During the September 7th meeting of Conshohocken’s Borough Council, there was a presentation on two new pocket parks that the borough is in the initial stages of developing.
The first is at West Second Avenue and Fayette Street, which is the location of the Conshohocken Veterans Memorial and The Family statue. The memorial has existed since 1928 and the statue was added in 1999.
The conceptual plan for the space would see it continue as a memorial, but West Second Avenue would now be closed and the revamped space would have a stage added with a semi-covered lawn area. In addition, there would be new land and hardscaping and seating added. The top of the street would have a traffic loop for vehicles.
The second new park discussed is the Raymond Ludwig Weinmann, Sr. Memorial Park on the property that the borough purchased from Weinmann’s estate earlier this year that surrounds The Outbound Station on three sides. It is adjacent to the Schuylkill River Trail. This park would consist mostly of grass and trees with a walkway and some seating. The area now consists of a parking lot with 30-40 spaces with some grass and trees. In the above rendering, there is parking in the top left, however, Ray Sokolowski, executive director of operations for the borough, shared during the presentation that the parking would likely not be included in the final plan.
The addition of these two parks will add to the existing plan for two pocket parks along Fayette Street, the first along the western 600 block of Fayette Street and the second at East 8th Avenue and Fayette Street. During the September 7th meeting, the borough’s solicitor provided an update on the agreements between the property owners and the borough as the plan for these parks moves forward.
If all of these pocket parks come to fruition, there will be four parks on or just off Fayette Street between the bridge and eighth avenue.
More to come.
Images: Borough of Conshohocken