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A recent acquisition to Berks County, it is a beautiful park for recreation and enjoying nature. \nURLS:\n
The park, once owned by the Hunsickers, was part of a CCC project and has been a part of citizen's lives in Longswamp Township. The 49 acre park has a beautiful walk around the man-made pond, fishing, pavillion, and areas for recreation.
The park is part of the history of Longswamp Township, as part of the area's early industry of mining, and then used as a private park and now as a public gathering place- a beautiful piece of nature that is used recreationally by its citizens. The area surrounding the park is somewhat rural so the park can only be accessed by automobile or bicycle. The small drive into the park leads the eye from the road to cornfields to the grand view of the pond, which is surrounded by trees, which are very colorful in the fall.
The gradual natural drive up to the pond is very calming and adds to the visitor's first visit. It is rather safe, as the park has a caretaker who opens and closes the park in the morning and evening. The park is well maintained and parking is relegated to a parking lot away from the pond and recreational areas.
The park is not used to its full potential because it is maintained by the County's Parks and Recreation Dept. which is located in the county seat, somewhat far from the park's location. Only the locals know of the park's existence. Visitors can fish, play volleyball, walk, or set up their own activities. The park has a large amount of land near the pavillion which can be used for several activities. The visitors range from age from children to seniors and are mixed but men are the majority due to the fishing. The area is also used for large groups for gatherings and has been used for that purpose as long as it has been a park, private or public. The majority of land is wooded and there are two large cornfields as the visitor enters the park. This land is largely unused but the rest of the park is used which has the walk, pond, and recreational areas.
The scenery of the place and being in nature, lends its visitors to be joyous and happy. People generally come in groups but there are some lone fisherman in the park. It is mostly visited by locals who are proud of the park because of the great memories they have experienced here for all generations.
The park was owned by the Hunsicker family who used it for their own but also rented it out for large parties, i.e. family reunions and local company picnics (local Deka company). The park was then sold to the County of Berks County Parks and Recreation Dept. as a public park and is now open to all. It should be recognized as a great space for its history, scenery, and contribution to the community. It is not utilized as much as it should be.
*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.