Lower Pottsgrove OKs Bid for Richards Park Project

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – After enduring several years of frustration due in part to required design changes and rising construction costs, the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners last week approved a roughly $181,000 bid made by a Collegeville firm to complete renovations to a parking lot (at top) at the township’s Gerald Richards Park on Buchert Road.

The dirt-and-gravel parking lot near the park entrance has been plagued by drainage problems. The project includes installation of a turf-reinforced parking area to increase its durability, and stormwater controls to help drain away excess water. The work is considered the first of several phases of improvements planned for the large and popular recreation area.

The bid was awarded to James R. Kenney Excavating and Paving of Collegeville. One other firm submitted a bid that was significantly higher. Township Solicitor Charles Garner said board members had the authority to accept the lower bid; “don’t look the gift horse in the mouth,” he added wryly.

A Montgomery County grant is providing $80,000 of the necessary funding. Another $100,000 is being donated to the township for parks and recreation use under an agreement it reached with developers of the Sanatoga Greene residential-and-commercial complex to be built on the west side of Evergreen Road, township Manager Ed Wagner said. The remainder is likely to come from township funds.

The township is under a tight time frame to ensure the project is completed, according to Wagner. Work is anticipated to start soon.

Disclaimer: Post Managing Editor Joe Zlomek is a voluntary member and president of the Lower Pottsgrove Parks and Recreation Board.

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