Activities and Facilities

Dog Park

The new dog park at Anson B. Nixon Park was opening in the Fall of 2018.  The dog park is nearly 2 acres and boasts separate sections for small and large dogs. There is a staging section before entering either of the spaces.  The park also provides offers a human and pet water fountain drinking system, multiple benches, and dogipot clean up stations.  Please be reminded that all dogs much be leashed walking to and from the dog park area and may be taken off leash once in the staging area and prepared to enter their respected section. The new dog park is located in the southwest quadrant of the park, in relatively close proximity to residential neighborhoods that visit the park in Kennett Square Borough. Existing paths will connect the new dog park to these neighborhoods. The dog park is accessible from the interior of the park via existing trails. The new dog park has been designed and constructed using best management practices. Part of the dog park will be in an areas that has existing trees, which will be retained so as to offer shaded areas in hot months for pets and their owners. The dog park area is gently sloping toward one of Anson B. Nixon Park’s streams. A bioswale will be constructed at the low end of the dog park, between the dog park and the stream. The bioswale will allow surface run-off to infiltration to infiltrate through the soil and be cleansed of any contaminants. The Kennett Area Park Authority is proud of its sustainability and eco-friendly design.  We hope you and your furry friends enjoy the dog park at Anson B. Nixon Park!  

Community Garden

In 2017 the Community Garden was relocated to a new area with much easier access to the gardens. Look for the new garden plots at the back end of the lower parking lot. The mission of the Kennett Community Garden is to create a garden that will involve people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and generations. Easily accessible to the community, gardeners produce nutritious organic food, develop friendships and relationships, create opportunities for recreation and exercise, and generate community pride. Thank you to the Community Garden for donating over 900 pounds of produce to the Kennett Food Cupboard in 2017! The 3′ x 10′ raised beds, including handicapped accessible, are available on a first come, first served basis. Participating gardeners must supply planting materials including seeds, plants, organic fertilizer and herbicides, and tools. The gardeners share communal responsibilities. For further information, please leave a message at 610-444-1416 or email

Performances and Seasonal Programs

Please join us at the Park with fun activities for everyone… families, seniors, teens, etc. Join us for the Red Clay Valley Clean Up Day in the Park in March, The Trout Rodeo in May, our free 8 week summer concert series starting in June, sky tours, and more! Please see our Event Calendar for the latest schedule.

Picnic Pavilions

Five picnic pavilions with wooden picnic tables accommodating 50-75 people are available and may be reserved for private functions. An ideal location for a reunion or gathering, many of the pavilions have charcoal barbecue grills as well as water and electricity. Click here for the Standard Pavilion & Athletic Reservation Request Form 2019 to reserve a pavilion for your next event up to 70 people, or email for more information.


The park boasts three separate and unique playground areas.  The playgrounds are all different and offer opportunities to climb, swing, and spin and slide.  Check out the three different playground areas at the Anson B. Nixon Park to decide which is right for you.


The Park has two ponds, both stocked annually during the Trout Rodeo held the first Saturday in May. A fishing dock with wheel chair access is located at the edge of the pond. A Pennsylvania Fishing License is required for ages 16 and over.


The Park has approximately three miles of walking trails with sections adopted by local partners. A map of the trails can be found in the kiosks located in the parking lot or by clicking here.