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