Saturday, February 11, 2012

Kickoff Meetings For Delco Open Space, Recreation, & Greenway Plan Greenway and Open Space Plan

The Delaware County Planning Department is working on a County Open Space, Recreation and Greenway Plan. The Department will host two meetings on February 23rd to kickoff the public involvement component of the plan.

radnor trail

For trail enthusiasts the main point of interest will be the development of a Greenway Plan for Western Delaware County. This plan will complement the existing Greenway Plan for the Darby Creek Watershed. The plan will lay out a vision for linear green corridors to link the county’s open spaces and connect to people.

In the general planning world the term "greenway" doesn't always mean "multi-use trail". Trail advocates are sometimes disappointed when then find out that a greenway plan is only addressing the preservation of natural stream valleys. However the announcement for these meetings offers a refreshing clarification  - "Not all parts of a county greenway network will have public access, but planning a potential countywide trail network within the greenway network is an objective of the Plan."

Municipalities to be included in the study:
Aston, Bethel, Chadds Ford, Chester, Concord, Edgmont, Lower Chichester, Marple, Middletown, Nether Providence, Newtown, Ridley, Springfield, Thornbury, Upper Chichester, and Upper Providence Townships; Brookhaven, Chester Heights, Eddystone, Marcus Hook, Media, Morton, Parkside, Ridley Park, Rose Valley, Rutledge, Swarthmore, Trainer, and Upland Boroughs; and the City of Chester.

Meeting times on February 23rd

  •  4-6 p.m. at the Springfield Township Building. 
  •  7-9 p.m. in the county council meeting room in the Government Center in Media.