Parks and recreation
Havertown is home to over 30 outdoor parks and playing fields. The town also provides other recreation facilities, including the Haverford Township Free Library, an outdoor skate park, and the Haverford Township Skatium, a multi-use ice rink for Havertown residents. The recently renovated Haverford Reserve boasts a community park for the ultimate recreation experience, with over 5 miles of trails, wetlands, old forests and wildlife habitat, along with a state-of-the-art environmental lab. Haverford Reserve also includes playing fields, the freedom playground, and a dog park. Part of Haverford Reserve, the Haverford Township Community Recreation & Environmental Center (CREC) opened its doors to residents of Haverford and Havertown. The $7.4 million, geothermal-powered, LEED-certified building includes a double gymnasium, walking track, multi-use rooms, fitness rooms, and an environmental nature area. Further, CREC offers a variety of classes for people of all ages and abilities, ranging from yoga and spinning, to art and cooking classes. Where the CREC stands was once a coal power plant that provided power for the hospital buildings on the grounds of the former Haverford State Hospital. The hospital closed in 1998, and Haverford Township purchased the 209-acre site from the state in 2002. In 2006, the Township sold 40 acres for private development and used the proceeds from that sale toward the cost of constructing the CREC and developing the site's outdoor facilities.
Haverford Music Festival
The concept for the Haverford Music Festival was introduced by the Haverford Township Civic Council (HTCC), a private, non-profit organization that funds historic, environmental, business, and community initiatives in Haverford Township. Inspired by the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Bethlehem Musikfest and other music festivals in the area, the all-day, family-oriented Haverford Music Festival has taken place annually in the Oakmont Business District of Havertown since 2011. In 2012, the festival attracted more than 15,000 people, who enjoyed over 30 bands on three stages. HTCC benefits from festival proceeds and uses to fund community-based programs within Haverford Township. Proceeds from the 2011 Music Festival were given to the Haverford Partnership for Economic Development (HPED) for Oakmont Business District Beautification.
Havertown is served by the School District of Haverford Township, which has one high school, one middle school, and five elementary schools. A newly refurbished elementary school, Chestnutwold Elementary, re-opened its doors in early September 2008. It replaced Oakmont Elementary, which became home to the district offices. In 2009, Manoa Elementary School moved from Manoa Road to the intersection of Manoa and Eagle Roads, taking part of the field that had been there for many years. The Haverford High School sports teams are called the "Fords," and have a Model T Ford as mascot.
Haverford High School had the honor of being the only high school in the Philadelphia area to host the 2013 One Book, One Philadelphia author Julie Otsuka. Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic is a recent PEN/Faulkner Award winning work of historical fiction and a National Book Award finalist.
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