Lower Moreland Township wanted to redevelop Elkins Field, a 6-acre recreation/meadow area along Pennypack Creek in the southern portion of the township. Pennypack Trail borders the creek and offers the opportunity to make recreational connections from Elkins Field to other parts of Montgomery County.
RETTEW created a master site development plan for Elkins Field, which involved returning the site to a more natural state to serve residents and visitors alike by repurposing the park to focus on passive recreation. RETTEW was involved in the Township-led public participation process and coordinated all plan elements, including the analysis, design, concept plans, cost estimates, and identification of potential funding sources.
The master site development plan includes a boardwalk and bridge to facilitate bicycling, running, and walking activity at and through Elkins Field; interpretive signage to support wildlife viewing, habitat protection, and opportunities for environmental education; and streambank restoration including native plantings to improve stormwater and flood management for the park and neighboring properties.
This project was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, using the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.