Newsome Property Revitalization Project
The Newsome property is a 4-acre lot in Aston Township, Delaware County, PA that is proposed to be converted into a Township Park and improved with walking paths, picnic areas, stormwater management controls and the re-establishment of two ponds to alleviate area flooding. The property is traversed by Marcus Hook Creek, which enters the property through a storm sewer culvert, daylights through the property, then exits through a culvert that runs underneath Weir Road and into the northeast corner of Weir Park. This project will also replace a large section of the culvert that runs underneath Weir Road in order to remove a “hump” in the pipe which causes tailwater to form upstream of the crossing, flooding the adjacent roadway intersection.
This project, combined with a current Township project to stabilize streambanks within Weir Park will reduce flooding through the area and limit stormwater impacts to adjacent properties. The Township Park proposed at the Newsome property will act as an environmental education park for visitors and will include information stations describing the stormwater controls present on-site and highlighting the importance of the hydrologic cycle and water quality.
The Township is requesting funding for this project through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2). The estimated cost for the project is $565,000, which includes a 50% match from the Township ($282,500).