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HavaGood Times Haverford Township Department of Parks & Recreation

Winter 2018

Subtitle 1Ago 20 Years

“Merry Place transformed how we, as a community, saw ourselves. That effort Subtitle 20 years ago made us realize how much we can2achieve by working together and that each one of us has intrinsic value.� (See page 3)

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Community Corner Parks and Recreation

Tim Denny Brian Barrett Eileen Mottola Larry Woods Kirsten Taylor Jesse Hart Matt Duffus Jason O’Brien Jack DiNardo Jackie O’Doherty Jamie McCloskey


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

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

Park Board

Jeannette Reinhart Ron O’Connor Rich Caroto Dave McArdle Bill Gormley Maria Pardini Michelle Alvare The Park Board meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm.

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.

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.*

@Haverford Twp Recreation We’ve Moved!

Table of Contents

Merry Place 20 Years Ago............................3 CREC Drop In Fitness.....................................4 CREC Rentals..................................................5 CREC Health and Wellness....................... 6/7 Nature Series..................................................8 Trails News.......................................................9 Youth Programs................................... 10/11 Sports Clinics & Leagues...........................12 Spring Break Programs..............................13 Adults...........................................................14 Day Trips & Tickets.....................................15 Park News......................................................16 Think Green...................................................17 Summer Preview..........................................18 Registration Info.........................................19

The Administration of the Parks and Recreation Department moved from 599 Glendale Rd. to the new municipal complex at 1014 Darby Rd. We invite you to stop by. The phone number (610-446-9397) and email contacts remains the same.

On November 19, township officials dedicated the Environmental Lab at the CREC in honor of Jan Marie Rushforth

The HavaGood Times is published in January, May and September. All costs are covered by user fees and the support of our sponsors.

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Merry Place A Legacy of Love

A Community That Cares Merry Place was named for Merry Tropp, a beloved Recreation Leader and HHS coach. Merry Place was dedicated in 1998; the result of the efforts of hundreds of community volunteers. Supporters raised more than $250,000 in contributions over 5 years and transformed the old sewer facility on Glendale Rd. into a place for people of all ages and abilities to connect to nature and to each other. Merry Place is a local treasure, nationally recognized for its Universal Design. In addition to the accessible train station, playground, sand box, gazebo, fishing pier, tree house, hills and canyon, there are sand volleyball courts, the Darby Creek Trail and the new sculpted skate park.

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Fitness @ the CREC The CREC Fitness Center was designed to give you the health benefits of nature and the outdoors in a comfortable, welcoming setting. Away from the traffic, noise and stress you can strengthen and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. Fitness Center & Walking Track Hours Mon-Fri: 7am-8pm Saturday 8am-2pm

*Walking Track is free to Haverford Township Residents

Basketball Courts

Shoot around by yourself or with friends. A great way to stay fit, work on your game or teach your child. Times: 7am - 6pm Monday - Friday.* Times may change. Check website for updates:

Residents - $5 Non-residents - $7 Discount passes available: 10 passes $40 $50 Resident Non-resident 20 passes $60 $75 Resident Non-resident 30 passes $75 $90 Resident Non-resident No Membership Fees, No Annual Fees.


Beginning January 1, 2018, the non-resident rate for Drop-in use of the CREC Gym and Fitness Center passes will increase. This increase is the first in 5 years. You must show your ID to get the resident rate.

*Discount Special* 3 months unlimited use $63 - resident $75 -nonresident


Mon-Fri 9am-12pm Residents $3 - 10 passes $25 Non-residents $5 - 10 passes $35

Calling All Fitness Instructors:

The CREC is now hiring certified Instructors for Barre and Silver Sneakers. Please contact Jackie O’Doherty at

What People Are Saying...

I am pleasantly surprised that Haverford Township provides such a comprehensive fitness service to the community. -Peter C. The fitness center at the CREC is beautiful. I love seeing the change of seasons through the floor-to-ceiling windows! -Mary N. For Fitness information go to the or call 484-380-2730

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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 opportunties, visit Contact Eileen Mottola at for more information.

Silver Sneakers at the CREC

Sunday, April 15th at the CREC 10am - 6pm For more information, visit:

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Silver Sneakers is a Medicare funded fitness initiative for adults 65 and over. Silver Sneakers free membership at the CREC includes: Access to the fitness Center Access to the indoor walking track Access to Drop-in Basketball and Pickleball Access to Silver Sneakers programs

If you are 65 or older, please contact the CREC to learn more about eligibility at: 484-380-2730

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Health & Wellness @ the CREC Spin

Indoor Cycling at its BEST! A great cardio workout with climbs, squats, hovers, runs and other fun, challenging drills. If you are new to Spin – the instructor will help you adjust your bike so it’s just right for you! Fee: $70/session Time: Thursday Eve: 6-6:50 pm 2 Sessions: 1/18 – 2/22, 3/8 – 4/12 Time: Friday: 6-7am 2 Sessions: 1/19 - 2/23, 3/9 - 4/20 (No class 3/30) Time: Saturday: 6:15-7:15am or 7:30-8:30am 2 Sessions: 1/20 – 2/24, 3/10 – 4/14 Instructors: Sandy McGuire and MaryAnn Rahman

Spin, Core & More

A total body workout for fitness enthusiasts! 40 mins of cycle, followed by 20 mins of core work, and then a full-body stretch. Sure to elevate your fitness level! Time: Tuesday: 6-7 am 2 Sessions: 1/16 – 2/20, 3/6 – 4/10 Fee: $70/session Instructor: Sandy McGuire

T’ai Chi Chih®

Balance and breathe with these calm movements that build inner strength, vitality, and mental clarity. Daytime and evening classes available. Time: Wed 11:30am – 12:30pm 2 Sessions: 1/17 – 2/21, 3/7- 4/11 Time: Thursday 7pm – 8pm 2 Sessions: 1/18 – 2/22, 3/8 – 4/12 Instructor: Bruce Lee Fee: $65/session



Pilates mat exercises develop core strength, endurance, and alignment while improving coordination & balance. All fitness levels welcome to this non-impact class. Instructor: Alicia Papson Fee: $70/session Time: Tues 9-10am 2 Sessions: 1/16 – 2/20, 3/6 – 4/10 Time: Wed 7-8 pm 2 Sessions: 1/17 – 2/21, 3/7- 4/11

Hatha Yoga

Breathe, stretch, align, relax… Great class for beginners. This class is so popular that we’ve opened an additional class. Instructor: Beth Ann Rush Two classes on Tuesday evenings to choose from: Time: Tues 6-7pm or 7-8pm 2 Sessions: 1/16 – 2/20, 3/6 – 4/10 Fee: $70/session

All-Levels Vinyasa Yoga

Barre Fitness

Workout based on the exercises that dancers do to sculpt the lower body and arms while developing confident body posture. Instructor: Deb Saldana Time: Mon 6-7pm 2 Sessions: 1/22 -3/5, 3/19 – 4/23 (No class on 2/19) Time: Fri 9-10am 2 Sessions: 1/19 – 2/23, 3/9 – 4/20 (No class on 3/30) Fee: $70/session

Yoga class with flowing poses to strengthen and detoxify the body. Whether you’re beginner, intermediate or advanced, this class is ideal for your Saturday morning. Time: Sat 8:45-9:45am 2 Sessions: 1/20 – 2/24, 3/10 – 4/14 Fee: $70/session Instructor: Sharon Smith

*New* Six Weeks to Well-Being

Learn how to naturally increase your well-being and decrease your stress with the principles of Innate Health. This dynamic lecture and discussion is led by our Fitness Coordinator, Jackie O’Doherty. Time: Wed 7-8pm Dates: 2/21-3/28 Location: CREC Fee: $55/session

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For Active Older Adults (AOA) Guided Strength Workouts

All the benefits of personal training with a group of like-minded people, improving health, fitness, strength, agility and endurance. Our Fitness Coordinator helps you design a program tailored to your abilities and goals, and is available to answer questions, teach proper form, and offer suggestions. Warm-up, workout, and cool-down included. Meets 2x/week. Instructor: Jackie O’Doherty Time: Tues and Thurs Fee: $55/session 9-9:50am Ages 50+ or 10-10:50am All Ages 2 Sessions: 1/23 – 2/22, 2/27 - 3 /29

Jackie provides the most thorough fitness program I’ve ever experienced. My fitness level has improved in every aspect: strength, agility, weight loss, endurance, and flexibility. -Georgia V. Beginner Cycle & Stretch

An indoor cycling class specifically tailored to active older adults. Lower intensity and lots of options give you a safe cardio workout. There’s a chair next to each bike to rest anytime. 20 minutes of cycling followed by 20 minutes of strengthening and stretching. Time: Wed 9- 9:45am Fee: $65/session 2 Sessions: 1/17 – 2/21, 3/7- 4/11 Instructor: Sandi Kirschner

*New* AOA Dance Party

A fun dance fitness class with easy-to-follow steps. Feel exhilarated and revived with upbeat music...and moves that will increase your cardiovascular endurance and keep you light on your feet! Time: Thurs 10 – 11am Instructor: Nakita Henderson 2 Sessions: 1/18 to 2/22, 3/8 to 4/12 Fee: $65/session

Zumba Gold

The dance fitness class for seniors! Based on movements of the original Zumba class, at a lower intensity with dance routines designed for Active Older Adults. Experience the joy of moving. Instructor: Elizabeth Luff Time: Tues 10:10-11am Fee: $65/session 2 Sessions: 1/16 – 2/20, 3/6 – 4/10

Balance and Agility

Put a spring in your step! This class will help you move better, increase your stability, and be more confident. Fun and dynamic exercises with slower movements at the end of class to help you feel calm and centered. Instructor: Jackie O’Doherty Time: Thurs 11:30am - 12:20pm 2 Sessions: 1/18 to 2/22, 3/1 to 4/5 Fee: $65/session

Silver Sneakers Classic

Exercises designed to increase strength, range of movement, and activities for daily living. There are 3 classes each week to choose from. Instructor: Beth Ann Rush Time: Mon 10:15-11:05am 2 Sessions: 1/29 -3/12, 3/19 – 4/23 - No class 2/19 Time: Wed: 10:15-11:05am 2 Sessions: 1/17 – 2/21, 3/7- 4/11 Time: Fri: 10:15-11:05am 2 Sessions: 1/19 – 2/23, 3/9 – 4/20 (No class 3/30) Fee: $65/session Free for Silver Sneakers Eligible Participants –Register to reserve your place.

*New* Silver Sneakers Yoga For Arthritis

A chair yoga class specifically designed for those with arthritis to help you decrease pain, relieve stiffness, and improve your mobility. Time: Wednesday 4:30-5:20 2 Sessions: 1/17 – 2/21, 3/7- 4/11 Fee: $65/session Instructor: Mary Pat Hartline FREE for Silver Sneakers Members

Silver Sneakers Yoga

This class offers a variety of stretching exercises in seated and standing positions. Yoga positions are designed with participants’ needs in mind and are easy to perform. Instructor: Beth Ann Rush Time: Mon, Thurs 9-9:50am 2 Sessions: 1/29 -3/15, 3/26 – 5/3 No class on 2/19 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 Identification

Saturday, January 13 (9am-2pm) 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.

Houseplants Workshop

Sunday, January 21 (2-3:30pm) Registration encouraged but walk-ins welcome. Studies by NASA have shown that plants can reduce the levels of some common indoor pollutants. Join Master Gardener Joe Daniels as he teaches us how to choose plants, consider lighting and how to monitor pests.

Preparing Your Garden For Spring

Sunday, March 18 (2-3:30pm) Registration encouraged but walk-ins welcome. All your gardening questions will be answered as you get ready for spring. We will determine how to select a site, basic maintenance and cleanup, amending the soil and what to plant when.

The Magic of Birds Part 2

Sunday, April 8 (9:30-11am) Registration encouraged but walk-ins welcome. Back by popular demand, Ben Labovitz, the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Havertown, will expand on his bird talk. Are you interested in knowing more about the nature living around your own home? Ben will describe the basics of backyard bird feeding, including types of food and feeders, and descriptions of the birds we’re most likely to see here in this region, and more.

Spring Peeper Walk

Saturday, April 14 (4:30-6:30 pm) Meet in CREC lobby Be a spring peeper and find all the new growth within the Haverford Reserve. Wetland Ecologist, Derron LaBrake will lead this walk and talk and hopefully we will be able to hear the many sounds of the spring peeper frog.

Vegetable Garden

Sunday, April 22 (2-3:30pm) Registration encouraged but walk-ins welcome. Start a vegetable garden! The flavor and texture of homegrown veggies are better than any grocery store. Learn what to plant and how to tend for the best harvest.

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

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Trail News Grace Trail Dedication

On Sunday, November 5, township officials dedicated the Grace Trail which completes the 10 year plan of the trail system at Haverford Reserve. It is the first public easement on private land in township history and connects the trails to Darby Rd.

Trails Summit

Sat., 2/10 (9am-noon) Location: CREC 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 Townships are encouraged to attend. Sponsored by Haverford Twp. Parks and Recreation Dept, Haverford Walks and Bikes and Friends of Haverford Trails.

Scout Saturday

Sat., 1/27 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.

Tim Denny thanks Terry and Grace Cooke

Walkers gather to dedicate the Grace Trail at Haverford Reserve

Cobbs Creek Nature Walk

Sat., 3/17 (10am-noon) Enjoy a nature walk on the Heritage Trail through historic Powder Mill Valley to discover reawakening flowers, trees and wildlife. Meet at the bottom of the Beechwood-Brookline Station on Karakung Drive. Includes 3-4 miles of easy walking and one hilly narrow section. Dress appropriately.

Darby Creek Trail Study

On December 4, Township officials and consultants presented the findings of the 2-year study into the challenges and feasibility of completing the 100 year vision of the Darby Creek Trail. For a copy of the report, go to:

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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. Ages: 2-3 w/parents Dates: 1/27-3/3 Time: 10am-10:50am (Sat) Fee: $65 Location: CREC


Get creative making fun arts and crafts projects based on a new story each week. Ages: 4-6 Dates: 1/27-3/3 Time: 11am-11:50am (Sat) Location: CREC Fee: $65

Small Fry Soccer

Small Fry Small Fry is an instructor-led parent/child participation class that walks 3-4 year old boys and girls through the first fundamental steps of soccer through fun games and activities. Ages: 3-4 with parent Fee: $65 Time: 10-10:50am (Sat) Dates: 1/27 - 3/3 Location: CREC Dates: 4/7 - 5/12 Location: Grasslyn Field

Blossom Club

Blossom Club is a Kindergarten Readiness Group developed and led by a licensed Occupational Therapist. This program provides opportunities for children to develop and refine skills necessary for them to be successful in Kindergarten. The objectives are to help the child to function better physically, emotionally, and academically and to improve the way the brain processes and organizes input from his/her environment. Ages: 4-5 Dates: 1/29-3/12 or 4/9-5/14 Time: 4:30-5:15pm (Mon) Fee: $165 (6 wks) Location: CREC

Little Explorers Preschool Registration for Fall 2018 will begin in person in February

This recreation preschool provides a warm and inviting atmosphere where children can be curious, active, and creative. We’ll explore the trails and outdoors at Haverford Reserve. Includes indoor and outdoor play, circle activities, stories, and social skill building. Ages: 3-5 Time: 9-12:30pm (includes lunch time) For more information visit our website at: To schedule a tour email


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 Fee: $65 Time: 11-11:50am (Sat) Dates: 1/27 - 3/3 Location: CREC

Sports for Me

This program combines a fun-filled introduction to different sports through age-appropriate games and activities such as basketball, soccer, and baseball. Ages: 4-5 Location: CREC Fee: $65 Dates:1/27 - 3/3 Time: 10:10-11am (Sat)


This Kindergarten Enrichment program provides individual group opportunities for creative and imaginative play. The CREC and outdoor amenities of Haverford Reserve provide many opportunities for socialization, environmental education, exploration and exercise. The goal of this program is to help the children “grow” physically, emotionally, socially, and academically. Ages: Kindergarten Location: CREC Time: 12-2:30pm (Tu, W, Th) Fee: Check website for details Dates: 1/9-2/15; 2/20-3/22; 4/3-5/3

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Cooking Classes with Kitchen Wizards

Little chefs will prepare and eat tasty recipes.

Mangia, Mangia!

Crepe Manicotti and sauce, salad with homemade Italian dressing, and Italian “S” cookies for dessert. Ages: 8-12 Date: February 16th Time: 6:30-8:30pm Fee: $45 Location: CREC

Make a Meal of Snacks

Jazz and Hip Hop

Dance like your favorite pop stars! In this high-energy, age-appropriate class, kids will learn fun hip-hop moves and combinations set to their favorite music. This class will teach your child a fusion of hip-hop, jazz, and creative movement. The class is open to both boys and girls. Ages: 4-6 Time: 10-10:50am (Sat) Ages: 7-9 Time: 11-11:50am (Sat) Dates: 1/27-3/3 or 3/17-4/21 Fee: $65 for 6 wks Instructor: Katie Brown Location: CREC

Art with Steve

We’ll prepare a variety of sweet and savory snacks, enough that kids can make a meal of it. Ages: 5-9 Date: March 10th Time: 10am-12pm Fee: $45 Location: CREC

Tennis Tykes

Suzanne Barr teaches the basics of tennis in a fun setting close to home. She covers proper grip, footwork and ball striking. Instructor: Suzanne Barr Ages: 4-6 Fee: $70 Thursday - Dates: 4/5-5/10 Time: 6-6:50pm Location: Merry Place Saturday - Dates: 4/7-5/12 Time: 10-10:50am Location: Grasslyn

An interactive format will power your child’s imagination as we interpret shapes, color and proportion through drawing. Class fills quickly! Instructor: Steve Mogck Fee: $105 Ages: 5-8 Time: 10-10:50am (Sat) Ages: 9-12 Time: 11-11:50am (Sat) Dates: 1/27-3/3 or 3/17-4/21 Location: CREC

Drivers Ed

Classroom instruction that provides the knowledge to pass your permit test and help you feel safe behind the wheel. May also qualify you for discounts on insurance. Ages: 15-18 Dates: 2/3-4/28 (Sat) Fee: $120 Time: 9am-12pm Location: Haverford High Rm. 126

Kids Night Out

Parents, are you looking to get the kids out of the house? Have them join us for games in the gym, gaga ball, crafts, face painting, music, tournaments, themed nights and movies at the Haverford Reserve. Pizza is included. Ages: 6-12 Dates: 1/12, 2/9, 3/2 (Friday) Time: 6-9pm Fee: $16 Location: CREC

Tennis Lessons

Kids of all skill levels can improve their stroke during this clinic that puts the fun in fundamentals. Ages: 7-9 Location: Grasslyn Field Fee: $70 Time: 11-11:50am Dates: 4/7-5/12 (Sat.)

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 adv. Ages: 10-17 Dates: 4/7-5/12 (Sat.) Fee: $110 Time: 12:15-2pm Location: Paddock Tennis Courts

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Sports Clinics & Leagues Little Dribblers

Young hoopsters will develop basketball skills through age-appropriate games, drills, and activities. Ages: 5-6 Location: CREC Fee: $65 Times: 11:10-12pm (Sat) Dates: 1/27-3/3

79ers Hoops Clinic

79ers Clinic goes beyond the basics of passing, shooting, and dribbling and introduces rebounding, offense, and defense in an age-appropriate setting. Location: CREC Fee: $65 Ages: 7-9 Times: 12-12:50pm Dates: 2/10- 3/17 (Sat)

Spring Soccer

With its fun and imaginative games and activities, our program will help kids develop soccer, coordination, and listening skills in a supportive, motivating, and positive environment. Location: Grasslyn Time: 11-11:50am Age: 4 Ages: 5-6 Time: 12-12:50pm Dates: 4/7-5/12 (Sat.) Fee: $65

Floor Hockey Clinic

We combine skill development with game action. Fun for kids of all skill levels. *Mouth guard required. Ages: 6-8 Dates: 2/10-3/17 (Sat) Times: 12:10-1pm Location: CREC Fee: $65

3 on 3 Tournament Powered by The Academy of Hoops

Register a team of up to four players or as a free agent for this one day co-ed 3 on 3 round robin tournament directed by Alvin Williams, former Villanova star. Ages: 12-15 Date: 4/29 (Sun) Location: CREC Time: 12-3pm Team fee: $50 Individual fee: $20

Hoops from the Heart

Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 15th. 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: 9-12pm (drop off begins at 8:30am) Fee: $30 (food donations welcome)

Indoor Field Hockey Clinic

This clinic provides skill instruction and intramural league play for both beginners and developing players. Ages: Grades 5-7 Location: CREC Time: 4:30-5:30pm Dates: 2/13-3/20 (Tues) Fee: $65

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 mouthguard. Grade 2: Times: 9-10:15am (Sat) Fee: $70 Grades 3 & 4: Times: 9-10:30am (Sat) Fee: $95 Times: 5:30-6:45pm (Fri) Location: Haverford Reserve Dates: 3/17-5/12

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: 2/17 or 3/3 Time: 10-12pm (Sat) Fee: $25

Golf Clinic

Learn to drive like Dustin, putt like Spieth, and chip like Phil during this 4-week clinic. First three will be on the range and the last session will be on the course. Location: Paxon Hollow Golf Course Ages: 7-11 Dates: 4/21-5/12 (Sat) Time: 12-1pm Fee: $115


The Recreation department is teaming 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 grouped by age and ability level and be paired with a coach or parent. For more information check out our website. Ages: 8-12 Location CREC Fee: $150. Directed by Steve Cloran Founder of Mission 5 & 2 and Certified in Special Ed Time: 10-11:30am Dates 3/24-4/14

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After School Programs Chess Club

Shining Knights Chess provides game instruction and match play to future chess aces. Class time will be spent learning game strategies and practicing them. Ages: 6-12 Location: CREC Time: 5:30-6:30pm Fee: $125 Dates: 2/7 – 3/28 (8 wks – Wednesdays)

LEGO Club - Winter Fun Theme

LEGO Bricks are used to introduce your child to the world of science, technology, and engineering! Each week is a different concept and Lego Model. Ages: 5-9 Location: CREC Fee: $125 Time: 5:30-6:30pm Dates: 2/8-3/15 (Thurs) Instructor: Brickz 4 Kids

Nature Club *New*

Experience the fun and excitement the Spring brings to the Haverford Reserve. Each week we will spend time on a different theme including bugs and water. We will play games, walk the trails, and do crafts. Ages: 6-8 Location: CREC Fee: $95 Time: 4:30-6pm Dates: 3/7-4/18 (Wed)

Spring Break 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 Location: CREC Fee: $55/day or $200/4 days Dates: 3/26, 3/27, 3/28, 3/29 (M-Th)


Ages: 6-12 Date: Tuesday, March 27th Location: Drop off at the CREC 10:00am; Pick up at the CREC 12:30pm Fee: $18

Day at the Movies

Ages: 6-12 Time: TBA (Call the CREC for details) Date: Wednesday, March 28th Fee: $18

Little Chefs Beginning Cooking

Children learn to make kid-friendly favorites from scratch. Includes eating the meal we create together, chef’s hat, apron, certificate of completion and recipe booklet. Ages: 5-9 Location: CREC Fee: $160 Time: 9am-12pm Dates: 3/26, 3/27 & 3/28

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. Dates: 3/263/29 Location: Haverford Reserve Ages: 5-6 Time: 9-11am Fee: $85 Ages: 7-15 Time: 9-12:30pm Fee: $135

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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 12/30-2/3, 2/10-3/17 and 3/24-4/28 Fee: $40 Residents and $45 non residents Over 45 Basketball: Basketball for mature players. Time: 7-8:30pm (Wed) Dates: 1/3-5/16 Fee: $5

Men’s Basketball League

Competitive league plays on Monday and Thursday evenings. Games will begin in mid-late March and conclude in early May. Team fee: $700 For more info, contact or visit

Rec at the CREC

An opportunity for young adults with disabilities to participate in recreation and social experiences with peers. Activities will include modified sports, group games, exercise classes, and table-top activities. Come meet the staff at our open house on 3/24 at Noon (RSVP to Ages: 16-30 Dates: 3/31-5/5 Times: 12-1:30pm Location: CREC Fee: $150

Adult Tennis Lessons

Stroke clinic for all skill levels covering the Fundamentals of forehand, backhand, and footwork. Ages: 18+ Location: Merry Place Fee: $95 Time: 7-8:30pm Dates: 4/5-5/10 (Thurs.)

Throwback to the 70s

Do you remember way back when crepes and fondue were popular? We’ll prepare 2 types of savory crepes, 1 sweet crepe, cheese fondue, and chocolate fondue in this one-night class. Time: 6:30-9pm Location: CREC Date: February 21st (Wed) Fee: $45/per person

Using an Instapot

We’ll whip up some great recipes in an Instapot. If you bought one or received one as a gift, you will be happy to learn how quick and easy meals are with this handy gadget. Time: 6:30-9pm Location: CREC Date: March 20th (Tues) Fee: $45/per person

Retirement Planning today

This course is an easy-to-understand education on life and retirement planning strategies. This is an information only session, no specific investment advice will be given. Two sessions to choose from Location CREC Instructor Greg Crothers CFP, CLU Time: 6-9pm on Thursdays 2/8 & 2/15 or Tuesdays 2/13 & 2/20 Fee: $49

Rejuvenate your Retirement

Get the financial knowledge that will help you maximize your retirement income. Identify primary threats to retirement savings and learn how to allocate your assets to minimize risk and use tax laws to your advantage. Two sessions to choose from. Location: CREC Time: 1-3pm (Tues) Dates: 3/27 - 4/3 Time: 10 – 12pm (Thurs) Dates: 3/22 - 3/29 Instructor: Ryan Leib Fee: $39

Canasta Classes

Learn the game of canasta to enjoy with friends. We will learn the fundamentals and strategy of the modern American version of the game. Time 9:30-11:30am (Thurs) Location CREC Dates: 3/22-4/26 Fee: $70 Instructor: Judy Leib

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. Ages: 18+ Location: Paxon Hollow Golf Club Dates: 4/26-5/17 (Thursday) Fee: $110 Women’s – Time: 6-7pm Men’s – Time: 7-8pm

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. Instructor: Angelo Mattei Time: 7-9pm (Mon) (no class 2/19) Dates: 2/5-3/5 Location: CREC Fee: $79

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Day Trips & Tickets Wicked on Broadway

Join our NYC bus trip to see a Broadway show! ‘Wicked’ is the untold musical story of The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Date: March 21 (Wed), Time: Bus leaves Glendale Park at 7:30am and returns at approximately 7:30pm. Fee: $169

New York on Your Own

Take a bite out of the Big Apple! You and your family or friends can choose to take in a show, a museum, shop on 5th Avenue or visit Central Park over spring break. Date: March 28 (Wed), Time: Bus leaves Glendale Park at 7:30am and returns at approximately 7:30pm Fee $59

Havertown Hoops at the Sixers

Buy your ticket from us for the January 20th Sixers vs. the Milwaukee Bucks game and meet your friends there! The fee includes your game ticket, a 76ers drawstring bag, and an opportunity to watch the Sixers pregame warm up - you must provide your own transportation. You will be contacted in January about picking up your tickets for the game and any other relevant information. Saturday, January 20 Ticket Fee: $45 Register now at

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

Blue Big Boulder/ Jack Frost Mountain



$41/$29 adult/child








$26/$31 (BB only)


$51/$39 Holiday


Shawnee Elk Mountain Mountain $53






Tubing, 3 hr

Wknd/ Holiday

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Merry Place...A Place For All Merry Place is an area designed and built by volunteer contributions for people of all ages and abilities, especially families of children with special needs.

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

Picnic Pavilions

The following parks have picnic pavilions that can be reserved by Haverford Township Residents: Coopertown; Grange; Merwood; Paddock; Hilltop; Veterans; Westgate Email Eileen Mottola at to check availability. To reserve, please complete a field permit application from our website.

The new Skate Park is now open

Park News In June, Tim Denny, Director of Parks and Recreation, presented a comprehensive plan to the Board of Commissioners, recommending upgrading the 34 parks in the township including; field re-grading, pathways, fencing, court surfaces, lights, playgrounds, benches, trash cans and tables. This would be a generational investment in our parks. The commissioners will vote on a bond sometime in 2018 on the amount of funding allocated. Dogs in Parks –The Park Board recommended to the Board of Commissioners an adjustment to the current ordinance which DOES NOT ALLOW Dogs in Parks. The board will vote sometime in 2018. Park Permits – Any group of 15 or more must have a permit to use a township facility.

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

FREE This DCVA Rain Garden Workshop, made possible by a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant, will teach you how to build and maintain a Rain Garden and how to help build rain gardens in your community. Later, gain hands- on- experience by helping build our spring rain gardens. Registration required at

Earth Day Activities Sat., 4/21 (9am-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.

Jan Marie Rushforth Lab Dedication

The Environmental Lab at the CREC was dedicated in memory of Jan Marie Rushforth. Jan Marie was a passionate environmentalist who was instrumental in preserving the 125 acres of open space at Haverford Reserve. She also served as Chairman of the township’s Environmental Action Committee and as President of the Darby Creek Valley Association.

DCVA Annual Meeting 2/24 (9am-Noon) The public is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Darby Creek Valley Association held at the CREC. For the past 34 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.

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Summer Preview HavaGood Times

The Summer edition of the HavaGood Times will be mailed to all Haverford Township homeowners April 23. Check out the Times for information about our Weekend Nature Series, Sports Leagues and Fitness classes. Summer Registration: Check out our website for online registration starting Sunday April 30.

Adult Co-ed Softball League

For the second 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. Team fee: $900 *Sponsor recommended Email by 4/20 to register.

Full Day Summer Camp

Haverford Recreation offers a full day program (8am-6pm) for ages 6-12. The program begins Monday, June 25 and continues through August 10. Information on times and fees will be available on our website in early March. Registration opens March 12.

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 April 2.

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 February for an application. Group Interviews will be conducted in late February, March, and April. Please submit applications to Kirsten Taylor at

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:

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Online Registration System Use the registration system to:

*Register yourself or family members for programs.

*View additional program information not featured in the brochure. *Gain easy access to your family’s program schedules. *Better communicate through text alerts and email. *Make payments to your account. *View your payment history and previous registration information.

Register for Winter/Spring classes beginning January 2, 2018 *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 www.haverfordtownship. com/parks b. Click the “Online Registration” button. c. Click the “Create Account” button or “My Account” if you have an account already d. Fill out your information. e. Save your information and add the next family member until each member of the family has an account. 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. 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.

We’re here to help! For any questions on activities, program locations, registration or creating an account...

Call the Rec Department at 610-446-9397

CREC Holidays

The CREC will be closed: MLK Day (Jan. 15) President’s Day (Feb 19) Good Friday, (March 30)

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The Havagood Times is a publication of the Haverford Township Recreation Department (Havertown, PA). It is published in January, May and Se...