Officials will break ground on construction of a unique nature and water play area in Palmer Park in Coatesville on Thursday, Aug. 16.
The new play area will feature a splash area; a small, constructed creek; several nature play elements; a gathering area with seating; new trees; and more. Palmer Park’s nature-based play area will promote natural play and environmental stewardship.
The groundbreaking ceremony coincides with the Palmer Park Summer Family Fun Fest, which will take place from 4-7 PM and feature water activities, games, music, art, face painting, water ice, and opportunities to learn more about plans for the revitalization of Palmer Park and other parks in the city.
The water and play area is made possible through the Greening Coatesville initiative; a partnership of the City of Coatesville, Natural Lands, and Brandywine Health Foundation. Major financial support has been provided through a Building Better Communities Grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
The project also received funding from NRPA and The Walt Disney Company’s Meet Me at the Park Play Spaces Program. Additional support comes from the Chester County Municipal Grant Program, ArcelorMittal, and gifts to Natural Lands’ Campaign for Humans and Nature.
Invited speakers include:
- Linda Lavender Norris, President, Coatesville City Council
- State Sen. Andy Dinniman
- State Rep. Harry Lewis
- Chester County Commissioners
- James Bookman, Chair, Coatesville Parks and Recreation Commission
- Molly Morrison, President, Natural Lands
- Vanessa Briggs, President, Brandywine Health Foundation
- Terry Maenza, Pennsylvania American Water
Palmer Park is located at North 9th Avenue and East Chestnut Street.