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Ac­tiv­i­ties, ameni­ties on Schuylkill’s west end

The Republican Herald - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTS

From parks to swim­ming pools, the He­gins, Tower City and Val­ley View ar­eas of­fer a range of ac­tiv­i­ties for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the west end of Schuylkill County.

He­gins, with about 3,500 peo­ple, was set­tled in 1775.

At He­gins Park, vis­i­tors en­joy a walk­ing trail, a va­ri­ety of ball fields, sports courts, play­grounds and lo­cal events and fes­ti­vals.

The Tri-Val­ley Com­mu­nity Swim­ming Pool, 306 S. Good­spring Road, He­gins, pro­vides an Olympic-size pool, kid­die pool, pav­il­ion, benches, picnic ta­bles, con­ces­sion stand and locker room fa­cil­i­ties. It has easy ac­cess from He­gins Park, which is the site of an ar­ray of events, from the an­nual Schuylkill County Wine Fes­ti­val on La­bor Day Week­end to the an­nual He­gins Val­ley Arts and Crafts Faire in Septem­ber.

The pool of­fers swim­ming lessons through­out the sum­mer and aer­o­bics.

The Tri-Val­ley Pub­lic Li­brary, 633 E. Main St., He­gins, pro­vides re­sources and a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity events. In the sum­mer, chil­dren can also par­tic­i­pate in the Sum­mer Read­ing Club.

The Tri-Val­ley Area Veter­ans Me­mo­rial near Friedens Lutheran Church, 510 E. Main St., He­gins, of­fers a lighted mon­u­ment and seat­ing area for re­flec­tion and pa­tri­otic trib­utes.

Val­ley View, with about 1,700 res­i­dents, boasts Val­ley View Park, just south of the vil­lage of Val­ley View at 524 Gap St. Vis­i­tors can see 124 acres of hard­wood for­est with Pine and Rausch creeks flow­ing through it. It also hosts pri­vate and com­mu­nity events. The park is rented through­out the year for fam­ily reunions, birth­day and grad­u­a­tion par­ties, church pic­nics, youth groups and wed­dings. The ball field is also avail­able upon re­quest.

Tower City, with about 1,400 res­i­dents, also has a com­mu­nity pool, the Porter Tower Com­mu­nity Swim­ming Pool. It usu­ally opens the first week in June and is lo­cated south of Le­gion Road and 12th Street in Tower City. The pool of­fers swim­ming lessons, pool par­ties and aer­o­bics and there’s a play­ground nearby.

It hosts one of the largest on­go­ing events in Tower City, a week­long cel­e­bra­tion known as “Tower Porter Old Home Week.”

The Tower Porter Com­mu­nity Li­brary, 230 E. Grand Ave., Tower City, pro­vides read­ing ma­te­ri­als, re­sources, com­puter in­ter­net ac­cess and prin­ters to li­brary pa­trons.

The Veter­ans Me­mo­rial in the town square along Grand Av­enue, be­tween Fourth and Fifth streets, is open to the pub­lic and is a gath­er­ing place for pa­tri­otic events.

Tower City was founded by and named for Charle­magne Tower, a New York-born lawyer who had come to Schuylkill County in 1846 to work with the le­gal is­sues re­gard­ing land claims to large coal and min­eral de­posits in that area. His first Penn­syl­va­nia prac­tice was lo­cated in Or­wigs­burg. It re­lo­cated to Pottsville in 1850 when it was made the Schuylkill County seat.

Andy MATSkO / STAFF PhOTOgRAPhER

He­gins Park, the site of the an­nual Schuylkill County Wine Fes­ti­val and He­gins Val­ley Arts and Crafts Faire, fea­tures a four-mile bike and walk­ing path that goes through the vil­lages of He­gins and Val­ley View.

JAC­QUE­LInE dORMER / STAFF PhOTOgRAPhER

Wil­liams Val­ley Pride March­ing Band mem­ber Mia Clough plays the flute dur­ing the band’s pre-game per­for­mance be­fore the foot­ball game against Min­ersville Area on Sept. 8 at Stauf­fen­berg Field at Vik­ing Sta­dium, Wil­liamstown.

Andy MATSkO / STAFF PhOTOgRAPhER

The stage area at Val­ley View Park has new benches.

Andy MATSkO / STAFF PhOTOgRAPhER

The TriVal­ley Veter­ans Me­mo­rial sits in the ceme­tery near Friedens Lutheran church, He­gins.

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