A rock structure with recycling water gently flowing across several levels. A palisade-style viewing blind lets you observe the birds without disturbing them.
Take a stroll through the park and visit all of its many places.
The Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, the city's first public nature center, contributes to a wealth of knowledge about our environment and the interaction of plants, animals and humans with each other in urban settings. PHP West
The tree-lined, award-winning dog parks are among the most popluar attractions at Hardberger Park. The enclosed parks are divided so that small dogs and large dogs can run off-leash in their own areas. PHP East & PHP West
Kids aged two to 12 get active in the playgrounds in both sides of the park. The playscapes have a variety of equipment that encourage the development of motor skills while kids play, as well as rubberized ground cover for safety. Picnic areas and parking are nearby. PHP East & PHP West
The Heritage Homestead site includes the 1920's main house, the original 1800's stone house, the restored dairy barn, a detached garage, a cistern and windmill. PHP East
- Early twentieth century bungalow, built in 1924.
- There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, breakfast area, dining room, living room and a screened porch adjacent to the master bedroom.
- Wood framed on a pier and beam foundation
- Forward facing gable roof with an attached gable with jerkin head porch supported by square battered columns
- Other characteristic features of the bungalow style include the knee braces, clapboard siding and exposed rafter tails.
- Circa late 1800’s
- About three-quarters of the structure's original limestone walls remain.
- Constructed of dressed limestone laid up in a coursed rubble pattern.
- Interior roofs feature tall ceilings with a painted beaded board covering and plastered walls.
- Flooring is wide tongue and groove pine boards.
- Gable ends of the building are constructed in stone and there is engaged stone chimney.
- Wood framed structure set on top of a raised masonry foundation
- The western most section served as the milking barn. Cows were brought into the barn from the doors in the gable end of the structure and stationed along the walls facing the windows for milking.
- Gabled structure has a central roof monitor, exposed rafter tails and 4/4 wooden sash windows
- Most likely dates to the early twentieth century; however, it could be an older structure that had a complete roof replacement.
Other buildings on the site include the detached garage and a shed. There are two additional structures on the site: the cistern and windmill.
The classroom and trailhead serve as a place to learn about ecology and urban agriculture and sustainable technologies. PHP East