special events space. As an inviting and secure destination, the parks’ success is rooted in high quality facilities, programming and maintenance.
The Park enhances the quality of life for the entire region and serves as a catalyst for economic development.
The West End Park and Open Space Commission (WEPOSC) will plan, design, develop, program, and maintain the West End Regional Park with the spirit and resources necessary to conserve the priceless legacy of the natural and culturally significant property as a public park.
According to the Monroe 2020 Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 1999, open space is the most distinguishing feature of Monroe County. In 2001, the County Commissioners approved the Monroe County Open Space Plan, which sets the county’s conservation priorities and call for a county that is “forever green”- a county featuring an open space system linked by a network of preserved land and trails.
The West End communities of Chestnuthill, Ross, Eldred and Polk Townships participated in the creation of the Open Space and Recreation Plan in 2002. The recreation and open space needs of each community and the area were considered during a series of interviews, community meetings, and discussions held with a variety of people who plan, oversee and implement recreation services in the region. The plan was officially adopted by the participating municipalities in January 2003.
The Open Space and Recreation Plan recommended developing a 244 acre multi-use facility on Merwine-Hilltop Road, known as the Romascavage property, in Chestnuthill Township. This plan works to carry out Monroe County’s vision of protecting environmental resources, creating greenways and establishing new parklands.
WEPOSC was created in September of 2006 by an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement amongst Ross and Chestnuthill Townships along with the Pleasant Valley School District. The commission will provide for planning, development, operation, maintenance and programming for the West End Regional Park.
The Commission shall be three (3) representatives appointed by each participating municipality and one (1) representative appointed by the Pleasant Valley School District. It employs an Executive Director and assists the park and recreation boards of all West End communities.
This initiative represents an innovative, long-term effort by these public bodies to jointly fund and support the development and operation of parks that will host activities from across the region. “Working together” enables the municipalities to provide more recreational opportunities, preserve land and improve the quality of life of our residents.
West End Regional Park is a 244-acre natural area located in the northeastern quarter of the West End Region in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. The purchase of the park site and initiation of the master plan was undertaken as a cooperative effort of Chestnuthill, Eldred, Polk, and Ross Townships. The four Township s formed the West End Parks and Open Space Commission, and participated in the creation of the West End Open Space and Recreation Plan in 2002. The Open Space and Recreation Plan recommend developing the 244 acre tract on Merwine-Hilltop Road in Chestnuthill Township as a central multi-use recreation facility. The Chestnuthill Board of Supervisors initiated this planning project in cooperation with Eldred, Polk, Ross Townships, and the Pleasant Valley School District to develop a Master Plan to create a vision for West End Regional Park. Throughout the park planning process Polk and Eldred Townships deferred decisions to Chestnuthill and Ross Townships and did not participate.
Regional Trail Map
(includes single track multi use trails)
Want to hike, run, bike or walk in the great outdoors? You can do it all at the West End Regional Park, 578 Evergreen Hollow Rd-Brodheadsville. If you haven’t been to the park recently, you’ll be pleased to see that there are new additions there: exercise stations along the Fleetwood Trail, benches have been added along the field trail and several miles of single track trails have been added to the existing three miles of double track trails. There’s a trail suitable for everyone!
Download trail map
West End Regional Park is open to Public Hunting
Chestnuthill Township and WEPOSC allows Hunting and Trapping in select areas of the Regional Park in cooperation with the PA. Game Commission.
A SAFETY ZONE has been established around the improved Fleetwood Trail along Evergreen Hollow Road. Blaze Orange should be worn when visiting the park during hunting seasons.
NO Motorized Vehicles
NO Camping or Campfires
NO Littering-Please remove all trash
NO Taking of Plants or other Materials
NO Cutting of Trails
NO Damage to property of any kind
BioBlitz 2016: summary
What is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is designed to be part contest, part festival, part educational event and part scientific endeavor that will bring together scientists from Monroe County, Academia, the Monroe County Conservation District, and the public, in a race against time to count the species of plants and animals that live on a predetermined natural area. This 24 hour snapshot of the flora and fauna on a given piece of property provides insight into the properties overall biological diversity and the species of concern if any on that property. The Conservation District working in cooperation with different local and regional agencies and funding provided by the Kettle Creek Environmental Fund hold a BioBlitz every two years in June.
2016 BioBlitz Results
The Monroe County Conservation District partnered with the West End Park and Open Space Commission in sponsoring our sixth BioBlitz, funded by the Kettle Creek Environmental Fund, which was held on June 17-18, 2016 at the West End Regional Park in Chestnuthill Township.Friday, June 17 and ended 24 hours later, Saturday, June 18, at 3pm. Teams of scientists and helpers sampled the fauna and flora of the entire property in a methodical count of what lives there. The public assisted by accompanying the teams in the field and by observing and helping to count and sort a variety of species at the BioBlitz headquarters. Kids of all ages had the opportunity to observe and learn about how scientists do their jobs in the lab and the field.
This year’s results are in:
Become a Financial Supporter of West End Regional Park
Help ensure the enduring legacy and natural beauty of “Your Community Park”. We believe a clean, safe and active public park is essential to a healthy, thriving community and we need your support to develop the West End Regional Park.
WEPOSC receives minimal public funds to maintain and grow its 244 acres. Our ability to care and develop the park is dependent on individuals like you.
There are many ways to help. Join us as a financial supporter, and you can be part of the West End Regional Park that residents will appreciate for generations to come.
West End Regional Dog Park: plans
Welcome to the West End Regional Dog Park
OPEN FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET
USE AT YOUR OWN RISK: Owners/Handlers are responsible and liable for their actions and behavior of their dogs at all times. West End Park and Open Space Commission and Chestnuthill Township will not be held liable for any injury or damage caused by any dog or to any person within the park.
IF A DOG BECOMES AGGRESSIVE: It must be removed from the park immediately. Dogs known to be aggressive or exhibiting threatening behavior may not enter the off-leash area.
WEPOSC and/or Chestnuthill Township reserves the right to:
Close the facility for any circumstance deemed necessary.
Restrict entry to the facility, suspend, and/or ask dog handlers to leave the facility if any rules are not followed: RULES
Help Build YOUR Leash-Free Dog Park! HELP US!
Fence Sponsorship: sponsorship form
GoFundMe! benefits YOUR Future Dog Park at the West End Regional Park: donate
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Besides joining as a Friend of WEPOSC you can always make a financial contribution. Any and all donations are gladly accepted.
At any given time a Capital Project is in the works. Email email@example.com to inquire about a capital gift or to earmark your donation to a specific project.
Donors have given a variety of gifts within the park. You can sponsor a park bench, tree, interpretive signs on display. The best way to discover the perfect gift is by taking a tour of the park.
Tributes and Memorials
There is no better way to honor a loved one than a donation to the West End Regional Park. Beneficiaries of donations will be acknowledged on a plaque at the park. The donations contribute to the daily operation of the park or as a park bench or tree sponsorship.
Many employers offer matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employee. If your company has a matching policy, request a matching gift form. Your charitable impact may be doubled or even tripled.
There is more than one way to secure the future of the West End Regional Park. Because it’s not always practical or possible to make an immediate cash donation, WEPOSC accepts all types of gifts, both present and future. There are even certain advantages to a planned gift.
Every year, the financial world becomes more specialized and complex. Fortunately, you can convert would-be taxes into philanthropic donations to the West End Regional Park. With as many ways to give, there is sure to be one that works for you Bequest in your will Revocable Living Trust Gift of Securities Gift of Personal Property Gift of Retirement Assets If you have questions about any of the ways to support WEPOSC, please contact Bernie Kozen at 570-992-9733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.