From a press release
Delaware County Council was thrilled to join the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the county’s Department of Public Works, members of the Parks and Recreation Board, elected officials, and dozens of local football players, cheerleaders and their families to announce the completion of the $1.7 million capital improvement project at Upland Park on September 27.
Spanning 60 scenic acres, Upland Park is the fourth-largest county park and a much-loved part of the community. In the past year, significant improvements have been made to make this park a welcoming gathering place for everyone in the community.
Improvements to Upland Park include:
- A new playground with sensory activities for children with special needs
- Natural grass athletic fields
- Energy-efficient state-of-the-art LED lighting
- ADA-compliant parking spaces
- Environmentally friendly paved walking path
- Stormwater improvements
- Updates to the Redwood Center (including replacement of the roof and new exterior signage)
“One of the many things that makes Delco a great place to live, work, and visit is its broad array of outdoor activities, including trails and paths for hiking and biking, parks, and green spaces for enjoying time with friends and family,” said Council Vice Chair Elaine Paul Schaefer. “Over the past few years, we have seen the ways outdoor space enhances our quality of life and it also has a tangible economic benefit in our community.”
Council’s appreciation of open space is shown through the dramatic expansion and improvement of the county’s park and greenways in recent years. In addition to Delaware County Council’s $1.78 million to upgrade Upland Park, the County’s 2023 capital improvement program includes $9 million for parks, trails, and open space projects. The county has also invested over $17 million in helping municipalities invest in their own green spaces through our Delco Greenways grant program.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provided a grant in the amount of $57,800 to support the project, and to the Office of Housing and Community Development for their grant in the amount of $250,000.