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Fall 2020 Newsletter

Despite local and global concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been a wonderful year in the Park! The Kennett Area Park Authority Board of Directors continues to work diligently, making sure the Park offers plenty of safe outdoor space where residents and visitors can enjoy leisurely recreation along with a sense of community and belonging. We are now preparing our annual fall appeal and would like to thank you in advance for considering monetary support of the park, especially at this time. Each dollar counts, and we sincerely appreciate donations of any amount.

Highlights from 2020

With funding provided by the Borough of Kennett Square and Kennett Township, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the PA Department of Environmental Protection, work began in March on a stream restoration in the Park. This water quality project is a partnership between the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance and the Kennett Area Park Authority. Already, portions of the East Branch of the Red Clay Creek, and a tributary have been restored. Stream restoration addresses sediment, nitrogen and phosphorous pollution in the creek, and helps reduce erosion. It can also save trees along the creek bed by helping to stabilize eroding stream banks and connect the stream to its flood plains. This, in turn, improves fish and aquatic habitats. Several trees have already been saved. The work is ongoing.

New Wayfinder signs have been installed at various locations throughout the park. Have you seen them?

Thank you for keeping our wildlife safe and tangle-free by using the new receptacles in the Park to recycle used fishing line. Dawn Thomforde, a local resident and wildlife advocate, brought the mono-filament reel-in & recycle program to our attention, and she helped install several of the units, which are conveniently located in several places around the ponds.

Thanks to a generous grant from the E. Kneale Dockstader Foundation, enhancements to the area surrounding the Community Garden were made to help improve runoff and alleviate flooding issues. Looking Forward

The Annual Trout Rodeo in the Park, which was cancelled this past spring due to COVID-19, is being planned for Saturday, May 1, 2021. Mark your calendars for an event that is sure to be bigger and better than ever!

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the FREE Summer Concert Series kicks off with a performance by Tony Vacca from 7 – 9pm. We hope you will join us!


  • The Park is open from sunrise to sunset, every day.
  • Reservations are currently not available for the Pavilions or the Stage.
  • For the safety of our staff, park visitors, and the greater community, the restrooms are currently closed.
  • There are portable toilets located next to the main parking lot, and also by the soccer fields.
  • Visitors to the park are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer, wear a mask, and maintain proper social distance (at least 6 feet) at all times.
  • Please be mindful of those around you.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in the park.
  • When using the dog park, please keep your pets leashed while entering and exiting.
  • Please clean up after your pet. Dog waste bags have been provided for your convenience.

Community engagement is important. To contact the Kennett Area Park Authority about an idea or with a concern, please email us:

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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!
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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.