Park im­prove­ments con­tinue

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

Im­prove­ments at the town­ship’s Ralph Mur­gia Park along Manatawny Creek are con­tin­u­ing, with more on the way.

Town­ship Man­ager Craig Lloyd said the Stowe Li­ons Club re­cently planted 20 trees along the bank of the stream.

The trees were pro­vided by Mont­gomery County and more will be planted in the spring, he said.

The town­ship is also pur­su­ing a grant to help pay to put a pavil­ion at the park.

Re­gional Re­cre­ation Co­or­di­na­tor Michael Lane said he is nearly fin­ished with the ap­pli­ca­tion and said by pair­ing the grant ap­pli­ca­tion with the park’s con­nec­tion to the trail planned to run along the Manatawny from Pottstown’s Me­mo­rial Park and up into Up­per Pottsgrove will help its chances.

Lloyd said the town­ship crew will ex­ca­vate the site and pour the con­crete to cut the costs.

Lane said the town­ship won’t find out about the grant un­til Jan­uary at the ear­li­est, so it will be some months be­fore the project can get un­der­way.

This spring, a $168,658 im­prove­ment project was com­pleted. The most vis­i­ble fea­ture of the im­prove­ment is a new bridge over Goose Run, which sep­a­rates the two halves of the park, which lies along Manatawny Creek.

Ac­cord­ing to Lloyd, in ad­di­tion to sup­ply­ing and in­stalling the bridge, the con­trac­tor ex­tended the paved trail from the ex­ist­ing trail to the bridge and in­stalled a paved land­ing area on the other side of the bridge and in­stalled an ADA-com­pli­ant con­crete pad for a pic­nic ta­ble and an ADA-com­pli­ant sec­tion of paving stream­side.

The im­prove­ments also in­clude an ac­ces­si­ble path­way and a fish­ing plat­form.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

A pavil­ion planned for Mur­gia Park could be used for the West Pottsgrove Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual fish­ing rodeo.

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