HIGH PROVIDENCE – Delaware County officials are putting plans in place to add a new playground and improve the Rose Tree Park mall.
The $ 2 million project follows the 2015 Rose Tree Park master plan that the county prepared for the improvement of the 118-acre park which is a popular location for concerts, cross-country races, and early memorials. county stakeholders.
Recently, the Delaware County planning and parks departments, along with design consultants from Pennoni Associates Inc., held an open house in the park to show residents the designs for the new playground including construction. is scheduled for Rose Tree Park in 2022.
“It’s an important destination playground. It has separate areas for age groups and a climbing tower. It is quite impressive. There are a few in the region of this magnitude, ”Council member Elaine Paul Schaefer said in a recent telephone interview. “We are trying to make this one inclusive for children of all abilities as well.”
The open house showcased design projects and concepts on display for participants to give their ideas and feedback on the project. County staff and Pennoni professionals were on hand to gather feedback and answer questions on the posted design concept drafts.
The county also shared a video of the plans for the Kompan Inc. gaming building, a nationally recognized builder of large-scale playing surfaces.
Delaware County received a $ 200,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to help with the final design and development of a destination playground in the park.
The playground will be in the center of the park and will include sections for older and younger children
The project also includes landscaping and stormwater management.
Three buildings still stand from when Rose Tree Park was a fox hunting club, including the Hunt Club Building, Leedom House, and the 18th-century Rose Tree Tavern, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was removed from busy Providence Road in 2004 and is now home to the County Visitor Center.
Schaefer said the plan is part of a project to improve three county parks and officials are considering economies of scale to get the job done together. In addition to Rose Tree, Little Flower Manor in Darby and Upland Park are expected to see improvements.
“We got the money for the design of the DCNR, they are finishing the engineering and the design of the three and Rose Tree is the first to come before the county council,” she said.
Funding for the other two parks is expected to come from both DCNR and federal money from the American Rescue Relief Plan; however, this money is not available for the Rose Tree project. Currently, they have $ 700,000 for the DCNR Rose Tree project and Council will consider using the remainder of the $ 2 million budget as a capital project at their November meetings.
The new playground will be to the left of the main path and will not affect the memorial or the veterans circle, Schaefer said. It will have paved pathways to connect it to the parking lot and other areas with the idea that when people use one of the other facilities, the amphitheater or veterans memorials, they can visit the playground .
During the recent presentation of the plans, some residents requested more shading and fencing. One person asked for more inclusive features for children of all abilities.
The playground will have different areas for different age groups. A 5-12 age group has a large climbing tower, and there will be a swing area, a spinning area and an area for children aged 2 to 5.
Council discussions will include discussions on fundraising. For residents with comments or ideas, they can email them to [email protected]