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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!
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Who Was Mr. Anson Nixon?

Mr.  Anson B. Nixon was a longtime Kennett Square resident and a Township Supervisor for many years.  In additional to Township Supervisor he was also the Chairman of the Regional Landfill Authority (precursor to Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority or SECCRA)  as well as the Chairman of Hercules, Inc.,  a chemical company located in Wilmington, De. and since dissolved.  The landfill which has been closed since 1978  is now home to the Tino Lito Soccer fields.  Mr. Nixon’s dream became a reality when on June 12, 1993 Anson B. Nixon Park was open for use for simple, passive recreation.


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Say Hello to Our New Logo …


Back in 2017 we surveyed the park community as to what maks the Anson B. Nixon Park so special and the top elements that came up most was Trails/Fitness, Ponds, Trees, and Pavilions/Stage. Notice how each of the four elements are incorporated into the logo:
  • TREES – Forest, preservation, habitat for wildlife, nature
  • BLUE – Represents the Ponds and fishing
  • BROWN SWOOSH – Represents the trails for exercising and to enjoy the tranquil natural environment
  • PAVILION/STAGE – This is the core of the park, a place to come together for community entertainment and and engagement
We hope you enjoy the new look at much as we do. Look for new signage and marketing to incorporate the new logo in the future. Located on North Walnut Street, just off State Street, Anson B. Nixon Park is a hidden gem nestled just north of charming downtown Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Comprised of 106 acres, the Park was carved out of the historic woodlands of the late 18th through early 20th century Chambers estate. This natural setting includes two ponds, meandering streams, woodlands including a beech grove with specimens dating back over 250 years, and three miles of walking trails. Anson B. Nixon Park has many exciting events including the Trout Rodeo, the Kennett Run, disc golf tournaments, and a summer concert series. Other events open to the public include the Kennett Run, Rock the Park Fundraiser and Sky Tours. The park is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.