For a small town, Mount Joy offers its residents plenty of spaces – ranging from small pocket parks such as Old Standby on West Main Street to the 32-acre Little Chiques on Park Avenue – for communing with nature, recreation, celebrating and reflecting. The borough maintains nine parks, while the township is responsible for three.
One park that several people recommended we visit is Cove Outlook Park (436 Old Market St.), a 25-acre expanse that is owned by the Lancaster County Career & Technological Center but was leased to Mount Joy Borough in 2005 for a period of 25 years. The park caters to those seeking passive recreation such as walking/jogging, dog walking, cycling, birdwatching, etc.
Mount Joy is also home to the popular and well-maintained Dog Park Mount Joy (960 Strickler Rd.). Opened in 2016, this 3-acre park, located within Rapho Community Park, is divided into two sections. It’s operated and maintained with funding provided by membership fees, fundraising events, donations and the time and talents of volunteers. We visited late on a Wednesday afternoon, prime time for the after-work crowd. During our visit, we encountered new BFFs, Zoe and Bentley. Zoe’s owner is a transplant to Mount Joy via Pittsburgh and York County, while Bentley’s owner recently moved to a 55+ community in Mounty Joy.