Washington Township, Erie County, Pensylvania

Inspiration Park

Just what is an inspiration? A trip to the Webster dictionary describes it as follows: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. All know when we are inspired and inspiration can be create some amazing results. Inspiration can come from the generosity of others as well. That is the case when Washington Township was gifted some 70 acres or land already adjacent to current park lands. The day it was announced these rolling fields and wooded terrain were going to be added to recreational amenities of the Township, everyone started to envision just what could be done to provide long-lasting outdoor fun for all to enjoy. Yes, we were inspired and that is how the name of this gorgeous piece of heaven came to be. Inspiration Park is situated just behind the Veteran’s Memorial Park and adjacent to Wainer Park at the rear portion of the Municipal Complex.

Take a walk around the paths that already exist and you will see lovely views of the woods, and a beautiful deep pond surrounded by fertile fields. Wildlife abounds in this area. Those of you that enjoy bird watching will be pleased to know that Bald Eagles have been seen in the park area. This park doesn’t allow hunting so you can feel comfortable visiting it any time of the year.

In the following year we hope to upgrade a roadway into the middle of the park and provide for an alternative exit onto Neyland Road as well. The establishment of a parking area near the pond and some removal of red brush will also be completed. Cross-country ski trails that are professionally groomed have already been added and we hope to see an area for sled riding too.

The long-term outlook is nothing but inspiration itself. This area has the potential to be a tremendous resource for those members of our community to be proud of, perhaps various fields for sporting events, walking/biking trails, and pavilions or maybe even an indoor event center. The sky is the limit and we hope that future generations will be able to continue the inspiration and see this park mature and blossom just like the wild flowers that grow on the property. Take your own inspirations to the park and let them fulfill you as you enjoy the great outdoors in Washington Township.

 

Wintertime Fun 

      

The Edinboro area is known as the “land of the living snowflake” and in keeping with the spirit of wintertime activities Washington Township is proud to announce that it has some awesome cross country skiing to offer those that enjoy this activity. Immediately behind the Administration Building is nearly 90 acres of groomed (yes, we said groomed) trails for you to explore and enjoy. Bring your equipment and park in the Veterans Park parking lot on the right as you enter, or travel further down Washington Drive and park at the gate to lower half of Wainer Park. To your right as you drive down the road you will see expansive areas for skiing along with wooded areas with some challenging terrain. After you have finished with your outdoor fun, stop into the Engine House 39 located on your left behind the Township DPW Garage and enjoy a great meal and beverage. This supports the Edinboro Fire Department and is a great place to meet with friends and enjoy the winter at beautiful Washington Township. Don’t tell us there is nothing to do in the winter here. Come on, strap on your skis and head out on a brisk day to enjoy what nature has to offer, then sit down and tell your friends about it over dinner and drinks. Remember, “Good Things are Happening is Washington Township”. Please tell your friends, all are welcome.

 

Washington Township Parks 

 

To celebrate Arbor Day in Washington Township, Andover Bank of Edinboro graciously donated a beautiful   new addition to Wainer Park. This tree will be part of the continuing improvements of this hidden gem in     Washington Township. We encourage you to visit the park and watch it GROW and THRIVE just like this       wonderful tree will do in gorgeous surroundings that this recreational area has to offer. Thank you to the     Andover Bank for thinking of all of us with this generous donation. 

 

 

 

 

Veterans Park Eagle Scout Project completed

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Check out this beautiful scene at the Veteran’s Memorial Park. This lasting tribute to our heroes in uniform has just been completed by soon to be Eagle Scout Blake Sweigart. Blake’s project took considerable time and effort to complete. His hard work combined with fund raising skills and a little help from the Township brought forth this patriotic addition to the Park. We are proud to have it displayed for all to enjoy. Please stop by and witness this firsthand and consider making a donation to continue to improve this unique tribute as it is the only Veteran’s Memorial Park in Erie County.

Ampitheater Ongoing Project

Amphitheater

Something new and exciting at the Wainer Park, check out the newly constructed outdoor amphitheater. Ready for summer concerts and recitals or even to exchange vows on that special day. Washington Township is pleased to showcase this new and unique addition to its park system. Council strives to offer a wonderful place to enjoy the great outdoors of our community in park environment. The amphitheater can be rented along with the many pavilions to accommodate your family or social functions. Get your band together and have summer fun night. Bring your generators and prepare to “Rock the Wainer” with lots of open-air fun in a beautiful setting. We have concrete table/benches for your comfort to enjoy a show and relax, or watch from the nearby pavilion under  cover with a nice barbecue to top off your days event. 

 

Let's Move Outside Program

The Facts

Let's Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. This is an ambitious goal. But it can be done. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future starting with their earliest months and years and continuing throughout their lives. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every community has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active.

 

Park Rentals

If you are having a graduation party, or an upcoming family reunion, think about renting one of the Township parks pavilions. For $50 per day plus $100 refundable security deposit, you are guaranteed use of a pavilion, rain or shine for a whole day. Your name will be posted on your choice of pavilions. Your party goers will be safe and have an enjoyable time. Please call the Township office for more information or to make a reservation. If you are having a large gathering, you are responsible for supplying at your cost portable toilets to accommodate the size of your party.

View the Park Rules and Regulations (PDF).


Hunting Safety in Township Parks

Please be aware that hunting is allowed in Washington Township Parks. Hunting is governed by the Game Commission, not by the Washington Township Code. Safety Zones are established by the State Game Commission must be maintained and are inforced by the PA State Police and the Game Commission. The discharge of firearms are illegal within certain distances of homes and playgrounds. For more information, please call the Game Commission at 877-877-0299 or the PA State Police at 814-898-1641.

Wainer Park

Unfortunately, Wainer Park experiences some vandalism, usually in the Spring and Fall. Because of this vandalism, Washington Township has had to take measures to protect its Park and investment. The Parks Department has installed a gate across the Wainer Park road. This gate will be closed as deemed necessary. Please contact the Township Office if you need entry in to this Park.

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Location: Access via Washington Drive directly across from General McLane High School on Route 99 north of Edinboro, behind Washington Township Administration Building.

Setting: Quiet, secluded, tree-lined area. A hidden gem that is beautiful.

Picnic pavilions courtesy of the Outward Reach Program.  The park has no electric or water so port-a-johns are on site May through September.

Peninsula Park

Location: Lakeside area of Washington Township via Angling Road to Lay Road, turn on Bonnieview Drive to Lakeview Drive to Peninsula Drive.

Setting: Fun and recreation area with pavilions and picnic tables, grills, playground equipment and a handicap-accessible dock courtesy of CDBG funds, Township- maintained volleyball court, benches, fire rings and ornamental trees and plants for the community's enjoyment.

We would also like to thank the Operation Outward Reach Program for the construction of the picnic pavilions. Grills are available at the pavilions and port-a-johns are on site May through September.

Conneauttee Park

Location: Route 6N to Forrest Drive, left on Woodlwan Drive to park.

Setting: Residential community park.

Although this park is the smallest of the Township's Parks, it offers a swingset and large sliding board for children as well as benches and a pavilion within this tree-shaded  park. A volleyball court is also available at this site.

Point Park

Location: Intersection of Angling and Lay Roads.

Setting: Residential community park.

Point Park offers picnic tables and greenspace. A reduced size basketball court is also available at this site.

Willow Park

Location: Angling Road, across from Angling/Birch Drive intersection.

Setting: Fitness trail.

A ten-station exercise trail connecting to Peninsula Park. Time to start that workout routine in the beautiful outdoors

Veterans Memorial Park

        

Location: Route 99 to Washington Drive, north of Township Administration Building.

Setting: Reflective memorial to the community's veterans.

A gazebo located upon a knoll with trees and shrubs with paved walkways.