Narberth is divided up into sections, each with a different personality. Downtown Narberth is where the main cluster of stores and public facilities are located. This area borders Haverford Avenue and is delimited by Wynnewood Road, north of the train tracks. Among the commercial downtown landmarks are the town’s original movie house, the Narberth Theater, a double-screen theater; Ricklin’s Hardware Store; Mapes 5 & 10, which now has two locations and is the last of the area’s independent variety stores; and The Greeks Bar and Restaurant. An assortment of coffee shops, dress shops, and antique establishments line the district.
The Narberth Playground, bordered by Haverford, Wynnewood, and Windsor Avenues, is known for its popular summer basketball leagues, featuring summer night games with some of the best local high school and collegiate players. The playground has a unique and traditional July 4 festival, mostly unchanged for more than a century, which begins at 9 AM with children’s races and culminates twelve hours later in one of the region’s best-known fireworks displays. Narberth’s public library, renovated in 2009, is located adjacent to the entrance to the children’s playground on Windsor Avenue.
South Narberth lies south of the train tracks and over the Narberth Avenue bridge. It is sometimes confused with Merion because of its resemblance to that municipality. This entirely residential area extends west into Wynnewood and south into Merion, delimited by Rockland Avenue and East Wynnewood Road.
The northeast section is so-called “working-class” Narberth, populated by turn-of-the-century row houses, which today are often inhabited by descendants of Italian and Irish immigrants. The area has many long-time family businesses, such as Joseph Gaudini’s Tailor Shop and Al DiBonaventura’s Barber Shop. Its center is the narrow intersection of Iona and Woodbine Avenues. Ryan Christopher’s Restaurant, the latest in a succession of eateries that have tried to replace Giuliani’s—the landmark family restaurant that sat at the intersection for many decades—is also here. Northeast Narberth extends to Montgomery Avenue on the north, North Narberth to the west, and Windsor to the south. Saint Margaret’s Catholic church, its school, and a Lutheran church reside on this area’s western border.
The Borough of Narberth maintains two recreational facilities: The Narberth Playground and the Sabine Avenue Playground. The Narberth Playground has two basketball courts, three tennis courts, a field area, a junior basketball court (once volleyball), and a playground for younger children. The Sabine Avenue Tot Lot, on the grounds of the former Narberth Elementary School, is the smaller of the two and was recently renovated with new playground equipment. In addition, the borough sponsors a Fall soccer program, a Spring baseball program, a Summer basketball program, and many other sports and recreation activities.
St. Margaret School
227 N. Narberth Ave
Narberth, PA 19072
Grades Pre-K – 8
Penn Valley Elementary School
301 Righters Mill Road
Narberth, PA 19072
Grades K – 8
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