City of Coatesville Parks 2021: An Action Plan for Thriving Parks and Healthy People
The City of Coatesville, Natural Lands, and Brandywine Health Foundation have completed a study of the City’s parks, recreation opportunities, and other green amenities. The plan – entitled “City of Coatesville Parks 2021: An Action Plan for Thriving Parks and Healthy People” – was developed by Natural Lands and Ann Toole Recreation Planning with input from hundreds of community residents. It includes a series of recommendations aimed at prioritizing needed improvements to existing facilities and programs as well as ways to build community involvement.
Coatesville’s City Council received a presentation about the plan in August from Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands. “Throughout the planning process we were thrilled with the amount of public support for providing safe, thriving places where the community can come together through play,” Morrison said. “This plan provides a road map for building on that exceptional level of community engagement to enhance the City’s parks.” The plan was shared with residents at an open house in September.
The first implementation step in the plan was completed on October 7th when PECO, the City, KaBOOM!, Natural Lands, and community members came together to build a new playground in Patton Park in just one day.
Funding for “City of Coatesville Parks 2021” was provided through the Brandywine Health Foundation with support from ArcelorMittal, PECO, the Philadelphia Foundation, and the Chester County Community Foundation.