Little Flower Manor Park Master Site Plan
The County is developing a park master site development plan for its recently acquired property in Darby Borough and Upper Darby Township.
The purpose of the master plan is to produce a plan for the development of the newest County Park, with recommendations to best meet the needs of the public. Attention will be given to making connections to surrounding communities and evaluating existing buildings, such as the Woodburne Mansion, for future reuse possibilities. Use of the site as a trailhead for the Darby Creek Greenway Trail will be evaluated as well.
The County was awarded a $52,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to undertake this project. The property is located adjacent to Springfield Road, Darby Creek, and the Little Flower Manor nursing home.
Although the County has only recently taken ownership of this newest County Park, it has been hard at work in trying to stabilize and protect the buildings and grounds. This park is an important opportunity for citizens countywide, especially those in eastern Delaware County. Parks help to improve the quality of life, increase property values, attract and retain businesses, connect people with nature, create a sense of community, and help our residents to engage in active healthy living.
Questions about the master plan? Contact Karen Holm at 610-891-5213 or email@example.com.
Master Plan Update
The County has hired a project consultant team led by TPW Design Studios, with sub-consultants Campbell Thomas & Co. and Toole Recreation Planning, to assist the County with this project. A Study Committee of County staff, County Park Board members, community representatives, and other stakeholders, will provide input into the planning process over the course of the project.
Public Meeting #1
The first public meeting for the Little Flower Manor Master Site Development Plan was held on February 21, 2017, at the Darby Borough Recreation Center. About 60 people attended the meeting.
The meeting began with a presentation by Karen Holm of the Delaware County Planning Department and Tim Wilson of TPW Design Studios, detailing background on the site, the scope of work, and key goals for the project and the public meeting.
Most of the meeting was spent on the work session that followed the presentation. It involved gathering public input concerning future use of the property and the Woodburne Mansion.
The Planning Team received 178 written ideas about the interests, concerns, and ideas of the participants, as well as open questions to underscore and clarify our findings. Below is a summary of the findings that will be considered in developing a master site plan for the Little Flower Manor open space.
The planning team will consider the information provided by the meeting participants, and will continue to engage the public in additional outreach through interviews, focus groups, and future public meetings in tandem with other research, recreation trends, and community needs. The next public meeting will be announced on this website.
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