SANATOGA PA – Outfitting Lower Pottsgrove’s Sanatoga Park with a list of improvements that have been planned for more than a year took longer than expected, but the project has been officially approved by the township Board of Commissioners and should get under way in mid-March, Manager Ed Wagner reported.
The township applied for, and in February 2015 won, a $61,240 Montgomery County grant to make what are labeled as “upgrades and accessibility improvements” at the park on South Sanatoga Road, and particularly surrounding its band shell. The facility is highly popular during summer months, when the Parks and Recreation Committee operates its annual concert series.
The plans call for paving a gravel seating area near the front of the band shell stage; paving the nearby gravel parking lot and its paths to the seating; and renovating adjacent restrooms to make them more accessible.
Implementing those plans hasn’t been easy, though. Initial bids to do the work came in last August at substantially higher than expected costs. Specifications were re-worked by the township engineer, Bursich Associates, and new bids were sought in November.
Late last month (Jan. 21, 2016), the Board of Commissioners finally heard a number it liked and awarded the project to Pierce Homes Limited of Downingtown PA in the amount of $54,923. The township is making its own contribution to the project by paying Bursich fees totaling about $12,000.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Jan. 21 meeting):