West Ch­ester to get $200,000 for John O. Green Park

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WEST CH­ESTER >> West Ch­ester Bor­ough will re­ceive a $200,000 grant to im­prove John O. Green Memo­rial Park lo­cated at South Mat­lack and East Miner streets in the bor­ough’s East End.

“John O. Green Park of­fers a safe place for chil­dren to play away from the street and a nice spot to cool down in the hot sum­mer months for those who may not have easy ac­cess to a pool,” state Sen. Andy Din­ni­man said. “It may not be all that large, but it’s vi­tal to our com­mu­nity and im­por­tant to so many kids, fam­i­lies and par­ents in the bor­ough’s East End. This grant fund­ing will help en­sure that we con­tinue to

main­tain, im­prove and en­hance so that it can con­tinue to be en­joyed for years to come.”

The grant fund­ing, which comes through the De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Nat­u­ral Re­sources’s (DCNR) Com­mu­nity Con­ser­va­tion Part­ner­ship Pro­gram (C2P2), will go to­ward the in­stal­la­tion of stormwa­ter man­age­ment mea­sures, ADA ac­cess, land­scap­ing, project sign and other re­lated site im­prove­ments. It will also in­clude stormwa­ter man­age­ment mea­sures that will help the Ch­ester Creek wa­ter­shed.

Cur­rently, the half-acre park, named for a for­mer bor­ough po­lice chief, in­cludes a play area and a wa­ter fea­ture that peo­ple from all over the bor­ough use in the sum­mer to keep their chil­dren cool.

Sev­eral years ago, Din­ni­man, D-19, was piv­otal in work­ing to have Aqua Amer­ica do­nate wa­ter spray equip­ment to the park fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent in which a gas main was rup­tured by a crew work­ing nearby on Miner Street.

The source of fund­ing for the C2P2 grant is the Key­stone Fund, which is cur­rently cel­e­brat­ing 25 years of sup­port­ing thou­sands of com­mu­nity im­prove­ments in Penn­syl­va­nia.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

State Sen. Andy Din­ni­man with com­mu­nity mem­bers and then-West Ch­ester Mayor Car­olyn Comitta at the rib­bon-cut­ting of im­prove­ments to John O. Green Memo­rial Park in 2013. Din­ni­man was piv­otal in work­ing to have Aqua Amer­ica do­nate wa­ter spray equip­ment to the park fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent in which a gas main was rup­tured by a crew work­ing nearby on Miner Street. To­day, he an­nounced that the park would re­ceive $200,000 in state fund­ing for fur­ther up­grades

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