Foy Park Planting Party a Step to Control Flooding

LOWER FREDERICK PA – A total of 41 trees and another 11 shrubs native to western Montgomery County were planted Friday (Nov. 18, 2022) in Foy Park, on Main Street in Lower Frederick, thanks to efforts of the township Parks and Recreation Board and the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy.

Foy Park Planting Party a Step to Control Flooding
For some, Friday’s planting party became a family affair

They succeeded in starting a riparian buffer, an area of plantings designed to make the park more flood-resilient. A significant portion of the park, bordered on its east side by the Perkiomen Creek, was devastated by flood waters created during the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in September 2021.

The group of more than 20 park board volunteers and conservancy representatives worked side-by-side during a plant-a-thon of about two hours. They were given brief instructions, and then provided adequate spacing for the plants, dug and fertilized holes, set and rooted the trees, and then covered their young trunks with protective sheathing.

Foy Park Planting Party a Step to Control Flooding
Volunteers benefited from planting instructions

The board reports that creating the buffer is only the first phase of the resiliency plan. In the future the township hopes to include erosion controls in a key area of the creek bank. It also has explored creating a permanent canoe and kayak portage ramp that will comply with Americans With Disabilities Act standards.

Photos provided by the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy and used with permission