Mineral Hill Area Master Plan
Final Plan Released
Delaware County approved the Mineral Hill Area Parks Master Site Plan on August 27, 2014. The plan was prepared for the County by Natural Lands Trust, a local organization with extensive experience in land conservation. Funding for the plan was provided by a matching grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), with a financial contribution provided by Aqua PA, and additional in-kind services donated by Natural Lands Trust and Delaware County.
Study Area Background
The Study Area is the 123-acre Mineral Hill Area, located on both sides of Ridley Creek on the north side of Baltimore Pike just west of Media. It is comprised of the County-owned Mineral Hill property and Middletown Township’s Memorial Park on the west side of the creek, and Scott Park and the Township-owned Lavin Tract in Upper Providence on the east side of the creek. Some of the land area is owned by Media Borough and is leased back to the municipalities as well as Aqua PA. The County’s 46.2-acre Mineral Hill property is famous among rock buffs for its wealth of stone specimens and crystals. November 9, 2010 press release.
The Study Area was evaluated as one ecosystem to ensure environmental quality, increase public benefit, and limit redundancy, the planning process allowed each of the municipalities and the County to recommend improvements most suited to their specific needs and desires.
The Master Plan identifies and maps important natural resources, including geology, soils, topography, hydrology, vegetation, and other special characteristics. It also provides information on the properties’ location and context, an analysis of existing conditions, recommendations, and an implementation schedule. The plan makes recommendations concerning stewardship of natural resources, appropriate park uses, trail system layout, site amenities, and possible pedestrian connections beyond the site. The amenities could include, but would not be limited to parking, signage, and recreational facilities.
The Plan is available below in PDF format: