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Township Moves Ahead On Richards Park Grant

Walking the trail at Gerald Richards Park on an October afternoon

SANATOGA PA – An application being submitted by Lower Pottsgrove to win a $189,500 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which would pay to fix long-standing water drainage issues and meet other needs at the township’s heavily used Gerald Richards Park on Buchert Road, was approved Monday (March 6, 2017) by the Board of Commissioners.

Manager Ed Wagner said the bulk of the money, if awarded, would be used to solve storm water management problems that have plagued the park’s playing soccer, baseball, and other playing fields for years. After even moderate rains some fields become saturated, covered by shallow ponds, and cannot be used by athletic programs until sufficiently dried.

Related (to grants for and drainage issues at Gerald Richards Park):

The money also would pay for improvements to its parking lots, two baseball fields located at the park’s south end near Coventry Christian Academy, and patching and other repairs to deteriorated trails across the park, Wagner said. They’re consistently used by walkers, runners, and bicyclists during warmer months.

Bursich Associates, in its capacity as township engineer, is preparing plans and a package to seek bids for the work, commissioners learned.

The township must demonstrate it can match the grant award, if received. Much of the match, Wagner said, will come from other grants already awarded, as well from money spent on township-specific maintenance and projects at the park, and donations received from local contributors of cash and in-kind services.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ March 6 meeting):

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