Early in 2012, Delaware County received approval for a grant from DCNR (Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) to develop a Master Plan for the four municipally owned lands surrounding Ridley Creek adjacent to Scott Park. The areas are owned by Delaware County, Middletown Township, Media Borough, and Upper Providence Township. Over the next 24-36 months, the County Planning Department will coordinate an effort to develop a comprehensive Master Plan for all of the properties. UPOS supports this endeavor and hopes to provide assistance where possible.
Upper Providence Township acquired a treasure in Scott Park. It affords unique opportunities for passive and active recreation in tune with the existing, natural attributes of the property. Schools have also expressed interest in taking students to the property to study the many special aspects of this unique resource. UPOS believes that the property should be protected for this and future generations.
UPOS continues to work to maintain Scott Park in all its natural beauty and to have the park be used, particularly by our children, their parents, and their teachers as an environmental education center. Scott Park is unusual: indeed it is rare in that it possesses all five criteria required for use as an environmental center: woods, creek, pond, wetlands and meadow.
Scott Park is very important for all of us. It is located on Ridley Creek and rated as a “High Quality Creek.” For such designated resources, the PA Department of Environmental Protection requires that new or expanded activities do not degrade existing water quality. Currently, sixty percent (60%) of Upper Providence residents get their water from Ridley Creek via the Media pumping station located less than half a mile away from Scott Park. Protection of this water source is crucial to us and future generations of residents.
Scott Park contains the Media Wetlands that were identified in the Delaware County Natural Areas Inventory (1992) as “an area of local significance worthy of preservation.” It was also found by the EPA’s Delaware Estuary Program to be of sufficient importance for inclusion in a list of worthy restoration and enhancement projects within the entire estuary. (Media Wetlands Resource Conservation Plan, December 1999)