That’s Windsor Park, not Windsor …
Windsor Park, sandwiched between Loucks Mill Road, North Sherman Street and Route 30, is an intriguing part of Spring Garden Township.
It’s easy to drive by the streets leading into the development without even knowing it’s there.
Windsor, Windsor Township, Lower Windsor Township. Windsor Park is at least fourth on the list of best-known Windsors in York County… .
The area, really just a neighborhood, was founded about the turn of the 20th century. It appears to have been a less affluent version of East York, home for workers coming to York during the growth years of the Industrial Revolution.
It had its own fire station — the now-closed Friendship Fire Co. No. 8 — and its own church — the still-operating Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran. Its 1931-vintage school now plays host to a business.
As for parks, the neighborhood has two in business today: the Harold Custis Ballfield and the separate Windsor Park playground.
The community boasts a variety of housing types. Duplexes, two-story frame structures, new ranch-style houses and engaging bungalows that resemble summer cottages.
The neighborhood must have been a neat place to grow up — off the well-traveled path but near everything. And Windsor Park still has an attractive neighborhood feel.
But one thinks about its brighter future.
As suburban homes become more and more expensive, families will discover Windsor Park, Grantley, Mount Rose and other places on York’s fringe with affordable housing that can be fixed up. Neighborhood kids go to suburban schools, and it’s only minutes from malls, Harley-Davidson’s plants and restaurants. It would be within walking distance of York’s proposed minor league ballpark.
That’s the glass-half-full assessment of Windsor Park.
Another view might go like this: The decay of the city inevitably will engulf Windsor Park and other older suburbs unless the city regains its footing on its own or with the help of more affluent parts of Spring Garden Township and other townships.
But for now, Windsor Park represents an overlooked and intriguing community from the past — and the future.
Other overlooked York County sites and landmarks (See post under York Town Square):
— The Little Courthouse
— Prospect Hill Cemetery
— War Mothers Memorial
— Work War II USO at former York County Academy gymnasium
— York’s Salem Square soldiers monument
— York’s Cookes House
— The Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge
— Memorial trees along highways Route 30 & Susquehanna Trai.
— The Inches
— Camp Stewartstown
— The Wrightsville Bridge supports
— New York Wire Co.’s factory whistle
— Mary Ann Furnace
–York’s Hartman Building
— Hanover’s Iron Mike and The Picket
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