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Refurbish Plans At Richards Park Moving Ahead

SANATOGA PA – Progress continues on plans to refurbish what is Lower Pottsgrove’s fourth largest, but most frequently used and popular, recreational facility: Gerald Richard Park on Buchert Road.

Richards contains 30.8 acres, according to township records. That pales in comparison to 54 acres at Sanatoga Park, on South Sanatoga Road; 45.1 acres in Snell, Norton, and Kelius Park, accessed from Snell Road and Shire Drive; and 34.8 acres in Ringing Rocks Park, North Keim Street. All have specific amenities and benefits, but Richards is where an abundance of users congregate on any given weekend.

It’s teeming with kids playing soccer and baseball, given the season. Richards also offers a paved fitness trail, a colorful children’s playground, and parking.

But the fields can be soggy, due to persistent drainage problems, engineers report. There’s not enough parking, and of what’s available some of it not easily usable. The trail, installed years ago, does not meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards. It could use another team practice field, too. Refurbishing in several phases is hoped to cure all those ills.

The township Board of Commissioners, its Parks and Recreation Board, and the Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Coordinator have worked to find a variety of grants and other funding sources to make changes that ensure Richards Park remains popular for years to come. The more than $300,000 project is slowly inching ahead, township engineering representative Chad Camburn assured commissioners last week (June 2, 2018).

Lower Pottsgrove received good news during June from the Montgomery County Conservation District, which suggested only minor modifications to the plans, Camburn said. They have already been revised and resubmitted to the district board for approval. There’s no time frame yet for when work may start, but the township hopes some components might be under way by fall.

  • Full disclosure: Sanatoga Post Managing Editor Joe Zlomek is a member of the Lower Pottsgrove Parks and Recreation Committeee.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ July 2 meeting):

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