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Posted on: October 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] The Beauty of Marlyn Park


Maryln Park is just one of seven “scenic” or “passive” parks tucked away in the residential streets of Lansdowne, where you’ll find a focus on trees and streams, a home for wildlife, grassy sloping space, a blank canvas for recreation and exploring. Marlyn shines in the autumn with its changing leaves on Oak and Maple. On most days you’ll find yourself alone or with just a couple other park goers. You are likely to see a neighbor walking a dog; perhaps a family playing a game of ‘Pooh Sticks,’ which entails tossing twigs in the stream and seeing whose comes out ahead; or a picnic spread on a hill. You can keep an eye out for birds, squirrels, or some local foxes with dens nearby.

Two streams meet in this park and then run into the Darby Creek: Falls Run and Avery Run.

image006Most recently, some trees have come down over the Falls Run and along the path at the main entrance that required professional removal. There have also been issues with poison ivy and invasive plants getting a foothold and crowding out more beneficial plants. The Parks & Rec Board is exploring options for ridding the park of these, including the possibility of hiring a herd of goats to eat away much of the unwanted vegetation.

In 2010, a master site plan for park preservation and stabilization was developed by Thomas Campbell & Co. with funding by Lansdowne Borough and a grant from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  This plan contains lots of park details and recommendations for many future possibilities: take a look at the PDF document here to learn more about Marlyn Park!

Park Facts

Location: Entrance on Willowbrook Ave at W Stratford Ave

Access: Sidewalks with curb cuts adjacent to park. Street parking. No bike racks. No paved sidewalks within park.

Public Transport: The nearest bus stop is Septa 109 – Baltimore & Windermere Aves; the park is about 0.6 miles walk away

Size: 3 acres

Hours: Open from 8 a.m. to dusk.

Other Things to Know: Dogs should be on a leash at all times. Please take care of one another: maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) and wear a mask when around others, even outside.

Join in celebrating Marlyn or any of Lansdowne’s many scenic parks this autumn - Play the Family "I Spy" game and submit your poetry!


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