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Smedley Park: Easy access for exercise and fun

A tree-lined walking path from parking area to walking bridge.
A tree-lined walking path from parking area to walking bridge.
Kathy Martin (www.kathyamartin.com)

Smedley Park is so very accessible for exercise options or just walking the dog, in a most naturally beautiful setting. Just off the Blue Route and Baltimore Pike, or by trolley, this quiet respite sits well settled under the road supports that carry us here and there, and offers acres of year-round outdoor recreation for all ages.

Multi-purpose recreation variety

Established more than fifty years ago and named for the founder of Delaware County’s Park and Recreation Board, Samuel L. Smedley, Smedley Park spreads over 120 acres. Recent improvements have raised its outdoor recreation value to please all types of nature enthusiasts, exercise junkies, dog walkers, runners, and children of all ages. Numerous multi-purpose trails, inviting walking bridges, as well as, baseball and soccer playing fields are ready for plenty of outdoor recreation options. There are a variety of playground options to satisfy little tots to high energy kids of all ages. The acres are laid out across a mature woodland setting that balances its simple beauty with serene streams and shaded picnic groves for year-round enjoyment. Whether you prefer a quiet walk or mountain biking, there are plenty of trails to please. Additionally, Smedley Park houses the Environmental Center and the Lewis House which are headquarters of Penn State’s Cooperative Extension of Delaware County. This center provides seasonal educational programs in agriculture, horticulture for the 4-H Club and Master Gardeners’ program.

Beautiful and serene, yes, but perhaps the most amazing feature of Smedley Park is that all of these peaceful acres sit just below the busy Media to Upper Darby Trolley, Baltimore Pike and the Blue Route. Such easy access also suggests it is so very simple to not notice its vast offering and drive by. But don’t. The variety of playgrounds and trails are perfect for all ages to enjoy, and there’s plenty of space and fresh air to claim. Go for the serenity, to exercise, to take the dog and/or kids, and plan to visit often. It’s just the place to let the woodland sounds replace that of our busy lives, if just for a short while.