Parks and Recreation

Nestled into the vast, rural landscape of Western Pennsylvania, Butler County is home to many beautiful parks. From large state parks to nature preserves to recreational amusement parks with rides and games, the county's parks have created many memories and enhanced quality of life for its residents.

When you think of amusement parks near Western Pennsylvania, places like Kennywood, Idlewild, or Conneaut may come to mind. In the early twentieth century, Butler boasted its own escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just a five-cent, trolley car ride away lay Alameda Park. In 1901…
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Just off of South Eberhart Road in Butler Township is an eighty-eight acre English garden, unchanged since 1959: Preston Park. The park was originally created, cultivated, and finally given to Butler by Frank and Jane Preston, a couple who left behind a beautiful public park and a legacy of…
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As the fourth of July approaches every summer the people of Butler anxiously await the nine days of fun that surround the Butler Fair. It’s a place where the family-oriented lifestyle of the country blends together with the dazzling lights of city night-life to provide entertainment for everyone.…
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Tucked away in the forest along the banks of Slippery Rock Creek was once a magical park called Stoughton’s Beach. Sounds of laughter resonated above the joyful melodies of the carousel, and the buttery aroma of freshly-popped popcorn wafted through the breeze. Stoughton’s Beach opened in 1932…
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Dr. Robert Macoskey was a philosophy professor at Slippery Rock University. And today, he is remembered by the Robert A. Macoskey Center. This is a state of the art eco-home and grounds devoted to making a healthier tomorrow. Robert A. Macoskey came to Slippery Rock University in 1972. Dr. Macoskey…
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When we think about the history of conservation, we tend to think about the 1970s, which was the decade of the birth of modern environmental movements. However, conservation efforts are rooted in the late 1800s, early 1900s. An exceptional example of these roots is located seven miles south of…
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Many Butler County natives are familiar with Armco Park, yet the park’s history is often unknown to those who enjoy it. The park has undergone a huge transformation since its opening, and therefore is a fitting representation of the development of the entire county, as well as a source of many fond…
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