Media Borough was awarded a grant of $200,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Recreation [DCNR] for a neighborhood park at 5th and Broomall Streets. With matching funds from the Borough’s Capital Fund we will be able to develop the plans created last year by the Neighborhood Planning Committee and landscape architect Tom Fein of NV5.
In November 2017, the Committee, a group of twelve volunteer Media residents, led by Council members Peter Williamson and Amy Johnson, began meeting monthly to share their ideas and vision for the park and help shape its design. Halfway through the series of six meetings the borough’s Tom Fein joined the group, and based on the group’s work, created a concept sketch for the park, which was presented in a public meeting at Borough Hall last April 2.
The park at 5th and Broomall, sited in an area within a short walk of a third of Media residents, will be developed as a passive-use park with plantings, benches and other sitting areas. Neighbors of all ages and abilities will have a beautiful green space to meet each other, chat, relax and enjoy nature. Children will have open space in which they can run and play. The park will encourage exercise and support the health of the community by providing a destination for walkers, joggers and bicyclists.
Last year, DCNR gave the borough a $175,000 Acquisitions grant to purchase the .4 acre property. This year’s grant is a vote of confidence in the borough’s ability to plan and create beautiful parks for its residents.
The 5th and Broomall park design may be viewed HERE