Parks & Recreation
Residents can enjoy outdoor recreation in the City’s nine public parks.
The City’s park system offers 194 acres of open park space. Each park offers residents a different recreational opportunity, including team sports, playground equipment, fishing, skiing, picnic shelters, and nature trails.
All City parks are open from dawn till dusk and have restroom facilities or portable toilets during the summer months. Please abide by the park rules and regulations established for the safety of users.
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Cocoa Castle – 605 Cocoa Avenue (Map)
The new Cocoa Castle playground, located in front of the Recreation Center on Cocoa Avenue, was completed in the Spring of 2017. This popular playground replaced the original wooden structure that was built by the community in 1993. The new version replicates the peaked roofs and contains many of the same play features as the original design, all while using modern playground components.
Shank Park – Bullfrog Valley Road (Map)
Shank Park is the largest of the City’s eight parks with a total of 90 acres. Centrally located, the park is the host of many recreational events. Shank Park provides numerous fields for team sports including two baseball fields, two softball fields, and two soccer fields. Shank Park is the perfect location for a family picnic with a playground, swings, pavilion, barbecue grill, and an 18 hole disc golf course. Handicap accessible restrooms are available. An interpretive nature trail is a treat for outdoor enthusiasts. During the winter months, Shank Park visitors enjoy sledding and cross-country skiing.
Bullfrog Valley Pond – Bullfrog Valley Road (Map)
Bullfrog Valley Pond was built by the City’s Public Works Department and is the home of the annual Fishing Derby. The park features a pavilion and barbecue grills. This site is also a trailhead for the Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail. It’s a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon fishing or reading a good book.
Palmdale Park – Washington Street (Map)
Palmdale Park is a 10-acre neighborhood park with a midget baseball field, a soccer field, and a basketball court. A picnic shelter provides shade in an otherwise open area. Other features include playground equipment and access to the City’s Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail.
Brookside Park – Church Road (Map)
Brookside Park is nestled behind Chadds Ford Development and is in close proximity to numerous other residential neighborhoods. Brookside meets a regional need for soccer fields and also offers a baseball field, basketball court, playground apparatus, and a pavilion with picnic tables.
Boathouse Park – Boathouse Road (Map)
Boathouse Road is located along the Swatara River, which offers an opportunity unique to all of the other City parks. The City installed a boat launch to provide access to the river. Residents can enjoy a day of fishing, boating, and picnicing in this beautiful natural environment.
Koons Park – Sandhill Road (Map)
The Sandhill Lions Club donated Koons Park to the City in 1999. This 4-acre park’s main feature is a baseball field. The park has a large picnic pavilion and a swing set.
Founders Park – Homestead Road (Map)
Founders Park was developed as a joint project between the City, School District, and the Milton Hershey School. The 41-acre park provides softball, baseball, and soccer fields for school athletics, and local associations. Little ones can play on the playground equipment and swings, or run in the large open area.
All City parks are open from dawn till dusk and have restroom facilities or portable toilets during the summer months.
Gelder Park – Gelder Park Drive (Map)
Gelder Park covers 28 acres and includes a large playground, a tennis court, a basketball court, two sand volleyball courts, a picnic pavilion with tables, a baseball field, a soccer field, and concession stand with restrooms. Highlights of the park include a life fitness trail, walking path, and nature trails. Future plans for the park include connection to the Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail and access to the Swatara Creek.
Chocolate Town Park – W. Chocolate/Cocoa Avenue (Map)
Chocolate Town Park is the newest addition to the recreational spaces within the City. This high profile central downtown location provides open space for gathering and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of our small town setting. The park provides a meandering path under mature trees and plenty of areas to relax on a bench or lawn area and enjoy the sounds and sweet scents of downtown Hershey. This site is also the center for many programs, music and activities during the spring and summer months.
All City parks are open from dawn till dusk.