Delaware County Opens New Upland Park Playground

UPLAND – Delaware County, local and federal officials recently broke ground on the site of a playground and field at Upland Park.

The field will be a natural grass area which will include a full size football pitch and will also host soccer and lacrosse. State-of-the-art lighting will allow for nighttime use, and a paved walking path will surround both the pitch and the play area.

The playground will be constructed in a way that children of all ages and abilities can enjoy the facility, officials said.

Sensory activities will be included for children with special needs. The playground was designed to promote the social, emotional, mental and physical well-being of children while developing their fine motor skills, gross motor skills and coordination, officials said.

“We are extremely excited to invest in this playground as well as other open spaces across the county,” said Delaware County Council Vice President Elaine Schaefer. “It’s a very smart investment that will benefit our residents and attract visitors.

Schaefer was joined at the inauguration ceremony by U.S. Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, a Democrat from Swarthmore; Marc Manfre, Delaware County Parks and Recreation Director; Upland Mayor William Dennon and the Upland Hurricane football team.

The playground and fields are part of a three-phase, $1.6 million county investment in the nearly 60-acre Upland Park, which is the fourth largest park in the county.

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Upland Park’s new playground will include facilities for all children and abilities. (Courtesy of DELAWARE COUNTY COUNCIL)

The first phase of the project includes new playground structures, benches, rubberized safety surfacing, landscaping, sidewalks, pathways and signage.

The second is the installation of a new multi-purpose sports field, lighting and walking path, which is designed and built to manage storm water at the site.

The final part of the project will include replacing the roof and completing other structural renovations to Redwood Senior Center next year.

“Open spaces, playgrounds and sports fields add to the quality of life for residents and are an investment in our youth,” Manfre said while thanking county officials and partners working to make this happen. produce. “We are excited to open the park next fall.”

Harold B. McConnell