Delaware County Parks Facilities Projects

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The County is designing and developing outdoor recreation facilities improvements at three County-owned parks: Rose Tree County Park, two projects at Upland County Park and the first phase of the park at the Little Flower open space.

The following parks facilities improvement projects at Delaware County-owned parks are highlighted on this page:

Rose Tree County Park Playground Project
Little Flower Open Space – Park Development, Phase I
Upland County Park Playground Redevelopment
Upland County Park Athletic Field Project

In the fall of 2020, the County contracted with Pennoni Associates, Inc. for design and construction administration services for all three parks. New phases and expanded budgets were added to the projects and Pennoni's contract was modified and approved by County Council in November 2021. One of the project additions includes a new athletic  field at Upland County Park. For more details on each of the three parks, please see details below or click the above links.

Rose Tree County Park Playground Project

The County is developing a Playground and Pedestrian Mall Expansion within Rose Tree County Park.

Project Summary

Following the development of conceptual recommendations in the master plan for Rose Tree Park in 2015, Delaware County was awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to assist in the final design and development of a destination playground and expansion of the pedestrian mall at the Park, located at 1671 N. Providence Road in Upper Providence Township. Through a competitive process, Pennoni Associates Inc. was selected as the design and construction oversight consultant.  

The project scope of work includes the following improvements:

A large “destination” playground in the center of the park with play equipment for older and younger children

Extension of the existing concrete paved pedestrian mall and walkway

Related amenities, landscaping, and stormwater management

On October 18, 2021, an Open House was held at the park for the design project. Residents came to learn about the planned playground, see draft designs and concepts on display, and give their ideas and input on the project. County staff and professionals from Pennoni were on hand to take comments and answer questions on the displayed draft design concepts. Comments and conversations with the public at the open house and in the weeks following were instrumental in refining conceptual designs into final plans.

Status Update: April 2022

In late March 2022, Pennoni completed the final design and construction bid package for the project. The County has been going through permitting and DCNR approval steps. On April 6, 2022, County Council gave approval to advertise for the construction of the new playground at Rose Tree Park. In April 2022, Council approved the project for to advertise for bids for procuring materials and a construction contractor. Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2023, given the lead time needed for materials procurement, and to avoid opening the playground in the winter season.
In the months since the Public Open House in October 2021 and the comment period thereafter, changes were made to the design of the playground, carefully considering suggestions and comments from the public and incorporating some of the ideas into the design. One major factor in the changes were calls for increased accessibility and inclusivity in the overall design and that of the playground equipment.  
Graphics showing the updated design concepts are viewable at the following links: 

Little Flower Open Space – Park Development, Phase I

The County is developing the first phase of park development at its Little Flower Open Space in Darby Borough.

In 2018, the Delaware County Planning Department developed a master plan for a new park at the County’s the Little Flower Manor Open Space in Darby Borough and Upper Darby Township. This 32-acre property, located at 1215 Springfield Road, Darby, PA, was acquired by the County in 2016. The County was awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for the design and development of "Phase I-A" of the park. The scope of work included the development of design and construction documents from a professional services consultant, and park infrastructure improvements using a construction contractor. This phase includes installation of pedestrian walkways, access drive and parking area; the installation of park signage and a community garden; ADA access, landscaping, project signage and related site improvements. 

In November 2021, County Council approved a supplement to the project, increasing the scope to allow the addition of Phase I-B to the project, which features an additional parking lot and a tot-lot.   

Upland Park Playground Redevelopment

The County is upgrading an existing playground within Upland County Park.

Upland County Park, on 280 6th Street in Upland Borough, features a playground with older structures and surfacing that could use an upgrade. The scope of the current project is to design and build a new playground area on the same general location. This is consistent with the park's 2015 master plan . The new playground area included in this project will contain new playground structures, benches, rubberized safety surfacing, landscaping, sidewalk and pathways, and signage. Delaware County was awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to assist in the final design and development.

In March 2022, the Upland Park Playground project final design specifications were completed and the County advertised for bidding to hire a construction contractor. The awarding of contract to a construction firm is on County Council’s agenda for May 3rd, 2022. The renovated park is expected to be completed by the Fall of 2022.

A set of graphics showing the playground design is viewable at the following link: 

Upland Park Athletic Field Project

The County is developing a multi-sport athletic field at Upland County Park, including a natural turf surface, field lighting, and paved walking path loop.

Upland County Park, on 280 6th Street in Upland Borough, is the home field for multiple youth athletic leagues in sports such as football and softball. Because of its heavy use and demand, the County has undertaken a project to improve a natural grass multi-purpose athletic field south adjacent to the playground that is planned for improvement.

The rectangular field will overlap with an existing softball field, also being improved. New sports lighting for both the softball and football fields be provided, along with a paved loop walking trail. This lighting and a new field would greatly improve the playing conditions for the sports leagues who use the park. Just like the playground described above, this field at this location is consistent with the 2015 master plan for Upland County Park.

As of April 2022, design and permitting for the field is underway and ongoing.
The current plan showing the field and pathway adjoining the new playground is viewable at the following link:

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