State grant slated to turn vacant lot into park and trail

EDGMONT TOWNSHIP With the help of a state grant, Edgmont Township is creating its first community park and public trail system.

The township received a $220,000 grant this year from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to turn a 3.3-acre lot next to its municipal building on Gradyville Road into a park with a trail, multipurpose field, pavilion, restrooms, and a small playground. The project will also include a new parking lot, said Catherine Ricardo, assistant to the township manager.

The trail will provide access from Edgmont into Ridley Creek State Park, where, Ricardo said, it will connect to the park's Yellow Trail.

The park, located on township-owned land that is now an open meadow, will be complete in two to three years, Ricardo said.

Edgmont officials are looking for volunteers for a parks and recreation committee that will help clean the site, raise money for the township's matching portion of the grant, and organize community events. - Laura McCrystal