Montco open space project to be lauded
Representatives from two conservation groups are expected to attend Thursday's Montgomery County commissioners meeting to thank the commissioners for preserving open space in Springfield and Upper Dublin Townships.
Members of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association and the Natural Lands Trust are scheduled to address the commissioners regarding the Piszek Open Space Project.
In June, the county and the two townships, in which the property is located, pooled their money to pay $50,000 for about 34 acres, which include a half-mile stretch of the Sandy Run Creek.
The land had been owned by the estate of Edward J. Piszek, one of the founders of the frozen seafood business Mrs. Paul's Kitchens.
George Washington and his troops made their headquarters on the 90.6-acre property in the winter of 1777 before moving to Valley Forge.
"It was really a collaborative effort where the county was able to work alongside two local governments," said Commissioner Leslie S. Richards. "We all pitched in an equal amount and were able to preserve open space that will benefit everybody."
The plan is to develop public recreation, nature trails, and a hard-surface trail along the creek. The rest of the Piszek property is expected to become a residential development. - Carolyn Davis