Upper Pottsgrove Buying, Holding On To Open Space

Upper Pottsgrove Township Buys, Holds Open Space

Ice forms on Sprogel’s Run during February 2013

POTTSTOWN PA – A collection of properties slowly but steadily being preserved by Upper Pottsgrove Township under its open space program may not only secure the headwaters of Sprogel’s Run but also help create a future trail system, Pottstown Mercury reporter and blog author Evan Brandt reported Saturday (Sept. 21, 2013).

The township most recently purchased 12.23 acres from Renovations by Design, near the intersection of Route 100 and Farmington Avenue. It paid $485,000 for that parcel, according to Brandt, who also quoted Township Commissioner Herb Miller as saying the acquisition ensures a “beautiful vista” toward Douglass (Berks) Township.

Earlier the township spend another $400,00 to buy, also from Renovations by Design, 20.8 acres along Hanover Drive. Those properties, Miller told Brandt, are home to 20 or more natural springs that “produce the clearest, cleanest, best tasting water.”

The combination of these and several other purchases is likely to create an open space corridor across the northern third of the township and connect existing parks with a lengthy trail.

In 2006, Brandt reported, Upper Pottsgrove voters supported a referendum to adopt an earned income tax of 0.25 percent to finance purchases of open space from willing township sellers.