Township Receives $150K ‘Montco 2040’ Grant For Wynnewood Park
Lower Merion Township has received a 2019 Montco 2040 Implementation Grant of $150,000 for a stream restoration project at Wynnewood Valley Park. The grant, aimed at implementing the Montgomery County comprehensive plan, called Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, is one of 15 recently awarded by the Montgomery County Commissioners totaling more than $1.6 million.
The Township will restore 1,550 linear feet of stream in the 11-acre Wynnewood Valley Park, including the implementation of flood mitigation and sediment reduction measures. Wynnewood Valley is a well-used open space in the Penn Wynne neighborhood, and includes areas for recreation such as basketball and tennis courts, a playground, a sensory garden, and walking trails. The stream restoration will help to reduce erosion, improve water quality, and enhance access to the stream for local residents.
“Wynnewood Valley Park is one of the treasures in our Township, and blends seamlessly into the surrounding neighborhood,” said Donna Heller, Lower Merion’s director of Parks & Recreation. “We are very grateful to the County for their support of our efforts with the stream.”
The Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program is intended to assist municipalities in making targeted physical improvements that achieve real progress toward the goals of Montco 2040 and its themes of Connected Communities, Sustainable Places, and Vibrant Economy. Since the county program’s inception in 2016, more than $5.5 million has been awarded to projects.
Projects were evaluated in terms of impact, county and local planning consistency, project readiness, and funding attributes by a committee made up of Planning Commission board members and interdepartmental county staff. Projects were also given heightened consideration when addressing one of three focus categories for 2019: Walk/Bike Montco – Trails, Paths, Sidewalk Connections and Bike Facilities; Downtown and Community Destination Support; or Adaptation and Resiliency.
The County also awarded the Borough of Narberth with a $27,400 grant to purchase and install bicycling infrastructure in its downtown to support multi-modal transportation options. Improvements include signage, bicycle parking, a public repair station, and drinking water fountain in the town center. The area in which these improvements are placed will help to support the strong community of bike-riders in and around Narberth and supplement recent bicycling improvements in the region, including the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.
Visit www.montcopa.org/Montco2040GrantProgram for more on the grant program and to see all of the grant recipients. For questions or more information, contact Scott France at (610) 278-3747 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.