State Grant to Expand Trail in Lower Pottsgrove, Pottstown

HARRISBURG PA – A $397,800 grant to help Montgomery County develop portions of the Schuylkill River Trail through Lower Pottsgrove and Pottstown was among several substantial sums awarded Thursday (Dec. 30, 2021) for proposed parks and recreation projects by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Also benefiting from grant awards were:

  • The Pottstown station for the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust,
  • Rehabilitation of Memorial Park in Pottstown,
  • Further development of Limerick Community Park in Limerick,
  • A master site development plan for Green Lane Park in Upper Frederick,
  • The purchase of conservation easements in New Hanover and Upper Frederick,
  • The purchase of passive recreation land in Upper Salford,
  • Rehabilitation of Pennsburg Borough Park in Pennsburg,
  • Development of Independence Park in East Vincent, and
  • Development of Opalanie Park in West Vincent.

Details and amounts

Montgomery County is scheduled to receive $397,800 for development of the Schuylkill River Trail in Lower Pottsgrove Township and Pottstown Borough. The work to include construction of approximately 0.95 miles of trail from the Pottstown Borough line to the US 422 Bridge, Americans With Disabilities Act access, landscaping, project signage, and other related site improvements;

Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, $130,000, for rehabilitation of Colebrookdale Station in Pottstown. Work will include construction of a patio, pedestrian walkway, and parking area, installation of lighting, American with Disabilities Act access, landscaping, project signage, and other related site improvements;

Montgomery County, $75,000, to prepare a master site development plan for the 3,400-acre Green Lane Park in Upper Frederick Township. Work would include a written, bound report;

Natural Lands Trust Inc., $500,000, for payment toward a conservation easement on approximately 455 acres in New Hanover and Upper Frederick townships, to be used for open space and passive recreation;

Pennsburg, $70,000, for the rehabilitation of Pennsburg Borough Park. Its work includes construction of an internal loop trail; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, American with Disabilities Act access, landscaping, project signage, and other related site improvements;

Pottstown, $150,000, for rehabilitation of Memorial Park along the Manatawny Creek, with stream bank stabilization of 200 feet along the creek, installation of pedestrian bridge and riparian forest buffer, American with Disabilities Act access, landscaping, project signage, and other related site improvements;

Upper Salford Township, $161,500, to be applied as payment toward the acquisition of about 22 acres along Spring Mt. Road in Upper Salford for passive recreation;

Chester County, $60,000, to prepare a countywide trail plan as a written, bound report;

East Vincent Township, $300,000, for development of Independence Park. Its work would include construction of a pavilion, internal loop trail, and parking area, American with Disabilities Act access, landscaping, project signage, and other related site improvements; and

West Vincent Township, $250,000, for development of Opalanie Park. Work is scheduled for construction of a pavilion, fishing pier, pedestrian walkway, internal loop trail, parking area and storm water management measures, installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, American with Disabilities Act access, landscaping, project signage, and other related site improvements.

Four Berks County projects also received awards, in Fleetwood Borough, $250,000; Muhlenberg Township, $143,500; the city of Reading, $237,000; and Topton Borough, $247,000.

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