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HavaGood Times Haverford Township Department of Parks & Recreation

Winter 2020

Every Sunset is an Opportunity to Reset - Richie Norton



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Community Corner Parks and Recreation Brian Barrett Eileen Mottola Larry Woods Kirsten Taylor Jesse Hart Matt Duffus Jason O’Brien Jack DiNardo Jackie O’Doherty Jamie McCloskey

Director Facilities Coordinator Operations Supervisor Program Coordinator Program Coordinator Outdoor Reserve Supv. Park Maintenance Rentals Supervisor Fitness Coordinator Administrative Assistant


Park Board

1st - Steven D’Emilio 2nd - Mario Oliva 3rd - Kevin McCloskey 4th - Dan Siegel 5th - Andy Lewis 6th - Larry Holmes 7th - Conor Quinn 8th - Gerry Hart 9th - Bill Wechsler Dave Burman - Twp. Mgr.

Lynnanne St. Denis Rich Caroto Dave McArdle Bill Gormley Maria Pardini Michelle Alvare Nicole Maclean Joe Heller

Life. Be In It. *People of all abilities are welcome in our programs. With your help we will do all we can to meet your needs.*

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The Park Board meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm.

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Mission Our mission is to make living in Haverford Township more enjoyable and healthier for you, your family and friends by providing top quality recreation programs, facilities and service.



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16 Commissioners Larry Holmes and Andy Lewis present retiring Parks and Recreation Director Tim Denny with a plaque commemorating the naming of the CREC Gym after Denny. Photo by Joel Perlish

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Capital Improvement Plan The $2.5 Million capital campaign that the Board of Commissioners approved began in 2019. The funding delivered much needed upgrades to parks throughout the Township. These upgrades are significant investments in our parks and are very popular with the residents. The following projects were completed in 2019. • Tennis courts resurfaced and new fencing at Paddock (4), Westgate (2), and Coopertown (1) • Pickle ball courts installed at Westgate (4) • New Playground equipment installed at Chatham Glen, Grasslyn and Llanerch Park

• Football field regraded and seeded, backstop replaced at Veterans Field • Parking areas paved at Hilltop Park • Pathways resurfaced at Chatham Glen, Bailey, Coopertown, Hilltop, Paddock, Grange, Merwood • Sidewalks replaced at Grange, Westgate, Thompson Nature Park, Chatham Glen, Elwell, Coopertown, Bailey, Hilltop, Paddock, Llanerch Park, Richland Farms, Normandy Park Projects planned for 2020 include: • Replacing the turf at Haverford Reserve • Replacing surfacing at Freedom Playground • Replacing lighting at Veterans Field and Haverford Reserve • Resurface basketball court at Merwood Park


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CREC Drop-in Information Fitness Center & Walking Track Monday-Friday: 7am-8pm Saturday: 8am-2pm

*Walking Track is free to Haverford Twp. Residents

Fitness at the CREC

Residents: $5 Non-residents - $7 Discount passes available: 10 passes 20 passes 30 passes

$40 Resident $60 Resident $75 Resident

$50 Non-resident $75 Non-resident $90 Non-resident

*Discount Special* 3 months unlimited use

$63 - Resident $75 - Non-resident

Pickleball Fees

Monday-Friday 9am-12pm Residents: $4/pass or 10 passes $30 Non-residents: $5/pass or 10 passes $35

Basketball Courts

Shoot around by yourself or with friends. A great way to stay fit, work on your game or teach your child. Times: 12pm - 6pm Monday - Friday

Times may change. Check website for updates:

Silver Sneakers at the CREC Silver Sneakers is a fitness initiative included in some Medicare Advantage Plans and some supplemental Medicare packages (Medi-Gap). The Silver Sneakers free membership at the CREC includes: - Access to the fitness center - Access to the indoor walking track - Access to Drop-in Basketball & Pickleball - Access to Silver Sneakers group fitness classes (See pg. 7) If you are 65 or older, please contact your insurance provider to learn more about eligibility.

Haverford Township Blood Drive Date: Monday, January 6 (2-7pm) Time: 1-6pm Location: CREC, 9000 Parkview Dr., Haverford, PA 19041

To schedule an appointment (preferred), register at Sponsor code: CREC

Welcome the new Parks & Recreation Director, Brian Barrett. He brings his considerable experience, enthusiasm and energy to this new position. We are excited to look ahead. .org

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Meetings @ the CREC

Haverford Twp. Community Recreation & Environmental Center • Preferred pricing for Haverford Township residents/businesses • Easy access to I-476 • State of the art A/V technology • Green-friendly, LEED certified facility • Friendly support staff • Flexible rooms and break-out space • Rentals everyday of the week • Outdoor deck overlooking Reserve • Catering kitchen To reserve a space at the CREC or to view a video about rental opportunities, visit Contact Eileen Mottola at for more information.

What People Are Saying...

“You have been great!!! I heard through word of mouth that you all are wonderful and by golly they were right!!” - Karen Falcone Photo by Joel Perlish

Parks and Recreation staff pictured here with Director Tim Denny at his retirement party. Denny retired in October after 39 years leading the Parks and Recreation Department.



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CREC Fitness

Expanded class descriptions are available online (Click “Register for Activties”). See our website for our weekly fitness schedule. Barre Fitness

Tighten, tone, and sculpt with this non-impact fitness class. Time: Monday 6-7pm 3 Sessions: 12/30-2/10, 2/24-3/30, 4/6-5/11 Time: Friday 9-10am 3 Sessions: 1/10-2/14, 2/21-3/27, 4/3-5/15 Instructor: Deb Saldana Fee: $70/6-wk session

*Take any 2 fitness classes in the same session and get $15 off the second class

T’ai Chi Chih®

An easy-to-learn mindfulness moving meditation that circulates and balances the Chi, which is the basis of Chinese Health Philosophy. Time: Wednesday 11:30am-12:30pm 3 Sessions: 12/18-2/5, 2/12-3/18, 3/25-4/29 Time: Thursday 7-8pm 4 Sessions: 1/2-2/6, 2/13-3/19, 3/26-4/30, 5/7-6/11 Instructor: Bruce Lee Fee: $70/6 wk-session


Mat exercises to develop core strength, endurance, and proper alignment. All fitness levels welcome. Time: Tuesday 9-10am 3 Sessions: 1/14-2/18, 2/25-3/31, 4/7-5/12 Time: Wednesday 7-8pm 3 Sessions: 1/15 -2/19, 2/26-4/1, 4/8-5/13 Instructor: Alicia Papson Fee: $70/6-wk session


Dance Fitness with a Latin flare! Instructor Michael D’Ulisse will have you dancing and smiling with his easy-to-follow choreography and a playlist that makes you wanna MOVE! Time: Monday 7:15-8:15pm 3 Sessions: 1/6-2/24, 3/2-4/6, 4/13-5/18 Instructor: Michael D’Ulisse Fee: $70/6-wk session

Cuban Dance Fitness

Come Rhumba, Mambo and Salsa to beautiful music with smooth moves that make you sweat! Our instructor Lizette has created this class from authentic Cuban dance culture in a fitness format for you to enjoy! Time: Saturday 8:45-9:35am 3 Sessions: 1/4-2/8, 2/22-3/28, 4/11-5/16 Instructor: Lizette Senatore Fee: $70/6-wk session


Intense, calorie-blasting, non-impact cardio workout. Time: Tuesday 6-7am 3 Sessions: 1/21-2/25, 3/3-4/7, 4/14-5/19 Time: Friday 6-7am 3 Sessions: 1/10-2/14, 2/21-3/27, 4/3-5/15 Time: Saturday 7:30-8:30am 3 Sessions: 12/28-2/1, 2/8-3/14, 3/21-4/25 Instructor: Sandy McGuire Fee: $70/6-wk session

Hatha Yoga

Breathe, stretch, align, relax...Great class for beginners. Two classes on Tuesday evening to choose from: Time: Tuesday 6-6:55pm or 7:05-8pm 3 Sessions: 1/14-2/18, 2/25-3/31, 4/7-5/12 Intructor: Beth Ann Rush Fee: $70/6-wk session

Vinyasa Yoga

Move and breathe with flowing poses to strengthen, open, and energize the body. All levels welcome. Time: Wednesday 6-6:55pm 3 Sessions: 1/15-2/19, 2/26-4/1, 4/8-5/13 Instructor: Hilary Campbell Fee: $70/6-wk session

To register online go to .org

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CREC Fitness For Active Older Adults (AOA) Guided Strength Workouts

All the benefits of personal training with a group of like-minded people. Meets twice a week for 5 wks. Time: Tuesday and Thursday 9-9:50am Ages 50+ or 10-10:50am All Ages Fee: $55/ 5-wk session 2 Sessions: 1/14–2/13, 3/3–4/2 Instructor: Jackie O’Doherty

“I have been to several gyms and fitness centers in my life. The CREC is by far the best. Great equipment, relaxed environment, and I feel at home every time”. - Frank M., Havertown

*All Silver Sneakers fitness classes are FREE to Silver Sneakers members. Silver Sneakers Senior Circuit

Beginner Cycle & Stretch

20 minutes of cycling followed by 20 minutes of seated and standing stretches. Time: Monday 12:30-1:15pm 3 Sessions: 1/13-3/2, 3/9-4/13, 4/20-6/1 Time: Wednesday 9-9:45am 3 Sessions: 1/15–2/19, 2/26-4/1, 4/8-5/13 Instructor: Sandi Kirschner Fee: $65/6-wk session

AOA Dance Party

A fun dance-fitness class with upbeat music and easy-to-follow moves. Time: Thursday 10-10:45am 4 Sessions: 1/2-2/6, 2/13-3/19, 3/26-4/30, 5/7-6/11 Instructor: Nakia Henderson Fee: $65/6-wk session

Zumba Gold

The dance fitness class for seniors! Time: Tuesday 10:10-11am 3 Sessions: 1/7-2/11, 2/18-3/24, 3/31-5/5 Instructor: Elizabeth Luff Fee: $65/6-wk session

Balance & Agility

Dynamic balance and stability training. Time: Thursday 11:30am - 12:20pm 3 Sessions: 1/9-2/13, 2/20-3/26, 4/2-5/7 Instructor: Jackie O’Doherty Fee: $65/6 wk-session

No classes on: Jan 20, Feb 17, April 10, May 25

Exercises designed to increase strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Time: Tuesday 2-3 pm 3 Sessions: 1/7-2/11, 2/18-3/24, 3/31-5/5 Instructor: Nakia Henderson Fee: $65/session*

Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga For Arthritis

A chair yoga class specifically designed for those with Arthritis. Time: Thursday 4:30-5:20pm 3 Sessions: 1/16-2/13, 2/20-3/26, 4/2-5/7 Instructor: Mary Pat Hartline Fee: $65/session*

Silver Sneakers Yoga (Chair Yoga)

A variety of breathing and stretching exercises in seated and standing positions. Time: Monday, Friday 11:15am-12:05pm 3 Sessions: 1/6–3/6, 3/9–4/24, 4/27-6/12 Instructor: Beth Ann Rush Fee: $65/session*

Silver Sneakers Boom Mind

The best of Yoga and Pilates combined into one class. Time: Monday 4:30-5:20pm 3 Sessions: 12/30-2/10, 2/24-3/30, 4/6-5/11 Time: Wednesday 4:30-5:20pm 3 Sessions: 1/8-2/12, 2/19-3/25, 4/1-5/6 Instructor: Mary Pat Hartline Fee: $65/session*

If you have any questions about our fitness programs, please contact Jackie O’Doherty at 484-380-2730 or



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Nature Series

Unless noted, all events meet at the CREC Environmental Lab and are free of charge. Insect ID Saturday, January 25 (8am-3pm)

Understanding insects is a small step in understanding the world we live in. Join Alan Samel of DCVA, an Aquatic Ecologist and Entomologist, as he exposes some of the subtleties of the insects we live with.

Calling all Girl Scout Troop Leaders

Haverford Reserve is a great place to explore the outdoors close to home. Whether it’s providing your girls with their first experince in nature, preparing them for a future camping trip, working towards outdoor badge requirements, or furthering their understanding of the natural world, we can create a program to meet your needs. Betsy Motten, longtime Girl Scout Leader extraordinaire, will work with you to develop and lead the program. Fee: $5 per girl, minimum of $60 for 1.5 hours. An additional $20 for each 30 minutes added. Contact Eileen Mottola at to schedule a program.

The Magic Birds

Wednesday, February 12 (7-8:30pm)

Get Your Garden Ready for Spring Sunday, February 23 (2-4pm)

Spring will be here before you know it what should we do now to get our garden ready? Master Gardener Joe Daniels will walk you through these very easy steps to get a jump start on the season.

Volunteer Tuesdays March 3, April 7, May 5 (10am)

Help cleanup natural areas at Haverford Reserve. Join Restoration Specialist Peter Hickman in the CREC lobby - bring your prunners, gloves and dress for outdoor work.

Are you interested in knowing more about the nature living around your own home? Please join us as Ben Labovitz, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Havertown, describes the basics of backyard bird feeding, including types of food and feeders, descriptions of the birds we’re most likely to see in the region and more. Free event - please register at


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Trail News

CREC to Holm Trail Extension Trailblazing Hike Sat., 1/11 (9am-noon)

A great route from the CREC through the Haverford Reserve & Grace Trail, into Radnor. While it will eventually go to Ithan Valley Park, this will be a “working” hike to clear the Holm property easement and scope how to make it a great trail. Wear a good pair of sneakers or boots, gloves, and bring loper or small pruner. The walk will be 2-3 miles mostly flat, but be prepared for narrow, sloped or rocky trail segments. Meet at the CREC lobby.

8th Annual “Philadelphia Western Suburbs Trail Summit”

Sat., 2/1 (8:30am-11:30am) Location: CREC Trail advocates review progress, identify opportunities, and help Haverford and surrounding communities plan to build trail connections to improve walking and biking. Residents of Radnor, Lower Merion, Newtown, Marple, Springfield and Upper Darby are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by Haverford Twp. Parks and Recreation Dept, Haverford Walks and Bikes and Friends of Haverford Trails.

Scout Saturday

Sat., 2/1 (Noon-2pm)

All township Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, Daisies and their family and friends are invited to walk in the woods and enjoy free hot dogs and hot chocolate at the Meadow Campground at Haverford Reserve.

Wear appropriate footwear for hikes. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required.

Pennsy Trail

The extension of the Pennsy Trail across Manoa Road is slated to start in Fall 2020. A bridge will be constructed over Manoa Road and the trail will be extended to the end of Vernon Road by West Chester Pike. This trail allows residents from the Llanerch area to access the center of town. This will make pedestrian access to the Library, Middle School, Senior High and the YMCA much safer. The funding for the trail extension was provided by a grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.


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Youth Programs

Krafty Kids

Have a ball while making a mess! You and your child will have fun listening to a story, painting, gluing, and coloring as you do craft projects that encourage your child’s creativity. Instructor: Julien Denny Ages: 2-3 w/parent Dates: 2/1-3/14 (6wks) Time: 10-10:50am (Sat) Location: CREC Fee: $65


Get creative making fun arts and craft projects based on a new story each week. Instructor: Julien Denny Ages: 4-6 Dates: 2/1-3/14 (6wks) Fee: $65 Time: 11:10-12pm (Sat) Location: CREC


SPLAT classes focus on speech language, sensory play, social skills, art, science, and pre-literacy skills. Each week, new themes are explored, and strategies to expand speech and language are offered to parents. Children also have a chance to practice their social skills in a small, safe environment with the support of adults. Run by Ami Van Dine, M.S. CCC-SLP, a license & certified speech-language pathologist. Ages: 2-5 Location: CREC Fee: $235 Time: 10-11am (Sat) Dates:1/25-2/29 or 3/14-4/25


Small Fry Soccer

Small Fry is a parent/child participation clinic that introduces your child to the first fundamental skills of soccer. The curriculum focuses on fun and participation so your child leaves loving soccer. Ages: 3-4 w/ parent Fee: $70 Time: 10-10:50am (Sat) Dates: 2/1-3/7 Location: CREC Dates: 4/4-5/9 Location: Grasslyn Field


This clinic, perfect for you and your young star, will introduce dribbling, passing, and shooting through a combination of fun games and activities. Ages: 3-4 w/ parent Location: CREC Fee: $70 Time: 11-11:50am (Sat) Dates: 2/1-3/7

Sports 4 Me

This program combines a fun-filled introduction to different sports through age-appropriate games and activities including basketball, soccer, and baseball. Ages: 4-5 Location: CREC Fee: $70 Time: 11:10-12pm (Sat) Dates: 2/1-3/7

Blossom Club

Activities are structured to prepare kids for independent and group activities that require self-regulation, attention & focus, successful peer interactions, conversational skills, fine motor skills, and visual/ auditory processing. Classes are run by licensed and certified occupational therapist and speech-language pathologist Amy Peterson & Ami Van Dine. Ages: 4-7 Dates: 1/28-3/3 or 3/24-4/28 Fee: $250 Location: CREC Time: 4:30-5:15pm (Tues)

Little Explorers This recreation preschool aged program provides a warm and inviting atmosphere where children can be curious, active, and creative. Includes indoor and outdoor play, circle activities, stories and social skill building. Ages: 3-5 Time: 9-12:30pm For more information about registration, please visit our website: To schedule a tour email Kirsten Taylor at .org

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Babysitter Training

During these one-day courses, teens will learn the basics of babysitting and get an introduction to CPR/ First Aid. Our instruction includes child development, child care, and job-seeking skills. The program includes a certification to help you find your first job. Ages: 12-15 Time: 9am-2:30pm Location: CREC Dates: 2/15 (Sat) or 4/13 (Mon) Fee: $90

Mommy and Me Movement

Cooking Classes with Kitchen Wizards Fondue

Fondue is French for “melted�, but for Kitchen Wizards, it means FUN and TASTY! Kids will make cheese and chocolate fondue with lots of dippers. Ages: 9-13 Date: Friday, February 7 Time: 6-7:30pm Fee: $45 Location: CREC

We explore creativity through use of adaptable dance Desserts From Around the World movement and tactile work. Come exercise while Learn what people from other countries enjoy for dessert. bonding with your little one through toddler/mommy Ages: 8-12 Date: Saturday, March 21 cardio, stretching and scarf dancing. Time: 10am-12pm Fee: $45 Location: CREC Ages: 1-3 Time: 10-10:45am (Wed) Dates: 2/12-3/18 or 4/1-5/13 (6wks) Location: CREC Instructor: Katie Brown Fee: $60 Chess Club Shining Knights Chess provides game instruction and Jazz and Hip Hop match play to future chess aces. Class time will be Dance like your favorite pop stars! In this high spent learning game strategies and practicing them. energy class, kids will learn fun hip-hop moves and Ages: 6-12 Dates: 3/4-4/22 (8 wks) Fee: $132 combinations set to their favorite music. This class will Time: 5:30-6:30pm (Wed) Location: CREC teach your child a fusion of hip-hop, jazz, and creative movement. Instructor: Katie Brown Fee: $65 Kids Night Out Ages: 4-6 Time: 10-10:50am (Sat) Parents, are you looking to get the kids out of the Ages: 7-9 Time: 11-11:50am (Sat) house? Have them join us for games in the gym, gaga Dates: 2/1-3/7 or 3/21-5/2 Location: CREC ball, crafts, music, tournaments, themed nights and movies at the Haverford Reserve. Pizza is included. Drivers Education Course Register at the door. Classroom instruction that provides the knowledge to Ages: 6-12 Dates: 1/17, 2/21, 3/20 Fee: $16 pass your permit test and help you feel safe at the Time: 6-9pm Location: CREC wheel. Course may qualify you for discounts on insurance. Tennis Tykes Ages: 15-18 Location: HHS Rm. 126 Fee: $120 Suzanne Barr teaches the basics of tennis in a fun Time: 9am-12pm (Sat) Dates: 2/8-4/25 setting close to home. She covers proper grip and how to hit. Ages: 4-5 Fee: $70 Thursday Dates: 2/6-3/12 Time: 1-1:50pm Location: CREC Dates: 4/2-5/7 Time: 6-6:50pm Location: Elwell Saturday Dates: 4/4-5/9 Time: 9-9:50am Location: Grasslyn

Tennis Lessons

CSI Camp

Students will have the opportunity to assist in an investigation by looking at fingerprints, blood splatter, bullet trajectory, and more. A former law enforcement officer leads this program. Grades: 6-12 Location: CREC Fee: $100 Time: 9am-4pm Date: Saturday, April 4

Kids of all skill levels can improve their stroke during this fun, instructional clinic that teaches fundamentals. Ages: 6-9 Fee: $70 Dates: 2/1-3/7 (Sat) Time: 10:10-11am Location: CREC Dates: 4/4-5/9 Time:10-10:50am OR 11-11:50am Location: Grasslyn


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Youth Programs Exceptional Programs Champions

The Rec. Dept. teamed up with Mission 5 & 2 to offer a sports and recreation program for special needs children. The focus is on having fun, trying new activities, learning new skills, meeting new friends, and participating on a team. Participants will be paired up with a buddy. Ages: 8-12 Location: CREC Fee: $50 Time: 1-1:50pm (Sat) Dates: 3/14-4/25


Special Event

Easter Egg Hunt

Bring your family to the CREC for an Easter egg hunt. The event will include crafts, face painting, a moon bounce, an egg hunt and a visit by the bunny. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Date: Saturday, March 28 Time: 9:30-11:30am Location: Haverford Reserve Fee: $15/child (children under 2 are free)

Rec at the CREC

This unique program offers opportunities for young adults with disabilities to engage in recreational activities alongside peers. Participants will be paired with a buddy to take part in activities such as modified sports, group games, and free choice stations. Ages: 16+ Location: CREC Fee: $100 Time: 11:45am-12:35pm (Sat) Dates: 3/21-5/2

Spring Break

WCSS Spring Break Soccer Camp

Spend Spring break learning skills from World Class Soccer School, an organization that has been teaching soccer in Havertown for over 25 years. Location: Haverford Reserve Turf Dates: 4/6-4/9 (M-Th) Ages: 5-6 Time: 9-11am Fee: $50 Ages: 7-15 Time: 9am-12:30pm Fee: $85

Spring Break Nature Camp

Enjoy two days searching for bugs, exploring the trails, and investigating all the wonders of the Haverford Reserve. Campers will get to play with bug boxes, look for frogs, and search for signs of animal life. Ages: 6-8 Location: CREC Fee: $75 Time: 8:30am-12:30pm Dates: 4/6 & 4/7

Spring Break Camp

If you enjoyed the summer playground program then you’ll love this camp. We will play your favorite games, do arts & crafts, play gaga ball, explore the trails and go on two field trips. Please pack a lunch. Ages: 6-12 Time: 8:30am-3:00pm Fee: $55/day or $200 for all four days Dates: 4/6, 4/7, 4/8, 4/9 (M-Th) Location: CREC

Lincoln Financial Field

Take a look behind-the-scenes at the Xfinity Press Box, Club and Suite levels, Eagles’ Home Interview Room, Locker Room and Field. Ages: 6-12 Time: Please check website Date: Tuesday, April 7 Fee: $16


When the weather’s cold outside the action heats up indoors. Get out of the house and enjoy bowling with your friends at Wynnewood Bowling Lanes. Ages: 6-12 Time: Please check website Date: Thursday, April 9 Fee: $18


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Sports Clinics & Leagues Little Dribblers

One of our most popular programs, Little Dribblers introduces boys and girls to basketball skills through fun games, drills, and activities. Ages: 5-6 Location: CREC Fee: $70 Time: 12:10-1pm (Sat) Dates: 2/1-3/7

79ers Hoops Clinic

79ers goes beyond the basics of dribbling, passing, and shooting with fun drills and activities meant for players of all skill levels. Ages: 7-9 Location: CREC Fee: $70 Time: 1:10-2pm (Sat) Dates: 2/1- 3/7

Spring Soccer

Spring Soccer will help kids develop soccer skills, coordination, and listening skills in a supportive, motivating, and positive atmosphere with fun and imaginative games and activities. Location: Grasslyn Age: 4 Time: 11-11:50am Ages: 5-6 Time: 12-12:50pm Dates: 4/4-5/9 (Sat) Fee: $70

Floor Hockey Clinic

The combination of skill development and game action makes this clinic fun and instructional. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned-vet, this program is great for you. *Mouth guard required Ages: 6-8 Location: CREC Fee: $70 Time: 12-12:50pm (Sat) Dates: 2/1-3/7

Floor Hockey League

We will spend time learning technique, spacing, and playing fun games and then divide into teams to determine a champion. Ages: 8-11 Location: CREC Fee: $70 Time: 1-1:50pm (Sat) Dates: 2/1-3/7

Hoops from the Heart

When: Martin Luther King Day - Monday, January 20 The Rec. Department and Haverford College are teaming up for a basketball clinic. All proceeds will benefit needy families in Delaware County. Location: Gardner Athletic Ctr. @ Haverford College Age: 6-14 (boys and girls) Time: 9:30am-12pm (drop off begins at 9am) Fee: $30 (food donations welcome)

Indoor FIeld Hockey Clinic

This clinic provides skill instruction & game strategy for both beginners and developing players. Ages: Grades 5-7 Location: CREC Fee: $45 Time: 4:30-5:30pm (Tues) Dates: 3/3-3/31 (4 wks)

Girls Lacrosse Leagues

Grade 2: This program blends fun drills and games to help kids build their skill level and confidence. Grades 3 & 4: Comprehensive program that combines skill development, game strategy, and league play. Players provide stick, goggles, and mouth guard. Grade 2: Time: 9-10:15am (Sat) Fee: $70 Grades 3 & 4: Time: 9-10:30am (Sat) Fee: $95 Time: 5:30-6:45pm (Fri) Location: Haverford Reserve Dates: 3/28-5/16

Girls Lacrosse Clinic

Haverford High School coach Nancy McGoldrick and her team will host this clinic. The focus will be on stick skills. Location: Haverford High School Ages: Grades 3-8 Dates: Saturday, February 29 Time: 9am-12:30pm Fee: $35

Boys Lacrosse Clinic

HHS varsity coach, Greg Decina, hosts this clinic focused on stick skills and drills. Great for players of all skill levels. Players should bring a stick, helmet, mouth guard, and pads. Ages: 7-14 Location: HHS Gym Fee: $25 Date/time: Check our website (February/March)

Golf Clinic

Learn to drive like Dustin, putt like Spieth, and chip like Phil during this 5-session clinic. First four will be on the range and the last session will be on the course. Ages: 7-11 Time: 12-1pm (Sat) Dates: 4/18-5/9 Location: Paxon Hollow Golf Course Fee: $115

Jr. Tennis League

Improve your game with instruction and league play. We match players up with a partner of similar age and skill level. *Players should be intermediate to advanced. Ages: 9-16 Location: Paddock Fee: $110 Time: 12:15-2pm Dates: 4/4-5/9 (Sat)


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Basketball at the CREC

Saturday Basketball – Play competitive hoops at the best basketball facility in the area. Register online to hold your spot. Saturday 7:30-9:45am Dates: 2/1-3/7 & 3/14-4/18 Fee: $45 per 6 week session Over 45 Basketball: Drop in Basketball for mature player. You don’t stop playing because you are old, you get old because you stop playing. Time: 7-8:30pm (Wed) Dates: 1/8-4/29 Fee: $5

Adult Tennis Lessons

Stroke clinic for all skill levels covering the fundamentals of forehand, backhand, and footwork. Location: Elwell Fee: $95 Time: 7-8:30pm (Th) Dates: 4/2-5/7


Retirement Planning Today

In this course you’ll learn how to: manage investment risks, use new tax laws to your advantage, make informed decisions about your company retirement plan, and adjust your estate plan to function properly under the new laws. This course blends financial education with life planning to help you build wealth, align your money with your values, and achieve your retirement lifestyle goals. Couples may attend together for a single registration fee. This course includes a 224-page illustrated text book. Two sessions to choose from. Instructor: Greg Crothers CFP, CLU Time: 6-9pm on Wed. 2/19 & 2/26 or Thurs. 2/13 & 2/20 Fee: $49 Location CREC

Adult Basketball League

We offer separate leagues for men and women beginning in mid-March and finishing by Memorial Day. Teams will play 1-2 times per week. Check for more information about dates, times, and more. Team fee: $800

Adult Golf Lessons

Learn to hit the ball straighter and further. This clinic covers the fundamentals of swing, stance, chipping, and putting. First three sessions on the range and the last is on the course. Fee: $110 Ages: 18+ Location: Paxon Hollow Golf Club Men’s – Time: 5:30-6:30pm (Wed) Dates:4/22-5/13 Women’s – Time: 5:30-6:30pm (Th) Dates:4/23-5/14

Cooking Classes with Kitchen Wizards Fabulously Easy Desserts

Made-from-scratch desserts that have a “wow” factor and taste delicious. Time: 6-8:30pm Fee: $50 Location: CREC Date: Tuesday, February 11

Breakfast, Pastries & Spreads

Scones, homemade muffin mix made into one flavor of muffins, lemon curd, and clotted cream. Time: 6-8:30pm Fee: $50 Location: CREC Date: Tuesday, March 24

FREE Medicare Planning Seminar

During this seminar, you will learn; How Medicare works and what it covers. How Part D prescription cards work and how to pick the right one for you. The difference between Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage plans. RSVP online at Time: 6:30-8pm Location: CREC Date: Wednesday, March 18 Instructed by DelVal Senior Advisors

Women’s Self Defense Seminar

Defense from the inside out. We will cover the fundamentals of self-defense; physical, mental and emotional. You will learn how to avoid contact situations by observing environment, body language and listening to your intuition. We will also cover the most common grabs and how to escape them using your hands, knees, elbows and feet. Protect yourself by projecting power not vulnerability. Ages: 13 and up Location: CREC Fee: $59 Time: 1-3:30pm (Sun) Dates: March 8 or March 15 Instructor: Angelo Mattei (Black belt in Tae Kwon Do & Tang Soo Do) .org

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Day Trips & Tickets

Tickets will be available for sale in late December. Stop by the Parks & Recreation office in the Township building (1014 Darby Rd.) to purchase your ski tickets for Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Blue Mountain, Elk and Shawnee. Cash, check or credit cards accepted. Prices may change.

New York on Your Own Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times Take a bite out of the Big Apple! You and your family of the Temptations: Tony Award winning, Ain’t Too Proud follows The Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later. Date: Wed. April 8 Fee: $199 Time: Bus leaves Glendale Park/Merry Place 600 Glendale Rd. at 7:30am and returns at approximately 7:30pm.

or friends can choose to take in a show, a museum, shop on 5th Avenue or visit Central Park over spring break. Date: Wed April 8 Fee: $59 Time: Bus leaves Glendale Park/Merry Place 600 Glendale Rd. at 7:30am and returns at approximately 7:30pm.

Discounted Flower Show Tickets

And remember, we now offer discounted tickets to the Philadelphia Flower Show: Adults - $33 Young Friends (18-29) - $21 Children (5-17) - $16

For day trips, an itinerary will be emailed to the contact person for day trips 2 weeks prior to your trip.

Discount Ski Tickets to Area Resorts Enjoy significant savings by purchasing your tickets before you head to the slopes. Bear Creek Weekday








Wknd/ Holiday



Elk Blue Big Boulder/ Shawnee Jack Frost Mountain Mountain Mountain

$55/$43 adult/child



$39/$39 adult/child



$51/$51 adult/child



$33 $55/$43 adult/child


adult/child $76 (all age lift/rental) $84 (all age ski/sno bd)


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Pavilion Rentals

Picnic Pavilions

The following parks have picnic pavilions that can be reserved by Haverford Township Residents: Grange, Merwood, Paddock, Hilltop, Veterans, Westgate. Fee: $40 To rent a pavilion, please go to our website:

Merry Place Permit Policy

Merry Place is an ideal location for family, school, scout and church gatherings. In order to allow the greatest use by township residents, we limit time to 3 hour blocks and give township residents priority. For a permit and policy information please go to our website:

Looking Back

10 years ago township officials opened the Meadows Trail at Haverford Reserve.

The Recreation Staff at PSU for Annual PRPS Conference - time to meet, share, learn & network. .org

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Think Green DCVA Annual Meeting Sun., 3/1 (8am-3pm)

The public is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Darby Creek Valley Association held at the CREC. For the past 35 years DCVA, a non-profit volunteer organization, has worked to improve the quality of the Darby Creek and the surrounding watershed. DCVA coordinates the annual Darby Creek Clean-Up held at various locations in the 31 municipalities along the creek.

Renewable Energy & Environmental Expo Sat., 3/7 (11am-2pm)

Want to help tackle climate change or live more sustainably? Join State Representatives Mike Zabel and Greg Vitali, Penn Environment, and the Havertown EAC for this expo. You will have the chance to meet local renewable energy and energy efficiency providers; learn from neighbors who have bought renewable, installed solar, and drive electric; and hear from elected officials about how we can tackle climate change at the state and local level. Don’t miss it!

Rain Garden Workshop Sat., 3/21 (9am-Noon)

This workshop will teach you how to build and maintain a Rain Garden yourself and how to help build rain gardens in your community. You can sign up for later opportunities to gain hands-on experience by helping build our late spring rain gardens or apprenticing by assessing potential locations and designing rain gardens. Presented by Darby Creek Valley Association, Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative and Hav-a-Rain Garden who have designed and built more than 60 rain gardens in the region at parks, libraries and private properties. Advance registration required at:

School Field Trips

We would like to host your school group during the 2019-2020 school year at the Haverford Reserve; a site with 124 acres of open space, two first-order streams, four water retention basins and nativegrass meadow. We offer 1.5 hours of education tailored towards the STEAM requirements in addition to free time at Freedom Playground. We have curriculums for students in grades K-6 in topics ranging from water to animals to trees. Fee: $7/student For more information, contact

Earth Day Activities Sat., 4/25 (8am-Noon)

Join the EAC (Enviromental Action Committee) to celebrate Earth Day with nature themed activities for the kids, green vendors, plenty of food and much more! Check the website for more information.


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Summer Preview

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The Summer edition of the HavaGood Times will be mailed to Haverford Township homeowners April 20. Check out the Times for information about Summer Playgrounds and Preschool Camps, Weekend Nature Series, Sports Leagues and Fitness Classes. Summer Registration begins online starting Sunday April 26. Check out our website in April for more details.


Adult Co-ed Softball League

For the fourth straight year, Haverford Recreation offers a fun and competitive adult softball league. Games will be played M/W from mid-May through late-July at 6:45pm and/or 8:30pm. Team fee: $900 *we recommend finding a sponsor Email by 4/17 to register.

Full Day Summer Camp

Haverford Recreation offers a full day program (8am-6pm) for ages 6-12. The program begins Monday, June 29 and continues through August 14. Information on times and fees will be available on our website in early March. Registration opens online March 9 at 8am.

Summer Sports Camp

The Recreation Department offers summer sports for boys and girls in basketball, lacrosse, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and tennis and for girls in volleyball and field hockey. A full list of dates, times, and fees will be on our website in March and registration opens online March 30.

Summer Job Opportunities Park Maintenance Positions

We are accepting applications for individuals 18 and over to work seasonal park maintenance. Interviews will be in late February through early April. For details contact Jason O’Brien at:

Camp Counselors

We are looking for a few good men and women ages 16 and over to join our AllStar Summer Staff. If you have strong leadership skills and are enthusiastic, see the Recreation website in January for an application. Group interviews will be conducted in late February, March and April.Please submit applications to Kirsten Taylor at


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Online Registration System Registering for classes and programs is simple. Create or log onto your online account to view and register for upcoming programs. Use the registration system to:

*Register for yourself or family members for programs. *View additional program information not featured in the brochure. *Easy access to your family’s program schedules. *Better communication through text alerts and email.

Register for Winter/Spring classes beginning January 2, 2020 *Only Township Residents can register the first 10 days.*(Excludes fitness classes)

Creating and managing your account is simple. Below are a few steps to assist you. 1. How do I create an account? a. Go to our website b. Click the “Online Registration” button. We’re here to help! c. Click the “Create Account” button or For any questions on activties, “My Account” if you have an account already. program locations, registration or d. Fill out your information. creating an account... e. Save your information and add the next family member. 2. How do I register for activities? a. Log onto your account using Step 1 (a-c). b. Click “Activities” at the top of the page. c. Browse by activity name, ages or categories.

Call the Rec Department at 610-446-9397

3. What if I forgot my account information? a. Use Step 1 (a-c) to get to our registration page. b. If your password is incorrect or forgotten click “Forgotten”. c. Enter your email address. d. Your temporary password will be emailed to you. e. If you have any further questions please contact the office and we will be happy to help you at 610-446-9397.

CREC Holidays

The CREC will be closed: MLK Day - Monday, January 20 President’s Day - Monday, February 17 Good Friday - Friday, April 10



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