Island Park Blossburg – It has it all!
In 1910, a plot of land was dedicated for a park in Blossburg. Located at the end of Water Street and surrounded on two sides by rivers it was named “Island Park.”
Over the years is has become Blossburg’s best kept secret. 62 acres of carefully manicured lawn, tall 100-year-old pine trees and all the amenities you would want in a park.
First thing you see driving in is VIBE Skate Park – build in 2009 is one of the most used facility on the park. Recently expanded is has several ramps and a covered seating area.
On your left, Little League, softball and T-Ball fields are right at the entrance with a baseball field at the other end of the park.
Driving around the inner circle of the park you will see corn hole boards, bocce court and horseshoe pits. The North Penn Mansfield Panthers play on the Jones Memorial football field and proudly displayed is a score board given by Ward Manufacturing and lights and bleachers purchased and installed by area citizens and Alumni – Blossburg loves football!
A new playground in the middle of the park is a great place for kids to climb and play while parents are close by sitting at picnic tables and having a cookout.
Two pavilions and one indoor building available for rental on the park right next to the community pool.
Tennis and basketball courts are used daily by all ages.
The park is used by the Southern Tioga School District for baseball and softball, football, and tennis.
Recently renovated, the pool offers a walk-in entry at one end – beneficial for those with limited mobility and an area for small children to get comfortable with being in the pool. Two fully enclosed slides are located at the deeper ends, one straight and the other curved with always a line of kids waiting their turn.
It does not take an athlete to use, in my opinion, the best part of the park – the “River Walk” walking path. One-mile, crushed limestone path that circles the outer perimeter of the park, following the Tioga River and Johnson Creek. Volunteers have planted bulbs, flowering shrubs and perennials along the path and every day you walk around the park you see something new growing or blooming. Tree identification markers along the path make your walk an educational one too! The sound of the river is soothing to the soul, making your walk not only healthy for the body but the mind.
So, when you have a few minutes to spare when in Blossburg you need to drive or walk around Island Park – you won’t regret it.
Writing: Tonya McNamara
Photography: Jonathan Morgan
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