A gentleman name Clarence Schock gave the Little Chiques School Playground to the Mount Joy School Board in 1947. Mr. Clarence had just developed Park Avenue. It is said that no one actually called the park Little Chiques School Playground. Before that time, it was simply a corn field and to get to the area one walked through the field.
The Plaque pictured to the left in the triangle announces that the bolder on which the plaque is located came from Governor Dick, Mount Gretna, which he also gave to the Mount Joy School Board. The School Board then gave it back at sometime and the SICO Company maintained this park. It was then named SICO Park. Finally in April 2002, Mount Joy Borough took over the park and a few years later the name was changed to Little Chiques Park.
Little Chiques Park is located on Park Avenue off of East Main Street of Mount Joy. This 32-acre park includes a tot lot and nine (9) pavilions. Most pavilions have ten (10) picnic tables. There are two pavilions that have electric, Pavilions #1 and #2. The other 7 pavilions do not have electric but they do have charcoal grills. Surrounding the park is a creek known as Little Chiques Creek.
If you are looking to have a family reunion, birthday party, company picnic, etc., you may call the Borough Office to check the availability of dates. When calling the municipal office, you will be required to leave your name, address and telephone number, so the Borough Staff will know how to contact you. It will also be required that you choose a pavilion(s) you wish to reserve. You will be entitled to that pavilion(s) for the whole day. You may not change pavilion(s) on your specific day as there may be others that reserved pavilions for the same date.
Effective January 1, 2024, Mount Joy Borough has established a fee of $40.00 for use of a pavilion. Mount Joy Borough has established this fee to help with maintenance and the up keeping to preserve this park and its great condition. This fee is required at time of reservation(s). Operational fees are carefully observed by Mount Joy Borough’s Staff and Council, and may change from year to year.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
- NO one permitted in the park after dark
- NO alcoholic beverages permitted
- NO littering or vandalism
- NO vehicles or bicycles beyond parking area
- NO swimming, boating, canoeing or rafts
- Improper conduct or creating a public disturbance of any kind is prohibited
- pets must be kept on a leash and shall clean up after such animal
- Responsible to collect and deposit trash in the dumpster provided