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Abington Township, Pennsylvania
Abington Township is one of Montgomery County’s oldest communities dating back to before 1700 with Cheltenham Township; however, the official date for the incorporation of the township is 1704. Abington and Cheltenham is home to some of the county’s oldest transportation routes, industries and churches. Many of these older business and transportation centers were the forerunners of modern Abington. Today, Abington Township is a highly desirable residential area that contains a major shopping center, many small businesses, and a few of Montgomery County's largest employers. Communities within the township include Willow Grove, Roslyn, Glenside, Rydal, North Hills, and Meadowbrook.
Almost the entire township is serviced by public water and sewer systems. A large full-time police force serves the community. Volunteer fire companies provide service to the area. Residential trash disposal is provided by the township.
Year-round programs are conducted by the Township’s Department of Parks & Recreation. Facilities include community parks, nature areas, a large number of public playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, and swimming pools.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus and rail lines provide the community with easy access to points within eastern Montgomery County, other bordering townships and Philadelphia.
Several community and neighborhood shopping facilities are located throughout the township. The nearest major shopping mall is the Willow Grove Park Mall located in the northwestern corner of the township.
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