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Activities, amenities on Schuylkill’s west end
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.
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.
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.
The stage area at Valley View Park has new benches.
The TriValley Veterans Memorial sits in the cemetery near Friedens Lutheran church, Hegins.