See You at the Park

One of the amenities that sets Upper St. Clair apart from neighboring communities is our wonderful park system. From Wiltshire to Municipal to Boyce Mayview Park, the green space available in the Township's 18 parks has something for all residents.

Trying to choose a favorite among them is probably an impossible task, but for those with small children, the parks with play equipment are especially popular. Driving by Wiltshire or Municipal park on a sunny day lends proof to that statement, as both draw young families like magnets. Wiltshire's newer playground, which includes a horizontal net climber, cable bridges, roller slide, and double deck tower with slides, is extremely popular, as is the omni spinner sand play area, and frog splash pool. At Municipal, kids enjoy the play structures, mega tower with twist tube slides, climbing wall, swings and Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing rock.

Another popular place to play is The Clubhouse at Boyce Mayview, an all-inclusive, custom-themed playground near Miracle Field, which features tower slides, ball glove tube slides, a replica of the Clemente Bridge, a water misting tree and misting fountain, a piano, and a NEOS 360 electronic aerobic game.

In addition to the Township’s three larger parks, residents are fortunate to have wonderful neighborhood parklets. Located in less traveled areas, these smaller parks are hidden gems. Byrnwick, Clair, Hays, Johnston, Trotwood, and Tustin Parks all have play units, swing sets, and basketball courts; many also have a tennis court.

No kids? No problem! Work on your tennis game at Baker, Byrnwick, Hays, Johnston, Trotwood, and, of course, Municipal Park. If your golf swing is a little rusty, stop by the three-hole golf course at Municipal Park during the week to work on your swing before heading out for your weekend round.

Looking for ways to connect with others while enjoying the great outdoors? Bocce might be the sport for you, and Baker Park is the place to be. With two lighted bocce courts, group fun awaits! Baker Park also has two pickleball courts and a sand volleyball court, all good ways to connect with friends and improve your health!

Need some alone time or looking for a new place to run? The 1.25-mile outer loop wood-chip trail at Gilfillan Farm is a beautiful place to walk or run, and the elevation changes on the path provide a good cardio workout. Enter the trail at the trail opening at the intersection of Route 19 and Orr Road, across from the main fire station. Parking at Westminster’s northern lot across from the trail on Orr Road is a good choice.

Another tranquil place to commune with nature is Boyce Mayview Park. With more than 475 acres of natural surroundings, the park has an extensive trail network that traverses the meadows and valleys. A section of the trail off Boyce Road (near Ardolino’s Pizza) is handicap accessible. Parts of the park are dog friendly, so if you have a four-legged companion, make their day and take them on an adventure with you. (Please remember to clean up after them.) Use the Boyce Mayview Park map on page 46 to help you explore.

Perhaps one of the most beautiful and memorable parks in the Township is Veterans Park, located near the municipal building off McLaughlin Run Road. With the visual presentation of the five branches of the U.S. military, the park is a place to quietly reflect on the sacrifice many have made so that we can enjoy the freedoms we so often take for granted.

How many of Upper St. Clair’s parks have you visited? Why not challenge yourself to visit each of them this summer? Refer to our parks guide found on page 45 that shows various fields, courts, and playground equipment. Check off each park on your list until you’ve visited them all, and then rate them, letting us know which one you liked best! Or make it your goal this summer to hike every interior trail in Boyce Mayview Park.

While you’re enjoying the great outdoors, snap a photo and send it to TODAY @usctoday. We’ll post it on our Facebook page. Chosen photos will then be presented in a collage in TODAY’s fall edition. See you at the park!

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