Telford Borough wraps up renovations at Franconiaavenue Park
What used to be a 1950s-style playground at Franconia Avenue Park between Branch Avenue and Third Street in Telford has transformed into a bright, modern recreational area thanks to Borough Manager Mark Fournier and Parks and Recreation foreman Gary Yoder and his team of workers.
The park is open to the public and now features a climbing wall, new slides and swings, a walking path, picnic tables and benches.
There are still a few things that will be added, such as a security lamp, a handicapped ramp, railings and some landscaping.
The park project started the second week in August, and Fournier expects the park to be done in November or December, when the borough will host a lunch in the park with hot dogs, snacks and sodas.
“We’re going to have a little meet-and-greet and ribbon-cutting,” Fournier said. “We just don’t have a date for it yet.”
Telford Borough acquired a Community Development Block Grant from Montgomery County for $162,940, but Fournier expects the borough will not need to use the full amount for the park. The rest of the money will go back to the county to be reallocated. Finance Director Craig Davies handled the grant administration for the project.
The borough was responsible for the engineering plan of the playground as well as the labor, while the grant money was used for the materials.
“The goal was basically to build a park in the neighborhood that it serves that would improve recreational opportunities for the chil- dren of the community, make the park a safer and better playground environment and keep it cost effective,” Fournier said.
The feedback about the park has been “very positive,” Fournier said.
“It’s full now,” Yoder said. “You hear that from the neighbors.”
Liz Wallace, a resident of the area who goes to the Franconia Avenue Park about once a month, said she really liked the new park.
“It has a huge walking path,” Wallace said, adding that she
takes her dog there.
According to Fournier, in the past 10 years or so, the borough has made renovations to three other recreational areas in addition to the one at Franconia Avenue Park. The other playgrounds at Stover Park, Summit Avenue Park and the Telford Community Building have all different designs and layouts.
“We’re getting pretty good at this,” Fournier said. “These guys are getting to be pros at putting together playground equipment.”
Yoder said some community groups, such as a mom’s group and a nursery school group, have held meetings in the borough’s parks.
The renovations at the Telford Community Building are still ongoing, and Fournier said the project is about 75 percent done. Bucks County gave the borough a grant of a little more than $18,000 for renovations, which will include some exterior painting and work on the kitchenette and drop ceiling inside.