Welcome to Berkshire Township, Delaware County, Ohio
Trees? Yes, Please!
Creating a park in what was once an open field requires foresight and planning. Last fall, twelve large, beautiful trees were planted in our new park. Stop by and see what a difference they already make. Then picture how magnificent they'll be in 15-20 years! Exciting!
Grow Your Own Monarch Habitat. If you're interested in creating your own monarch garden at home, we can help. Thanks to Floyd and Susan, we have packets of milkweed seeds here at the township hall for township residents to come and pick up - for free!
They've gathered seeds from two different varieties of milkweed plants and provided planting instructions, too. You can plant them now and you'll have plants next summer for our brilliantly colored friends to visit when they arrive from Mexico. Then you can observe the miraculous process of metamorphosis in your own yard. Seeds are available at 1454 Rome Corners Rd. during business hours.
Berkshire Community Park
The Learning Garden at the Berkshire Community Park has never been more beautiful. We invite you to stop over for a visit to enjoy this little spot of paradise.
The Mission of the Berkshire Township Parks is to provide diverse
year-round leisure opportunities through the preservation of open space,
park settings, recreational facilities, and programs for the residents of Berkshire Township. We strive to strengthen the bonds of community
and enhance quality of life for present
and future generations.
Big Walnut art students designing unique art for the Born Learning Trail in 2017
Remember, we're just getting started!
If you were able to visit the park already, then you have seen the beginnings of the play area for the kids. More features and play-spaces are planned and we are in the process of adding to the features already in place. So hang in there - if you have kids and are looking for a fun place to bring them, we'll be sure to share as each new phase is completed.
This summer, township resident and local butterfly expert, Floyd Siebert became actively involved with the Berkshire Learning Garden through Susan Holtry, one of the garden's creators. Working with Susan, Floyd volunteered to help "raise" a new generation of Berkshire monarch residents. He began visiting the garden early this summer, monitoring the growth of our pollinator flowers, the arrival of the butterflies, checking for eggs then caterpillars, and taking them home to a safe controlled environment to hatch.
When the township trustees purchased the land at 1454 Rome Corners Road
where the Township Hall now stands, their vision included the concept of a township park being built at some point in the future.
In 2016, plans for a park began to take shape through the efforts of the trustees, staff, and a residents' Parks Committee.
In March of 2017 $20,000 in seed money was appropriated to begin the Berkshire Community Park. It was agreed a play area for young children and a pollinator garden area for all to enjoy would be the first priorities moving forward.
In addition to the original concept, the Trustees agreed to the installation of a Born Learning Trail in the park. Created by United Way, Born Learning Trails help parents of very young children connect with their kids in fun, interactive, and educational ways. Berkshire is proud to be one of the first recipient
of this exciting project sponsored by United Way of Delaware County and the Women's Leadership Network of United Way. In addition, our Born Learning Trail has custom artwork designed and installed by students from the Big Walnut High School National Art Honor Society. Also, in partnership with
United Way, volunteers from the Delaware Campus of Columbus State Community College installed the posts and signage for the trail.
We hope you'll come and visit soon!
Above are a few photos of the metamorphosis and the emergence of "Wunder" - a female monarch who was released back in the garden on August 30th in preparation for her long migration to Mexico. Since the release of Wunder, several more Berkshire Monarchs have been released in the garden, perpetuating this beautiful species. Check out the photos above. Thank you, Floyd, for your great interest and care for our monarch family!