Today it looks like this:
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I grew up in New Britain and Chalfont. It's odd to think I tromped across all that history as a kid; drove past it countless times without knowing. One of my friends even lived in the development that eventually replaced the park.
Mark from Doylestown wrote:
Hi Rayna,The link Mark included is great — lengthy, but great. Check it out when you have a couple (or more) minutes.
Are you familiar with Forest Park in Chalfont? Years ago after he retired, my father volunteered to do research at the Spruance Library. I remember him showing me stories about Forest Park.
The railroad had a stop there and it was around for about 80 years. Sort of Chalfont's version of Willow Grove Park. Thought you might be interested and am sending along a reference to it from an amusement park website.
By the way, whats left of the park is well hidden back behind businesses that line 202 after you cross the tracks into Chalfont and are also somewhat visible from Park Ave where the NP Water plant is.
Carol from Myerstown read about the park as well. She wrote:
My Dad used to talk about Forest Park in Chalfont PA. He used to go there as a young man.
I read up about the history of the park online and was surprised to read that there were race riots there in the late 1950s. The park permanently closed in 1965.
I can remember as a child riding on the train between Doylestown and Philadelphia you could still see remnants of the old park.
Here's a photo that was taken in July 1936 at the park. They were famous for their swan boats! My Dad's good friend, Clifford Smith, who lived in Gardenville, took this photo!
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Who else remembers Forest Park? I've seen the post cards but Carol's is the first candid photo I've seen. I'd love to hear more stories.
There's some great stuff on Willow Grove Park around here that I'll post soon too.