The Parks and Recreation Board’s mission is to retain enough open space for our residents’ use, maintain the beauty and character of the area, and maintain full functioning park equipment and facilities that will provide a number of recreational activities and events throughout the year. Since the beginning of 2013, the Parks and Recreation Committee has assessed each of our parks’ needs and have compiled a list of upgrades and or improvements that are scheduled to be implemented.
Echo Lake Park is located on Route 209 just 3 miles North of Marshalls Creek, across from the Middle Smithfield Presbyterian Church.
Look for new playground equipment, grills, and adult and child picnic tables to be added.
Echo Lake Park offers a soccer/flag football field and a .6 mile long walking trail.
The practice field can be reserved by calling the township office at 570 223-8920.
Echo Lake also has a message board that can be reserved by completing and submitting a Electronic – Echo Lake Message Board Usage Form.
The Judy Putek Memorial Park is located at 60 Municipal Drive.
This park has been dedicated in memory of Judy Putek, a long time environmentalist and advocate of open space who was a very active member of the Middle Smithfield Township community.
Judy was extremely instrumental in acquiring grants for the acquisition of this parcel and others in the township through the countywide open space program and the Cradle of Liberty conservation program. On May 21, 2004, with the hard work of Judy and others, the township purchased 60 Municipal Drive with the Monroe County Open Space Initiative Grant program, thereby preserving 12.837 acres in our township. Judy passed away very unexpectedly in 2007. A Dedication service was held on July 24, 2008 to honor Judy and officially name the park.
The firm of Barry Isett & Associates has been chosen to develop the Master Site Plan for the park and work continues on that. The park has been set aside for passive recreation to complement the active recreation available at Echo Lake Park and Resica Park.
Walking paths wind through fields and pastures, providing an excellent habitat for flora and fauna.
The land originally was owned by George Tsafos. The property was sought due to the parcel being ideally suited for passive recreational use, as the previously farmed field areas could be developed into playing fields.The property is complimentary to Middle Smithfield Township’s Echo Lake Park Area. Several wetlands areas plus a small-unnamed stream are part of the Pond Creek water system.
The land provides a riparian buffer for these areas.
Through a combination of grants through the Monroe County Open Space Bond Fund and PA Conservation and Natural Resources, Debbie Kulick, Judy Putek and Sherry Predmore began the process to acquire the funding to purchase the property.
Grant money received from Monroe County $67,500.00 and MST match $22,500.00.
Appraisals were received and the appraised value was $90,000.00
October 14, 2003 the Board of Supervisors, at a public meeting authorized offering $90,000.00 for the purchase of 60 Municipal Drive, through the Open Space Program.
October 24, 2003 MST entered into a contract to purchase the 12.84 acres
May 21, 2004 MST purchased the property
November 10, 2004 Recorded
2005 Exemption of real estate taxes took effect for the 2005 taxing year
Middle Smithfield Township maintains an annual lease of a portion of the park where residents can use the pavilion, baseball field, and kiddie rides.
Each year, the Township holds a Trunk or Treat and/or an Easter Egg Hunt, and our Little Leaguers enjoy the home field advantage. The pavilion at Resica Park offers covered eating areas for our residents while they enjoy the many kiddie rides and nature trail that are located at Resica Park.
Good things are growing in Middle Smithfield: The Coolbaugh Community Gardens Park is Open!
We’re open! The finishing touches to the fence were finished in early June, and those who have reserved their raised beds have already begun to work their soil.
Have you reserved your garden box yet? Don’t forget, limited space is available; make sure you get yours! Contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-223-8920.
Visit the dedicated Middle Smithfield Township Community Gardens Park website at mstCommunityGardensPark.com
The Dog Park, which is now located on 108 Leroy’s Lane off Rt. 209/Milford Road (just before you get to the National Park), features two wide open spaces with taller fences and plenty of running room for dogs to stretch their legs. The spaces are separated for small or large dogs, and the whole park is open to the public from dawn to dusk and is free for all dogs and dog lovers to enjoy.
The Dog Park was formerly located at the Judy Putek Memorial Park, where it was already a very popular park. In its new location since the “soft” opening earlier this summer, the new Dog Park has quickly become one of the area’s most popular parks.
The park contains a walking path around the outside of the dog runs for residents to walk with or without their dogs. The park provides shade, running water, seating areas, and ample “barking”.
The park’s success is the result of a community effort by local volunteers, many of whom also volunteer on various Township committees like the Parks and Recreation Committee. Abigail Graham, Parks and Recreations Chairperson and the Lead Park Coordinator for the Middle Smithfield Dog Park, expressed her appreciation of the volunteer residents, saying “this would not have been possible without the efforts of the community and collaborative efforts with the township.”
Sandra Fellon, president of AWSOM said “The Middle Smithfield Dog Park is a great example of what vision, planning, and collaboration can do. Many passionate dog lovers saw a need and made a plan. The park will benefit the entire community to provide a social setting for pups to play and an area that other organizations may access, such as AWSOM. Congratulations. Hope this is the first of others to follow in areas throughout the county!”
The new Dog Park is located on 108 Leroy’s Lane, East Stroudsburg PA 18302, right off of Route 209/Milford Road, or by phone at 570-223-8920.
If you would like to reserve space at any of these parks, click here for a downloadable form that you can print and mail. Return the completed form to the Township via email at email@example.com or by mail to 147 Municipal Drive, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302.
The Middle Smithfield Township Parks and Recreation Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of every month. Residents are encouraged to attend. Please call the township office at 570-223-8920 with any questions concerning MST parks. For Parks & Recreation Committee Minutes & Agendas, Click Here
Chairperson, Echo Lake Park Coordinator: Jenna Componovo
Vice Chairperson, Community Gardens Coordinator: Michelle Dellavalle
Coordinator, Resica Park: Jamie Frailey
Coordinator, Judy Putek Park: Daniel Timpson
Coordinator, Dog Park: Danielle Cloward