Merle Phillips Park

( Parks & Public Property )

Merle H. Phillips

Merle Phillips Park is named after the late Merle H. Phillips, a long time resident of Sunbury, a member of the Pennsylvanie State House of Representatives for over 30 years, and a great friend of Sunbury and the surrounding communities that he served.  The City of Sunbury is proud to name this park in his honor.

Merle Phillips Park is located near the intersection of Market and Front Streets, on Front Street along the Susquehanna River. The Susquehanna River is a great place for water sports enthusiasts and fishermen. The park has a running path, plenty of seating, and wonderful shade for those warm summer days.  The gazebo offers a great view of the park and river.

09/21/1928 - 12/30/2013

PHILLIPS, Merle Herbert, a Representative from Montour, Northumberland and Snyder Counties; born in Dalmatia, Northumberland County, Pa., September 21, 1928; graduated, Lower Mahanoy Township High School, 1946; attended, Susquehanna University; served, United States Marine Corps; president, Irish Valley Food Processing, Inc.; elected as a Republican to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a Special Election, March 11, 1980 to serve the remaining 1979 term; Sworn-In, April 8, 1980 and reelected to 15 consecutive terms thereafter; elected, Majority Caucus Administrator (1995-2006); elected, Minority Caucus Administrator (2007-2010); not a candidate for reelection to the House (2010); elected, delegate, Republican National Convention (2004, 2008); appointed, commissioner, Northumberland County (2011-2012); died, December 30, 2013 in Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania; interred, Orchard Hills Cemetery, Shamokin Dam, Snyder County, Pennsylvania.