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 Road during business hours.

Berkshire Community Park

PARK ETIQUETTE

  • When visiting with dogs, please keep them leashed at all times. This is for your safety, your pet's, and others using the path.
  • Please clean up after your dog. Doggie Waste-stations have been installed on the path around the perimeter of the park. Do not put pet waste in the trash containers in the garden/play area.
  • Please refrain from smoking in the garden and playground areas.
  • Trash receptacles have been installed between the garden and play area to help cut down on litter. Please be considerate and dispose of your trash. Do not put pet waste in these containers.
  • When using the path around the property, watch for vehicles entering and leaving the parking lot.
  • Please do not pick the flowers in the garden or allow your children or pets to play in the flower beds. We

          want to keep the area clean and pleasant for all to enjoy.

INFORMATION ON THE NOVEMBER PARK LEVY BALLOT ISSUES

   The trustees voted unanimously in July to put two levies on the November ballot. To help residents understand why, please see below.

  • The township is not permitted by law to issue bonds for the purchase of land for a park without putting it to a vote by the residents. That is why the Bond Levy is mandatory in order to move forward with the Master Plan

  

  • The survey connected to our 2018 Parks and Trail Master Plan indicated a large percentage of responding residents are overwhelmingly in favor of Berkshire creating parks and trails


  • As a developing township, we can only preserve open space by acquiring land while it’s available for parks and recreation


  • By developing a “central park” for the Berkshire Township community our goal is to create a large area of open space in our township. The importance of maintaining our "rural character" comes up often in conversations with residents.

 

The levies on the November ballot, totaling 1.5 mills, will provide the needed funds to acquire land while it’s available, start capital improvements such as a shelter, restroom, playground and trails and provide matching/shared grant fund opportunities and operating dollars moving forward. The total cost to a homeowner is $4.38 a month per $100,000 of the auditor’s property valuation.


For a chart illustrating examples of the dollar amounts per $100,000 of valuation, please click  here.

In the summer of 2018, 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 in early 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 develop.


Here 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, 2018 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.  Thank you, Floyd, for your great interest and care for our monarch family!

PLEASE LEASH YOUR DOGS WHILE WALKING AT THE PARK   We ask that you please keep your dogs leashed when you are walking them at the park or on the path surrounding the property. It is for the safety of your pet, other dogs, and children or people who may be using the path, too. Dog parks are the perfect place to exercise your dog off-leash, but on our walking path dogs need to be under control at all times. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Welcome to Berkshire Township, Delaware County, Ohio

Berkshire Township has a Free Little Library in the park. It is stocked and open for readers of all ages! Residents are welcome to donate appropriate books as well as borrow any that are in the library.

Our library is now part of the Free Little Library Organization, which is the world's largest book sharing movement. Our charter number is #75862, and we are located on their world-wide map. You can read more at https://littlefreelibrary.org/

Parks and Trails Master Plan

To read the Master Plan, please click on the links below. The Master Plan is intended to be a flexible document that responds to a growing township.Aspects of this plan, including recommendations and implementation strategies, should be regularly reviewed and refined in order to best respond to new opportunities and evolving recreational priorities.

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