In 2013, New Britain Borough purchased 5.5 acres in Doylestown Township adjacent to the Covered Bridge Park on Keeley Avenue and the Pine Run Reservoir. Formerly part of a farm/orchard, this new Orchard Park completes a 135 acre block of open space, 20 acres of park land, 39 acres of flood control lake and 76 acres of surrounding land. New Britain Borough and the New Britain Civic Association have agreed to link these two parcels to avoid duplication of parking and other facilities. In addition, in 2013, the Borough received a PECO Green Region Grant (thanks to an application written by Borough volunteer Tess LaMontagne) to implement park improvements. These two events together created the Orchard Park we know and cherish today.
Orchard Park is under the supervision of the New Britain Borough Parks and Recreation Committee.
The New Britain Borough Community Garden is located in Orchard Park on Keeley Avenue. The garden was started in 2013 by residents interested in participating in the pleasures of growing vegetables, fruits, and flowers in a shared environment. The Community Garden is a combination of individual and community growing areas for personal consumption and contributions to the New Britain Food Larder. The garden is deemed organic only. Borough residents are welcome to visit, walk the paths, and observe the garden in changing seasons.
There is an annual participation fee. If you are interested in caretaking a plot, please email the borough with the subject line of ‘Community Garden’. The garden was made possible through contributions by many organizations such as 84 Lumber, Boy Scouts Troop 41, Sparks Topsoil, the Borough, and the hard work of our members.