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Ithan Valley Park

Features

  1. Dogs Allowed
  2. Fishing
  3. Nature Trail
  4. Parking
  5. Pond / Stream
History
Once known as Grow Tract, Ithan Valley Park was part of an old estate owned by John Evans that was donated to the Township for use as a park when the Blue Route was     constructed in 1973. In the 18th & 19th  centuries, a family mill and farm was run on the land. Remnants of an old mill are located near the parking area. The site was transformed in the 1900’s into a grand estate known as Timberline. Both the owners of the mill and estate were keenly interested in botany and collected trees from both North America and the Old World. The Ithan Valley Tree Identification Committee was formed to identify which trees were either old enough to have been part of the original collection or seedlings of those trees. There are 22 species identified and are roughly located going up the old driveway from what is now the parking area. They include White Oak, Fir, Tulip, Sugar Maple, Magnolia, Buckeye, False Cypress, and Cork, to name a few. In the mid 1800’s, prior to being turned into an estate, Ithan Valley Park was regarded as one of the most significant botanical sites in the United States. In 2011, the Friends of Ithan Valley Park was formed to celebrate the history of the park and begin a preservation effort. The Friends have been working on various projects to enhance the park and call attention to its heritage as an arboretum and its historical trees.

Features & Amenities
Located off South Ithan Avenue, Ithan Valley Park contains a hiking trail and a nature area. The Ithan Creek runs through the length of the park and fishing is permitted for all ages. Those under 15 years of age need a permit from the township building. This 19 acre park is also one of the pick up sites for free leaf compost mulch that is provided by Radnor Township. Dog walking is also permitted. With stately trees and natural shrubbery, Ithan Valley Park is a great place to hike, fish, or simply enjoy being outdoors.  

Additional Information
Acres: 20.5
Ward:
4
GPS Coordinates:
40 00.692N
075 21.298W