Parks & Recreation

Welcome to the Middle Smithfield Township Parks! MST is home to five great parks and jointly owns two additional parks located in Smithfield Township. Our parks have many amenities including a dog park, several playgrounds, walking trails, two rentable picnic pavilions, a community garden, disc golf, and more. Check out the descriptions of all of our parks below!

 

Be sure to check out the great parks websites for more information about our parks and other parks and recreation activities in our area:

 

Monroe County Park Locator: 

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area: 

National Geographic Trip Planner: 

MST Park Pavilion Use Application

 

 

Echo Lake Park

5206 Milford Road East Stroudsburg, PA 18302

The park’s amenities include a pavilion, a soccer/flag football field, a 0.6 mile walking trail, disc golf, and a playground.

A Veterans Memorial was built near the flagpole by Joe Schuon of BS Troop 87 for his Eagle Scout project in the fall of 2015 and is a great addition to the park.

The pavilion and field can be reserved by submitting a request form. Rentals cost $50, plus a $50 refundable deposit. The request form can be printed here [link]. You can also visit the Township Building to pick up a copy. Please call 570-223-8920 x119 for more information.

 

The Echo Lake message board along Rt. 209 can be reserved by completing and submitting a usage form, which can be printed here [link].

Judy Putek Memorial Park

182 Municipal Drive East Stroudsburg, PA 18302

This 12.837 acre park, previously farmland, is now preserved as open space for passive recreation with walking paths and wildlife watching. The park includes wetlands and a small stream that are part of the Pond Creek water system.

This park is dedicated to the memory of Judy Putek, a long time environmentalist and advocate of open space. She was a very active member of the Middle Smithfield Township community. Mrs. Putek loved the outdoors and was instrumental in acquiring several parcels through the countywide open space program and the Cradle of Liberty conservation program.

Through the hard work of Judy Putek, Debbie Kulick, and Sherry Predmore, the Township purchased the 12.837 acres of land with the help of grants from the Monroe County Open Space Initiative and PA Conservation and Natural Resources. Grand money totaled $67,500, while the Township matched $22,500. The purchase of $90,000 was approved by the Board of Supervisors on October 14, 2003 through the Open Space Program and was finalized on May 21, 2004.

Judy Putek passed away unexpectedly in 2007. A dedication service was held on July 24, 2008 to honor Mrs. Putek and name the park after her.

Resica Park

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.

Coolbaugh Community Gardens Park

989 Coolbaugh Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302

 

Good things are growing in Middle Smithfield!

Residents may rent up to 3 garden plots for their own use and may plant whatever they wish. The park is an organic garden and renters must attend a master gardener class and follow organic gardening procedures. The Township provides soil and manure for the garden boxes, which are generously built by a team of dedicated volunteers.

To reserve a garden plot, please contact Chris at crain@mstownship.com or call 570-223-8920 x119. There is a $50 refundable deposit due per box and renters must attend master gardener training, at no cost. The availability of garden plots is on a first-come first-served basis.

Also visit the Community Gardens Park website at www.mstcommunitygardenspark.com.

Dog Park at Leroy’s Lane

108 Leroy’s Lane East Stroudsburg, PA 18302

The Dog Park features two open spaces with tall fences to provide running room for dogs both big and small. The park was temporarily located at Judy Putek Memorial Park, but moved to its present location in 2015, with a ribbon cutting in September of that year. Already popular in its first location, the Dog Park has quickly become one of the area’s most popular parks.

In the winter, the Dog Park is home to the Township’s temporary Ice Rink for skating.

“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!” – Sandra Fellon, President of AWSOM

 

Parks & Recreation Board

The Parks and Recreation Committee’s mission is to retain enough open space for our residents’ use, maintain the beauty and character of the area, and maintain fully 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.

Park hours are dawn until dusk for all parks. Please check out our great photos from around our parks and read the tabs for more information about each of our wonderful parks!

Members

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

 

If you would like to reserve space at any of these parks, click here for a downloadable form that you can print and return to the township via email at recept@mstownship.com or by mail to 147 Municipal Drive, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302.