Parks & Recreation

Regardless of a person’s age, parks are one of the few places where it all comes together: a sense of community, an appreciation of history and place, respect for nature, and good health. Washington Township parks are where lifetime friendships are formed, where the gap between generations are bridged, and where people discover what they have in common. How do you grow a hometown with a sense of community, while conserving green spaces and waterways for generations to come? It starts in parks.

Mission Statement  

Washington Township will acquire, develop, enhance, preserve and wisely use natural and recreational resources for the benefit of all citizens through professional leadership, management and education.

National Parks and Recreation Association Metrics  

National Average of Parks = 10.1 acres per 1,000 residents
Westfield Washington Twp (2018) = 9.63 acres per 1,000 residents
Westfield Washington Twp (2023 projected) = 8.37 acres per 1,000 residents
View the WWT metrics breakdown HERE. 

Our Westfield Washington Network Guide (OWWN)

Our Westfield Washington Network Guide is our guide to various programs, activities and events happening in Westfield.

Click HERE to flip through our guide.

 Find specific group program information for the following:
  • Preschool Enrichment
  • Preschool Fitness and Movement
  • Youth Enrichment
  • Youth Fitness and Movement
  • Adult Enrichment
  • Adult Fitness and Movement
  • 55 and Better
  • Special Events

Parks Department Timeline

1997  Isaac Jones, Trustee, established Township Parks & Recreation Department
1999  Sheila MacGregor Beals donated 40 acres
2004  Received a Federal Land and Water Fund grant 
2004  Construction began on the original 1.8 mile loop that mirrors Sheila’s path where she walked her dogs
2004  Built Trail Head, restrooms, raingarden, 16 parking spaces 
2005  Awarded Urban Forestry Grant, purchased 600 diverse trees on 9 acres along US  31 
2005  Park programs are offered and staff created The “Flutter”, the quarterly program guide 
2006  The original 1.8 miles of trail was completed
2008  MacGregor Park logo was designed by Sheila Connett, Ms. Beals’ Goddaughter
2009  Park officially opened in May
2010  Purchased 19 acres from Lindley Ditch to St Rd 38 
2010  Adopted 5 year Comprehensive Plan
2010  The State created a park entrance was constructed off of St Rd 38 
2010  Maintenance building was constructed near the trailhead
2010  Road was paved from the bridge to the restrooms and 16 parking spots were added 
2011  Received Urban Forestry Grant used to plant additional 270 trees 
2011  Picnic shelters were built
2012  Awarded the Bicentennial Nature Trust grant, received a donation from the Beals’ Trust to purchase land
2012  Purchased additional 40 acres of interior park land
2012  Eagle Scouts built bulletin board, mile markers, entrance sign near bridge and 12 benches 
2013  Received a federal grant from the Land and Water Fund
2013  Upper Watershed Alliance Grant for pervious pavers in the plaza area
2013  Development and construction complete for the interior of the park
2013  Entrance sign installed
2013  Ribbon Cutting for park interior in October
2016  Adopted 2016-2020 Parks & Open Space Master Plan
2016  11 acre Wetland Mitigation planted 5,000 trees
2017  Board approved to acquire additional park land near MacGregor Park
2018  Board approved bond for purchase of park land
2019  Will celebrate the 10th anniversary of MacGregor Park in May