Mineral Hill Area Fact Sheet
These properties are within a particularly scenic portion of the Ridley Creek valley and are located just above a drinking water intake for residents of the area. The area is over 140 acres (Rose Tree Park is 120 acres) and includes other connecting open space along Ridley Creek. The Department of Environmental Protection has designated this section of Ridley Creek a “High Quality/Trout Stocking Fishery” due to its excellent water quality.
In 1992, the Delaware County Natural Areas Inventory identified the Media Wetlands and the adjoining Mineral Hill as areas of local significance and recommended their preservation. These two sites are entirely within the parks’ boundaries.
The EPA’s Delaware Estuary Program found the Media Wetlands to be of sufficient importance for inclusion in a list of worthy restoration and enhancement projects within the entire estuary. It is a scenic complex of meadow, shrub and forested wetland types and one of the largest wetland areas in the county. Historical maps suggest that the wetland has been in existence at least since the nineteenth century, making this a well-established biological community.
There are Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Inventory (PNHI) sites – noting that this area contains significant natural features and is completely covered with two PNHI core habitat sites and one PNHI supporting landscape. The area is unique in having all five major ecosystems that are the subject of environmental studies in PA: meadow, stream, pond, woods and wetlands.
Mineral Hill is a world-renowned natural resource, famous among rock buffs for its wealth of stone specimens and crystals. This is a scenic, wooded property on Baltimore Pike and is adjacent to Memorial Park and Scott Park. There are many steep-sloped areas and an interesting rock formation at the former Crump’s Quarry site, where they used to mine serpentine, a unique green building stone used in houses in the area. There are many specimens from Mineral Hill on display at the Delaware County Institute of Science in Media.
Along both sides of Ridley Creek several tributaries feed the creek along with flood plains to control runoff during heavy rains. The area is a natural oasis that serves to protect the Ridley Creek watershed, provide a habitat for wildlife, and preserve a wooded area that benefits air quality, reduces noise pollution and provides a green buffer along two major highways.
The properties encompass land between Baltimore Pike, Route 1 Bypass, and Ridley Creek Rd.