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Glen Providence Park: A mature sanctuary

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As the very first park in Delaware County, Glen Providence Park features the expected grand trees and much more as this steep hillside nestles along Media Borough’s State Street. Established primarily from land donated by George and Eleanor Butler in 1935, this park meets the initial desire as a sanctuary for birds, as well as, for a refuge for wildlife and people.

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Park and enter along the original stone wall of the 400 block of West State Street and be prepared for many green shades of natural beauty at the lower section of the hill in front of you. Likewise, you should also be prepared to return up that same abrupt hill on your return from your exploration of Glen Providence Park’s natural sanctuary. There are plenty of massive, grand trees to offer shade for your walk and a picnic grove for quiet reflection or a fresco meal. Stay to the right of the orange fenced improvements areas to walk across the bridge above the emerald stream. Here, the pond area is lively with its related wildlife and unique greenery. Take a moment to listen and watch as bull frogs sound off, turtles sunbathe and a variety of birds swoop and feed. Benches await your pause in choice locations as chipmunks and squirrels scurry without much regard of your presence. From here there are woodlands and trails to explore. The vision of the Butlers, nearly 80 years ago, is to be appreciated as they set aside this parcel for protection, shelter and the quiet sanctuary we all need from time to time.

There are improvement efforts underway of stream, pond and many new trees at Glen Providence Park. Yet this mature sanctuary has a rhythm to its natural beauty to be enjoyed whether you are there to hike, walk the dog or bird watch. Visit this park with appropriate shoes, camera, and time to appreciate Glen Providence Park, a park that has truly come of age, mellow and continuing to develop.

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