The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has awarded a $225,000 grant to East Buffalo Township to assist with Phase I of the development and rehabilitation of the Fairground Road Park. In March 2019, the East Buffalo Township Board of Supervisors (Char Gray, David Rowe and Matt Schumacher) committed matching funds for the DCNR grant.
Phase I of the project is projected to include the following:
- Conversion of a portion of an existing gravel parking lot to a paved parking area with two designated ADA complaint parking spaces.
- Replacement of a pedestrian bridge from the paved parking area to the park. Unlike the existing bridge, the replacement structure will meet ADA requirements.
- Replacement of a collapsing inflow pipe from a small tributary to a manmade pond and restoration of the pond outflow to Limestone Run.
- Construction of a new 1,500 linear foot walking trail, which will encircle the pond and provide three access points to/from the park.
- Planting of trees, shrubs, grasses and meadow seeding to enhance the nature park.
- Adding of riparian buffer plantings to build upon a recent Limestone Run restoration project funded by a PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Growing Greener grant.
- Site amenities will include benches, trash receptacles, a bicycle rack, an education kiosk and signage, most of which are additions for the nature park.
- Replacement of the baseball field dugouts, player benches and sections of chain link fencing directly in front of dugouts to provide added safety and bring the field into league regulations.
The master plan for the Fairground Road Park was developed in concert with YSM Landscape Architects and with input from East Buffalo Township residents.