OK, you live somewhere in the East Norriton, Norristown, Plymouth Meeting areas and the kids are just driving you nuts. I mean seriously nuts and you want to start spanking everyone from four to forty years old you might want to consider why they are acting like UFC fighters in the Octagon. My best guess is that they need to get of the house and do something. You probably want to get out of the house too but you don’t want to drive far. You want to keep it quick and local.
What do you do? I might have the answer but first….
…. let’s look at another scenerio. The weather is nice and warm. Sunny perhaps with a gentle breeze. You are on a budget and don’t want to spend a ton of money but you also want to do something nice with that special person or people in your life. You are thinking of getting out of the house for a nice meal but you don’t want to be cooped up inside like a political prisoner, nor do you want to put a giant dent in your wallet.
What do you do?
We’ll there are a lot of different cool, cheap and fun ideas to do near Norristown, PA but for this post lets focust on Old Arch Road Park. Arch Road park is nestled between two neighborhoods just off Arch road. If you live Northtowne Shopping Center, Dekalb Apartments, Suburban Mercy Hospital, Cole Manor Elementary School, the formerly Kennedy Kendick High School, Corrpolese Bakery, Germantown and Arch, etc. etc. you are close to this park.
What Can I Do There?
OK, if you have the kids and want to get them out of the house before they turn the place into rubble, Old Arch Road Park might be your answer. For the particularly young ones, there is a decent playground with swings, slides etc where they can occupy their time as children do.
If the kids are a little older or if you want some more open space to toss a frisbee, play croquet, set up a lifesize chess board or practice Ninjutsu there is a pretty substantial amount of level, open grass with the occasional tree to plow into (be careful
If you are looking for a cheap outdoor meal away from home there are a few picnic tables that, honestly, I’ve never seen anyone use. They are in good shape with plenty of trash cans near by to toss what you don’t want to take home. I dont remember seeing any grills at this park so you might want to stick with sandwiches and other foods you don’t need to cook. If you were considering grilling a nice ostrich or pheasant you are out of luck here.
Bring a pet for a walk. Pet dog, cat, cheetah, gorrilla whatever you have as long as it is on a leash. There are pet clean up bags offered in dispensers hanging up in the park (you’ll need more than one bag for the gorrilla my guess is)
Honestly, there isn’t much room to run here. There is only one path that bisects the park between New Hope Street and Old Arch Road. I’d say its about 100 years long. So why did I bring up the jogging? Because I’m a jerk I guess….. kidding… it is still a decent place for a run. There are two neighborhoods. One is across from the park on the other side of Old Arch Road (Brownstone Drive) and another next to the park (Megann Circle). Both neighborhoods more or less run in a loop. You can jog one, cross Arch (be careful, fast traffic), take the park’s path down the other other neighborhood. It’s a good way for a quick jog with limited traffic.
Size of the Park
Pretty small but not many people use it so there is usually room. It looks like its about 100 yards long by 100 yards wide, though my distance estimation skills are about equal that captain when he tried to steer the Titanic around that ice.
I love the parking at this park. Plenty of spaces and a wicked-easy pull in pull out. You’ll see what I mean when you go. Ample, free parking.
During my visits to this park I did NOT see any Porta Potties or bathrooms of any kind. This is important to keep in mind. This park is best accessed by people who live nearby. If you came across a total I-gotta-go emergency, Northtowne Shopping Center is Nearby and you might be able to access a bathroom in a local restaurant. I can’t guarantee they’ll let you use their facilities and I can’t guarantee they won’t sell your children into slavery in exchange for relieving yourself but I suspect it will go smoother than that if you ask nicely (maybe).
Where is Old Arch Road Park
OK, it is located between New Hope Street and Old Arch Road in East Norriton. Parking is on the Arch Road side. Here is a map to help you out.
What Else Can you Tell Me About Old Arch Road Park
Not a heck of a lot actually. Keep in mind that while you won’t likely be carded, these parks are generally for the residents of the township. There are homes all around the park so be courteous of their peace and privacy. There are ample trash cans to discard any waste.
This is a nice little park for people who live close by and just want to kill a couple hours.
What Other Cool Things Can We Do In The Area?
Well, this site has quite a few ideas. If you are looking for a unique, inexpensive Asian meal, check out my post that reviews Pho Thai restaurant in East Norriton
If you don’t mind driving 20 minutes or so there are some cool places to check out some original music. My review of one coffeeshop in Phoenixville has some of the best bands any cafe has to offer. Check it out.
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