Acceptance of the Exton Park Master Site Development Plan will be on the Board of Supervisors’ May 24th agenda. Urban Research and Development Corporation (URDC) and the volunteer Study Committee have completed the Exton Park Master Plan. It has been reviewed and endorsed by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
A strong consensus emerged from the public input process to keep Exton Park as natural as possible. The Study Committee followed that preference while keeping development and annual operating costs in mind. Improvements recommended in the attached final site plan include:
- retaining and enhancing sensitive environmental sections of the park through the addition of riparian buffers, natural meadows and rain gardens;
- creating a new recreational area near the intersection of Ship and Swedesford Roads including a natural play area, picnic pavilions, dog park, multi-purpose lawn area for sports and community gatherings, and parking;
- adding amenities to the existing Township multi-purpose athletic fields near the County tot lot and the Chester Valley Trail, including parking, restrooms, a natural play area and event green;
- adding mowed and paved trails and a boardwalk and viewing platform by the pond; and
- retaining much of the current agricultural use of the park.
The initial rough estimate for development of the draft concept plan is $6.5 million. Development would occur in phases over the next 10-15 years.