Drainage, Lot Work Under Way at Richards Park

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Long-awaited work on drainage improvements to the overflow parking lot at Gerald Richards Park on Buchert Road has begun. Operating at the site Thursday (Sept. 24, 2020), surrounded by bright orange vinyl fencing and ground-level debris traps, were dump trucks and heavy construction equipment owned by James R. Kenney Excavating and Paving of Collegeville.

The company was the successful bidder on the project, valued at nearly $182,000 and awarded Aug. 27 by the township Board of Commissioners. It represents a first phase of several planned upgrades to the park grounds, and currently is limited to replacing the former dirt-and-gravel covering there with a turf-reinforced parking lot, and installing storm water controls to reduce ponding.

Steel teeth on the excavator bucket dug several feet into the ground, exposing and breaking up chunks of rock and earth to be hauled away by waiting trucks (in video above, and photo at top). Some of the removed fill was piled only a few hundred feet away, at the north end of a park soccer field closest to the corner of Buchert and North Pleasant View roads.

Other piles were created in the now-cleared lots on East High Street at South Pleasant View Road, where the township municipal campus may someday be built.

Drainage, Lot Work Under Way at Richards Park

The dusty work didn’t deter a woman and child from enjoying the park’s nearby playground (above).

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

Photos and video by The Post