Solebury Township Parks and Recreation embraces the philosophy that leisure time activities enhance the quality of life by offering an abundant variety of both passive and active recreational opportunities at our local and State parks.
We have a reputation as an innovative leader in recreational offerings. The Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society has recognized our efforts with "Excellence in Programming" awards for our support of the construction of the Track Facility and Sports Complex located on the grounds of the New Hope-Solebury high school, our CPR/AED Community Outreach Training Program, our partnership participation in the New Hope-Lambertville Winter Festival, our Summer Adventure Camp and our youth Baseball and Softball programs.
Noted below are recreational and scenic opportunities within the Township:
- Unique to Solebury's recreational offerings is Magill's Hill, a 5-acre site of steeply sloped hills ideally suited for sledding and other winter activities. The Solebury Trail traverses a portion of the electric company power line along U.S. Route 202, providing an excellent walking, bicycle and jogging path that connects to the athletic fields at New Hope-Solebury high school. The Solebury Trail is currently undergoing plans for expansion.
- Scenic Laurel Park and Pat Livezey Park both contain active recreation baseball and soccer fields and age appropriate playgrounds. Sports activities focus on development of good sportsmanship and skill development through positive reinforcement. Competitive travel team and tournament play is also provided through the various sports organizations.
- Solebury's close proximity to the Delaware River offers numerous water related recreational opportunities such as fishing, canoeing and tubing. The Delaware Canal State Park provides a 60 mile long towpath designated as a National Historic Hiking Trail for walking, jogging or biking while enjoying Solebury's treasured views of the countryside and historic villages. The towpath links Washington Crossing Historic Park to the south of Solebury with Virginia Forrest State Park and the village of Lumberville to the north, while traversing directly through the middle of New Hope.
- Delaware Canal Towpath - Solebury is also home to the Washington Crossing State Park and several historic structures, including the Thompson-Neely House, which served as headquarters for General Lord Sterling during the Revolutionary War, and the old Grist Mill. Both historic structures are open to the public for tours.
- Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve occupies 100 acres devoted to the preservation of native plants of Pennsylvania, and offers educational programs in addition to many hiking trails.
- For those drawn to high places, Bowman's Tower, a 110-foot observation tower built in 1930 to commemorate the lookout point used by soldiers during the Revolutionary War, offers an exciting panoramic view of Solebury Township and the surrounding countryside.
Our unique community depends greatly on the many volunteers who support our programs and park facilities in Solebury. Our residents are an integral part of the infrastructure and are encouraged to take an active role in the activities and events that occur here. Come on out and enjoy our parks and recreation!
Magill's Hill Park
Located at the corner of Chapel Road and River Road just north of the New Hope to Lambertville Toll Bridge. Provides excellent winter sports activities such as sledding and snow boarding on a large hill overlooking the scenic Delaware River. Small picnic area with limited parking. No restroom facilities.
Pat Livezey Park
The Upper Park entrance is located just off Sunset Drive at the corner of Hagan and Parkside Drives. The Lower Park entrance is located on the north side of U.S. Route 202 approximately one-half mile north of the intersection with Sugan Road. The Upper Park provides a unique playground designed for ages 5 to 12, a walking trail, soccer field with spectator seating, snack stand, restroom facilities with picnic area, and an open air, stone pavilion with picnic tables and grills. The Lower Park provides a lighted soccer field, a practice field and an open-air concert area. Both the Upper and Lower Park are connected by grass trails. Ample parking at each location.
Located immediately behind the Solebury Township Municipal Building. Provides one softball field, two tee-ball fields, three baseball fields, one intramural soccer field, a full service snack stand with covered picnic table area, portable restroom facilities, and a playground designed for children ages 2 to 12. Ample parking is available.
Located along River Road opposite Magill's Hill Park. Recreation area has 11 acres of open fields with access to the Delaware Canal. Improvements include a multi-purpose field, parking, trail and access bridge over the canal to the towpath walking trail.
Located along the electric company power line parallel to U.S. Route 202, it begins at the intersection of Sugan Road next to the Eagle Fire Company building and provides and excellent walking, bicycle and jogging path that eventually connects to the athletic fields at New Hope-Solebury high school, and to the Canal Park trail.
North Pointe Open Space / Recreation Park
Contains 104 acres of open space with 30 acres designated for future active recreation. Located adjacent to Fox Run Preserve age-restricted community and next to the North Pointe housing development along Sugan Road and US 202. Pedestrian access and parking provided in designated areas along Creekside Drive.
Located along Upper Mountain Road and Street Road, the site contains 80 acres of undeveloped open fields, farmland and woods. The site was designated for future active and passive recreation use by the Township Board of Supervisors. A preliminary "concept plan" was prepared through a series of public meetings, and planning will continue in the future.
Located along U.S. Route 202 and the corner of Lower Mountain Road, this 48-acre site was acquired by Solebury Township in 2009 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Solebury is in the process of developing a plan to use the site for both educational and recreational opportunities while maintaining the unique, sensitive eco-system, which is currently a habitat for a wide variety of plant and animal life.
Virginia Forrest State Park
Located along River Road one-mile North of Center Bridge. Provides access to the Delaware Canal historic walking trail and the Delaware River. Ample parking, restrooms, and picnic area.
Washington Crossing Historic State Park (Upper Park Area)
Located along River Road about three miles South of New Hope. Provides access to the Delaware Canal historic walking trail and the Delaware River. Ample parking, restrooms, walking and hiking trails, pavilions and picnic areas on a 220-acre park site. Special features open to the public include the historic Thompson-Neely House of Decision, Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, Bowman's Tower, and the American Revolutionary Soldiers Gravesite.
Photography by Dudley Rice