Released: February 17th, 2023
Residents Invited to Share Feedback and Ideas on Delco’s New Park!
As many residents know, the County is in the planning stages for the County’s newest park and the Delco team is extremely excited!
The County’s newest and largest park, which hasn’t been named yet, will be located on the former Don Guanella School site near Reed and Sproul Roads in Marple Township. The future park—site is one of Delco’s largest forests—consists of 213 acres of woodlands, wetlands, grassland, and is home to many wildlife species. The creation of a park on the Don Guanella tract is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create an open and accessible public space that will provide immediate and ongoing economic, environmental, and quality of life benefits to the Delaware County community.
“As we plan for the future of the County’s largest park, we invite residents of all ages from across the county to share their ideas on how we can create a destination park and open space that will benefit all residents,” said Delaware County Council Vice Chair Elaine Paul Schaefer. “We want to hear from residents of all backgrounds and from all corners of our County so that we can create an extraordinary park that will engage our wonderfully diverse population and become a beloved destination for all of Delco!”
The County is holding two Pop-Up Open Houses to get feedback and ideas from residents. Residents are invited to share their concept ideas for the new park, complete a survey to document feedback, and learn where we are in the process and what to expect next. There’s also a Children’s Corner to hear from our youngest residents about what they would love to experience at the park.
Pop-Up Open Houses:
The County has also launched a public opinion survey to find out what residents would like to have in the new park. Take the survey here: DelcoPa.gov/NewParkSurvey
Information provided by residents at our open houses and via the survey will be used in developing the park master plan. Delaware County’s planning team of Toole Recreation Planning, JMT, Natural Lands and Urban Partners is collaborating with County officials in developing the master plan with the draft expected in the Spring.
Learn more about the County's new park and upcoming ways to share feedback at DelcoPa.gov/NewPark.