Construction on First Avenue Linear Park expected to begin in the fall - The Times Herald


UPPER MERION — With the latest inflow of funds, it won’t be too long before folks in King of Prussia will be enjoying those First Avenue Linear Park amenities that have been envisioned for years.

It was recently announced that Gov. Tom Wolf and the PA Office of the Budget awarded nonprofit business advocacy group King of Prussia District (KOP-BID) a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant in the amount of $1 million to support Phase 2 of the First Avenue Linear Park in Moore Park KOP.

“We received $2.4 million for the first phase of the Linear Park several years ago,” noted Eric Goldstein, executive director of King of Prussia District. “We still haven’t moved that to construction yet, although we do open bids for that on Aug. 22, so we’re getting very close to construction for the first round of grant money that we received.”

Goldstein predicted that construction could begin as early as October.

Although the entire Linear Park, a collaboration between King of Prussia District, Upper Merion Township, PennDOT and many private property owners, will take years to complete, a finished first-phase, 450-foot patch of the area, was showcased as a little preview for a small group back in May, 2017.

“That was to show people what the full park would look like,” Goldstein recalled.

The project that will ultimately transform a stretch of sidewalks and grass that is much longer than it is wide and is billed as a one-of-a kind recreational amenity for 20,000 Moore Park KOP workers and the community, turning commercial lawns into a close-knit space for walking, running or just hanging out on a sunny day, had its fantasy-like beginnings about four years prior to the debut of that crafted space.“That was to show people what the full park would look like,” Goldstein recalled.The project that will ultimately transform a stretch of sidewalks and grass that is much longer than it is wide and is billed as a one-of-a kind recreational amenity for 20,000 Moore Park KOP workers and the community, turning commercial lawns into a close-knit space for walking, running or just hanging out on a sunny day, had its fantasy-like beginnings about four years prior to the debut of that crafted space.

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