The Borough has six parks. 

If you wish to use one of our parks please fill out the below form and email, mail or fax it back to Borough Hall.
Park Rules and Regulations can be found here:

Park Use/Waiver Form


Gateway Park

This ½ acre park is at the corner of Baltimore Pike and Cedar Lane serves as the main entrance way into the Borough. A “Welcome to Swarthmore” sign was erected in late 2002, co-funded by the Swarthmore Centennial Foundation and Swarthmore College and mentions that Swarthmore is the home of Swarthmore College . The land for this park was donated anonymously to the Borough in 2000 to be used as a permanent green space for the Borough.

Keystone Park

Another approximately ½ acre park borders on Baltimore Pike and Oakdale Avenues and hosts many charitable events and acts as a welcoming, green space into the Borough.

Umoja Park

This neighborhood park, formerly the site of an early 20th century school building, is a great open space furnished with picnic tables and benches sheltered by mature trees. You’ll find this park on Yale Avenue between Rutgers and Kenyon Avenues.

Thatcher Park  

Also known as the “tot lot”, this park is fenced on all sides and great for young kids. Originally acquired in 1970, it was redeveloped in 2002, with a demonstration rain garden added in 2008. This park has a fully equipped play area with swings and plenty of other things to climb on! Located close to Downtown Swarthmore, it is a great place to visit and then walk into town for a meal or snack. The park is located on Rutgers Avenue

Centennial Park

Located in Downtown Swarthmore, this park was created in 1993 to mark the Borough's Centennial.   Take a seat on one of the benches and watch Swarthmore’s daily life pass by.

Little Crum Creek

Swarthmore’s largest park is also its most diverse in terms of planting and habitat. This park is located along Little Crum Creek and may be entered from either Yale Avenue or Cresson Avenues.  Be sure to check out the wetlands, restored by the Borough's Environmental Advisory Council in 2003.

The following playing fields are owned and under the control of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Districts.  

Henderson Field - corner of Riverview Road and Widener (also known as Henderson) Way
Rutgers Avenue Field - corner of Strath Haven and Rutgers Avenues
Swarthmore-Rutledge School Field - corner of N. Princeton and College Avenues