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Open Space
Overview
Please do not rely on facts & figures below - please double check everything with Township website or your Commissioner

In addition to other Open Space purchases,  Montgomery County (in perhaps 06 or 07? ) acquired 100 million for its most recent Open Space Program . The plan was for 1/2 of that to go back to the townships and 1/2 to be used by the county. Abington's portion was  2.95 million  which required a 20% match by the township in order to use. ( or elsewhere it was reported that the total  program is 3.7 million ...? )
 

Some of our Open Space areas include :

Jackson Park off Meadowbrook Rd just East of Hampton
10 acres ( Bought for somewhere around  $600,000 ? with 80/20 Open Space grant funds
No really access exists from the main corridor to this park, Meadowbrook Rd, which prevents residents from really using it .   Neighbors can

Summerford on Forrest Ave across from Alverthorpe Park
5 Acres?  (Bought for something near 2 million?) Many trees will stay - but ball fields will be interspersed

The Grove Property - 1385 Easton Rd
 Do not rely on any of these figures - but believed to be close :
Approved for purchase at  $485,000 this was approved in January 10, 2008 
         ( $97,000 of this is township money $388,000 of this is County open space grant)
 
 History of the prop : March 12, 2007. it  had been sold to a new owner for $276,914  
2008 Commissioners bought it for $485,000 this was approved in January 10, 2008 
         ( $97,000 of this is township money $388,000 of this is County open space grant )
An appraisal came in in February of '08 for $555,000
Feb 4-08 – $2, 700   approval  for environmental study
4 65,000 is estimated cost of razing 3 buildings  - applying also for   80/20 split with the county
It will be deed restricted Open Space – dog park is on part of it or the 9 acres behind it
485,000 purchase + 65,000 raise buildings + 2700 environmental study )

The Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary-  off  Maple Ave.
  the study was done by land concepts, Inc. in 2008, and it was determined that this area was not suitable to put ball fields.   It was suitable for nature trails and very possibly the driveway.  That leads into it from Maple Avenue, could be expanded at me and to include parking for six to eight cars to accommodate more access.  There is a variety of different flora and fauna in this area, including an abundance of deer.

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 



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