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Park Aerial Map Now In Township Hands

SANATOGA PA – An eye in the sky has yielded a map of the ground in Lower Pottsgrove.

The township has received an aerial map of its most-used recreation area, Gerald Richards Park on Buchert Road, as the next step in determining how to solve persistent water drainage problems there, according to Sanatoga-based engineering firm Bursich Associates.

In its latest monthly report to the Board of Commissioners, the company that fills the role of township engineer said it delivered to the municipal building the map that will be an integral part of “discussion on future drainage improvement design.” Aircraft-borne cameras earlier this summer took images of the park and its fields from hundreds of feet up, in hopes of giving planners a more complete view of what’s happening with storm water run-off.

Drainage, or more specifically a lack of it, has been a long-standing problem at the 30-acre park. Water can form large ponds on some of its fields for several days at a time, rendering them marshy and unplayable until it evaporates or seeps into the soil.

The maps were requested by the township Parks and Recreation Committee, which has talked for months about how best to dry out the fields, Bursich representatives told commissioners. Another step in completing the work and solving the problem will be to find private and government grant funding to pay for drainage solutions.

The Parks and Recreation Committee is next scheduled to meet Sept. 28 (2015; Monday) in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd., at 7 p.m. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public.

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