Parks and Recreation in Derry Township
Hershey Recreation Center
605 Cocoa Avenue
Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033
Organized recreation in Derry Township began with the development of Milton Hershey’s model town. He believed recreation to be as vital to our lives as housing and utilities. During the construction of the town, Mr. Hershey established a plan for a public park and the Cocoa Avenue Plaza. The Cocoa Avenue Plaza was donated to the Township in 1978. The Township continues to place recreation as a high priority and strives to meet the recreational needs of an active community.
Cocoa Castle Rehabilitation Project
Cocoa Castle was constructed in 1993 and is twenty two years old. As a result, the wooden structure is in need of replacement. The conceptual rendering (link below) has been designed to portray a close approximation of what the structure will look like when replaced. A grant has been awarded from DCNR to assist with the cost of this project, but some additional fundraising is needed. Information regarding the timing of the project, picking up of the existing pickets, and volunteers to assist with the community build of the playground will be made available at a later date.