Memorial Park Connections Expand with MontCo Grant

POTTSTOWN PA – Another grant, this time in the amount of $200,000, is headed to Pottstown to make proposed improvements in Memorial Park on West King Street that will connect the park and neighboring Pottsgrove Manor to restrooms and hospitality space in Steel River Station, now under construction for the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust.

Award of the grant, to be received by Pottstown Borough, was announced by the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and the county Planning Commission’s Montco2040 program. “The past few months have really underscored the value of our recreational resources here, especially Memorial Park,” Borough Manager Justin Keller said. “This grant will continue the work to improve those resources.”

It represents “a continuing partnership” between the borough and the railroad, with the station as its focus, according to a media release from Colebrookdale. The Montco2040 funding “assists with pathways to and from the station and the park, connecting to PART (Pottstown Area Rapid Transit), Pottsgrove Manor, and the other attractions in the park,” Nathaniel Guest, the trust’s executive director added.

“Pottstown’s parks, trails and historic infrastructure make it a very attractive place to live and visit,” Guest observed. The new station “embodies that fact in its design and construction. We are grateful to Montgomery County for helping us connect them,” he said.

The railroad is a public-private partnership that links Berks and Montgomery counties. It is powered by private and public grants, donations, and volunteers. Berks recently received an award for innovation in government from the National Association of Counties for its role in the Colebrookdale project.

Photo supplied by the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust