Scott Park Is A Gem
Scott Park, (also called the”Lavin Tract,”) is an environmental treasure within the boundaries of Upper Providence Township. It contains wetlands, marsh meadows, woodlands, streams, and ponds. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna throughout the park and an abundance of native plant life. Currently, many residents use the park for passive recreation activities such as dog walking, bird watching, exploration, picnicking, hiking, fishing, and general relaxation in its bucolic settings. The park also provides enormous educational & scientific opportunities for schools and youth groups in the Township. Rose Tree Media School District uses the park for environmental study for a number of its high school classes because of the uniqueness of the varied environments found at the park. Also, there have already been several Eagle Scout projects completed at the park.
Along Ridley Creek Road, Scott Park encompasses 35+ acres, 10 of which are in Middletown Township across the creek. In addition, the Township owns another 8+ acres along the creek north of Rose Tree Road and adjoining the park. Scott Park adjoins Louis Scott Park, a 30+ acre tract of land that includes a pine forest and more trails and woodlands. Across from these parks on the other side of Ridley Creek is the Middletown Township’s Memorial park of 14 acres along Baltimore Pike. Next to Memorial Park and North along the creek is another parcel of roughly 70 acres which was recently purchased by Middletown Township as preserved land. Together, these parcels of land encompass over 160 acres of adjoining open space surrounding Ridley Creek.
Upper Providence Township has 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. The property should be protected as a natural area for this and future generations.
These Parks are very important for all of us. As part of the natural filtration system for Ridley Creek, the parks play an important role in the Creek’s rating 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, More than 50% of Upper Providence residents get their water from Ridley Creek via the Media pumping station which is located less than half a mile downstream from Scott Park. Protection of this water source is crucial to present 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).