Summary

Since the acquisition of the Lavin Tract in March of 2004, Upper Providence for Open Space (UPOS) has played a key role in improving and maintaining the park, making it more accessible and accommodating for all residents to enjoy.  Early activities involved cleaning out trash and debris and cleaning out some of the more aggressive invasive plants on the property.  These activities were followed by planting native trees to replace the invasives, laying out paths throughout the park, and beginning the task of adding wood chips to complete the paths.  More recent activities have included a number of Eagle Scout Projects and local school environmental activities.

Early Clean-Up Days

Beginning in the spring of 2005, UPOS held its first clean up days, and the major focus was on cleaning trash out of the park that included tires, refrigerators, car parts, and dozens of bags of rubbish.  It was a major undertaking, but a first step in making the park a place where people would want to go.   The second focus was on getting rid of fallen trees and a substantial area of knotweed that was slowly taking over a part of the park.  It was impossible to have trails without first clearing out the vegetation and fallen debris that blocked access.  Over a dozen volunteers participated in these efforts.  

Having cleaned out the area leading down towards the creek from the south entrance, UPOS was able to acquire over 200 native trees with a grant from Tree Vitalize, and a DCCD mini-grant and contributions from UPOS and the Township.  These trees were planted in the fall of 2005 with protective tubing to keep the deer from destroying them.  At the clean-up day in the spring of 2006, wood chips were added to the trails leading down to the stream, and on a Fall work day that same year, grape vines were removed and we created a new trail connecting the north end of the park with the southern end.  A plan for connecting trails throughout the park was becoming a reality since one could now hike from the northern entrance of the park all the way across the park, into the pines, and down to the stream.

Path Network Evolves

In the fall of 2006, the Township voted to add the Lavin Tract to Louis Scott Park, officially adding the two parks to make one large park that followed Ridley Creek from Rose Tree Road almost to Baltimore Pike.  At the same time, the Township authorized $8,900 to create a parking lot and signage at the northern entrance to the park.

At the Spring clean-up in 2007, volunteers removed over a dozen bags of trash as part of the park/stream cleanup day, and put additional wood chips on all of the trails.  Most importantly, a new trail was laid out along the floodplain line that connected the South end of the park to the North so that now an entire loop around the park was possible.  The network of paths through the park was becoming apparent, and residents were now finding the park and using the trails for hiking, bird watching, and walking dogs.
Through the spring of 2010, UPOS continued to sponsor clean up days for both Scott Park, and worked with the Crum/Ridley/Chester Creek Watershed Association (CRC) to manage clean-up days along both Ridley Creek and Crum Creek within the township.  In addition, UPOS organized volunteers and the Community Service workers to clean debris out of the park and lay additional wood chips along all of the trails.  Rains and flooding were frequent occurrences in the park, often wiping out wood chips along the trails.  The snow storms in the winter of 2010 were particularly destructive in the pines, and many trees came down. Cutting up many of the fallen trees was a significant part of the spring clean up in 2010.

Scout Projects Initiated

In addition to all of the clean-up activity and trail construction, UPOS has sponsored a number of Boy Scout projects in the park.  In June of 2009, UPOS worked with scout Darrel Decorso of Troop 420 on his Eagle Scout Project.  His project was to build a boardwalk along the lower trail so that storm water would run beneath the trail and not wash out the trail each time it rained.  As a result of his project, Darrel was able to become an Eagle Scout.  UPOS helped pay for the material needed for the project, and the scouts, along with volunteers, worked an entire day to build the boardwalk.  

In the Spring of 2010, UPOS supported another Eagle Scout Project.  Andrew Peng, also of Troup 420, built covered informational boards at both entrances of the park.  The objective of the boards was to have a place for maps of the park, upcoming events, or related informational pieces that could be posted and protected from the weather.  Again, UPOS contributed to the cost of materials for the project and UPOS volunteers supported the Scouts in their efforts.  Troop 420 has also gotten involved at the park by marking all of the trails as part of a scout project in the spring of 2010. 

On-Going Up-Keep Continues

Along with the Scout Projects, UPOS has also been able to involve the Penn Crest High School Lacrosse team as part of their community service work.  They spent a rainy Saturday moving large quantities of wood chips to cover one of the trails.  A number of classes from local schools have used Scott Park for science classes from time to time, taking advantage of the multiple environmental features of the park, including streams, wetlands, woodlands, the creek, the vernal pond, and the meadow.

UPOS remains committed to working at the park to enhance its value to all residents of the community, holding recurring clean-up days and working with local groups to coordinate activities at the park.  If you would like to become involved in any of the events, click here to contact us, or watch for announcements of future events on this website or in the local papers




 
 In the beginning, trash was everywhere!
 
 
 You name it, we found it in the woods
 

Over 200 native trees were planted
 

 Workdays always mean a good lunch
 
 
 Pines were decimated by 2010 snow storm
 
 
 First scout project -- a much needed boardwalk
 
 
 Second scout project added a message board
 
 
 Lacrosse Team's Community Service -- Wood Chips!
 
 
 Now paths wind through the park
 
 

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