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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

How to read this plan

INTRODUCTION

Introduction
What is Open Space
What this Open Space Does
The Plan
The Process
The Strategy
The Vision

AUDIT OF 1995 OPEN SPACE PLAN

Introduction
Process
Mapping
Summary of Accomplishments & Gaps in Achieving the 1995 Open Space Plan Goals
Evaluation of Accomplishments & Gaps in Achieving the 1995 Open Space Plan Recommendations

COMMUNITY PROFILE

Historic Background
Regional Setting
Local Setting
Geography
Transportation Infrastructure
Land Use Analysis
       Overview
       Historical Land Use Pattern
       Current Land Use Pattern
       Land Use Summary
Demographic Analysis
       Population Density
       Population Composition by Age
       Income
       Age of Housing Inventory
       Housing Types
       Employment
Growth Projections
Status of Relevant Plans

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Community Survey
Stakeholder Forums
Goals and Objectives

INVENTORY OF EXISTING PROTECTED LANDS

Introduction
Public vs. Private Space
Permanently Protected Lands
       Municipal Park Lands
       Other Municipal Lands
       Public School Lands
       Other Protected Lands
       Conservation Agreement, Deed Restricted Lands
       Homeowner Protected Lands
       Conservancy Lands
Temporarily Protected Lands
       Residential Properties over 5 Acres
       Other Properties over 5 Acres
       Institutional Lands
Conclusion

INVENTORY OF POTENTIALLY VULNERABLE RESOURCES

Introduction
Vulnerable Resource Issues
Resource Conservation Protections
Resource Conservation Areas
Inventory of Potentially Vulnerable Resources
       Historic and Cultural Resources
       Scenic Resources
       Geology
       Topography
       Soils
       Surface Waters
       Vegetation and Wildlife
       Protected Natural Resource Areas
Conservation Opportunities
Heritage Resource Conservation

POTENTIAL OPEN SPACE LINKAGES

Introduction
What are Open Space Linkages
Benefits of Open Space Linkages
Issues Regarding Open Space Linkages
Existing Township Trail Network
Regional Trail Network
Potential Trail Connections

EVALUATION OF RECREATIONAL RESOURCES

Introduction
Summary of Issues Impacting the Township
Assessment of Parks and Recreation Facilities
Recreation Trends in Lower Merion
Summary

ANALYSIS OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

Introduction – What is Green Infrastructure
Types of Green Infrastructure
       Linkages
       Enhancing Commercial Areas
       Provide Green Relief in Underserved Residential Neighborhoods
       Public Spaces
       Parks and Recreational Areas
       Shade Trees
Township-wide Community Greening Coordinator
Green Infrastructure and Montgomery County Open Space Funds

EVALUATION OF OPEN SPACE NEEDS

Introduction
Methodology
Current Needs
Continuing Open Space Needs

RELATIONSHIP TO STATE, COUNTY AND ABUTTING MUNICIPAL PLANS

Pennsylvania
Growing Greener I & II (DCNR)
       Schuylkill River Heritage Trail
       Pennsylvania Greenways Action Plan
Delaware Valley Region
       Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
       Darby Creek Watershed Conservation Plan
       Greenspace Alliance Regional Open Space Report
Montgomery County Municipalities
       West Conshohocken Borough
       Conshohocken Borough
Montgomery County Green Fields Green Towns Program
       Montgomery County Schuylkill River Greenway Stewardship Study
       Upper Merion Township
       Narberth Borough
       Whitemarsh Township
Delaware County Municipalities
       Radnor Township
       Haverford Township
City of Philadelphia
       Philadelphia Planning Commission
       Philadelphia – New River City
       Schuylkill River Development Corporation
       Manayunk Development Corporation
       East Falls Development Corporation
       City Avenue Special Services District
       Green City Strategy
       Fairmount Park Commission

RECOMMENDATIONS

Summary of Analysis in Light of Open Space Needs and Goals
Realities
Inventories
Opportunities
Possibilities
Recommendations
 New Playfields
 Create an ‘Emerald Necklace’ of Linked Open Spaces
Schuylkill River Trail
       Section 5
       Section 4
       Harry Olsen Trail
       Section 2
       Section 1
Township-Wide Pedestrian Bicycle Network
Bridlewild Network
R-6 Rail to Trail
Rockland Avenue Bridge
Create new Open Spaces in Commercial and Underserved Residential Neighborhoods
Preserve and Enhance the Greene Country Towne
       Gateways
       Corridors
       Streets
       Nodes
Additional Green Infrastructure Recommendations
Permanently Protect Institutions and Large Properties over 5-Acres
Natural Resource Protection
       Recreation Recommendations
       Heritage Resource Protection
Recommended Ordinances or Methods to Protect Open Space Other Than Through Investment

IMPLEMENTATION

Introduction
Partnerships
Schuylkill River Trail
Create an ‘Emerald Necklace’ of Linked Open Spaces
Locate and Develop New Athletic Fields
Create New Open Spaces in Underserved Residential Areas
Create New Open Spaces in Commercial Areas
Green Infrastructure Enhancements
Establish a Multi-use Trail along the R-6 Line from Cynwyd Station to Manayunk
Implement the Township-Wide Pedestrian Bicycle Plan
Heritage Resource Protection
Sources of Funding and Technical Assistance