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Ash Grove Forestry Management Project

Contact:  Sheila Tekavec
(610) 444-1416, office

KAPA Plans Extensive Forestry Management Project in Ash Grove at Anson B. Nixon Park

In line with Chester County’s Climate Action Plan, the Kennett Area Park Authority (KAPA) will be preserving approximately 15 old growth ash trees and replanting 125 native species in the current ash grove adjacent to the disc golf course and the main vehicular entrance of Anson B. Nixon Park.

Efforts are necessary now because approximately 200 dead, diseased, and declining ash trees in this area of the park have fallen victim to the emerald ash boring beetle. The ash grove is also next to the sand volleyball courts, a portion of the running/walking trail, and an area where stream restoration for a tributary of the Red Clay Creek was recently completed.  As part of this project, which will improve approximately 2 acres in the park, invasive species will be removed, and brush control will be implemented.  These efforts will support the County’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect open space through naturally occurring environmental processes like carbon recapture, flood control and reduction of water run-off. Forestry management is part of KAPA’s mission for preservation an open, natural, and largely passive environment that lends itself to both tranquil and rigorous pursuits.

Work by Chadds Ford Tree Service is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 11th.  The Borough of Kennett Square and Kennett Township will both be lending support with equipment and labor.  Because the work area is near the vehicular entrance, trail, disc golf course, and volleyball courts, access to portions of the park may temporarily be blocked.  The main entrance may also be temporarily closed. Park visitors are asked to look for and heed cautionary signs and barricades while tree work is being completed.  Additional parking is available by the “Tino” Leto athletic fields at 413 N. Walnut Road.

This project is being funded by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Healing the Planet Grant Program with support from The GIANT Company.   Additional funds are generously being provided by the Chester County Parks + Preservation Partnership Grant Program. Anson B. Nixon Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.  For more information about KAPA and the park, and to learn how you can support operations in the park, please visit the park website. (610) 444-1416


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Water Works Buildings – Call for Proposals Notice

Interested Contractors –  RFP details to be available September 17, 2021, for the Anson B. Nixon Park Historic Water Works Buildings project. All proposal submissions are due by 4:30pm on Monday, November 8, 2021. The Kennett Area Park Authority (KAPA) has issued a Request for Proposals for Historic Water Works Buildings Schematic Architectural Design Services. The project is located in Anson B. Nixon Park, Chester County, Pennsylvania, owned and maintained by the Kennett Area Park Authority (KAPA). Work will include major engineering, architectural, and mechanical upgrades to three historic buildings, which formerly served as the Water Works facility in the Borough of Kennett Square. A mandatory site meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 2:00 PM at the project site in Anson B. Nixon Park. The last day for question submissions is 4:30pm on Monday, November 1, 2021. Please submit questions to Sheila Tekavec, All proposal submissions are due by 4:30pm on Monday, November 8, 2021. Proposals can be (1) mailed in advance to KAPA, PO Box 1121, Kennett Square, PA 19348 or (2) dropped off in person between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday at Borough Hall, The Borough of Kennett Square, 120 Marshall Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Please contact Sheila Tekavec, KAPA Office Manager, at with any additional questions.  Anson B Nixon Historic Water Works Bid Package  Water Works Conceptual Video  
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**PLEASE READ** Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 short-term actions – the park will remain open but:
  • We are not taking any reservations for now and have cancelled any existing reservations through March 30, 2020 
  • We have cancelled all scheduled gatherings until March 30 
  • Please continue to practice social distancing at the park (6 feet apart from each other is recommended)
  • Please do NOT let your children on the playgrounds at this time as the virus can linger on surfaces for days!
  Thank you, and we will see you on the trails!
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Red Clay Creek Stream Restoration Project Starting March 23, 2020

Anson B. Nixon Park A water quality project of the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance and the Kennett Area Park Authority to restore portions of the East Branch of the Red Clay Creek and a tributary. Stream restoration addresses sediment, nitrogen and phosphorous pollution in the creek by stabilizing eroding stream banks, connecting the stream to flood plains, reducing new erosion in the creek channel and improving fish and aquatic habitats.  For more information go to   Please excuse our temporary closing of trails and work area sites. For your safety, please stay out of fenced off work areas.   This project was financed in part by funding from:
  • PA Department of Environmental Protection, Growing Greener Watershed Protection Grant
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Kennett Township and the Borough of Kennett Square
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All Dogs Welcomed, Anson B. Nixon Park adds Dog Friendly Facilities

Anson B. Nixon - Dog Park, large breed gateThe new dog park at Anson B. Nixon Park  opened 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 provides a human and pet water fountain drinking system, multiple benches for sitting, and dogipot clean up stations.  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!