Monday, September 21, 2020

Open House Highlights Upgrades at Ellis Woods Park

An open house to celebrate the opening of a user-friendlier Ellis Woods Park will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 from 12 to 5 p.m.

The park is located at 855 Ellis Woods Road in East Coventry township.  

With a $67,000 in grants from the following, the township was able to hire a professional landscape architect team to create a sign system that will enable park users to have a more informative “Walk Through the Park:”
  • · $20,000 grant from Pottstown Area Health and Wellness
  • · $20,000 from the Schuylkill Highlands mini-grant program
  • · $27,000 matching funds from the Township Open Space Fund
In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources also awarded the township a grant of $76,000 for the landscaping including two natural areas planted as wildflower meadows. 

The township has added benches for guests to watch a game of pickle ball or just be with their children as everyone enjoys their beautiful new park. 

The William Penn Foundation paid the township's landscape planner, Rick Trailes, from Natural Lands for his design and expertise. The township then matched the $76,000 from our open space account.

The 53-acres behind the township building acquired using the township open space funds will have a half-mile birding loop, a one-mile farm loop, a half-mile meadow loop and a half-mile trail along Pigeon Creek, all color coded with different icons.

Visitors will first notice a new historically significant sign that will feature stone pillars that were used in Chester County to hold up barn lofts, that will be all hand pointed. The best photo taken that day at our new sign will be in the next township newsletter with a complimentary gift basket. 

Activities that day will include:
  • Hunters of the Sky program from 1 to 2 p.m. under the pavilion will feature live hawks and owls by Dawn White of Indian Run Environmental Education Center;
  • Pickle ball demonstrations and a dedication of the courts to Anne Sage;
  • Ice cream and beverages from Kolb’s Dairy and Farm Store;
  • Guided bird tours
The wearing of a mask and social distancing is requested.

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