EAST MARLBOROUGH >> The new Unionville Community Park officially opened Monday, Sept. 1, at a dedication ceremony attended by more than 30 people.
“This is a very significant moment for East Marlborough Township and it’s a project that has been in the works for a long, long time,” said Cuyler Walker, supervisors’ chairman at East Marlborough.
Bulldog Construction did work on the 20-acre park. Funding came largely from a $680,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Rescources, a grant of #355,000 from the Chester County Parks and Recreation and a grant of $162,000 from the Pennsylvania Greenway Trails.
“This was a true partnership at the governmental level,” Walker said. “Without support from the county and state, this would not be possible.”
Walker said discussion for a community park began in 1994.
“At the time, there was a plan to put in 89 townhomes,” Walker said. “That would have fundamentally changed the character of the village of Unionville.”
The township acquired the land after years of discussions with the property owner, Walker said.
The park has a paved asphalt trail that runs south to a stretch of boardwalk over a wetlands area. The path includes a viewing platform and another stretch of boardwalk over another wetlands area. The parking area includes space for 30 vehicles.
The park opening is just the first of three phases. Other phases could include a playground, a ballfield and a dog park.
Sen. Dominic Pileggi and Rep. Chris Ross attended the event.
Among other contributions: Longwood Gardens, $25,000, East Lynn Grange, 9,000, WalMart, 1,000 and Land Trust of Southern Chester County, $500. A in-kind donation was received from the Red Clay Valley Association, and Doug Mooberry donated two benches valued at $2,000 that will be installed later.