Snowfall at the Pavilion at Park Square
The Borough of Prospect Park located in Delaware County, was formerly called Moore, and was incorporated in 1894. Slightly less than a one square mile in area, it is the home of just under seven thousand residents. In the present day, it is hard to envision the entire area was a much-contested piece of real estate when the Dutch and Swedes were squabbling over ownership. The present population enjoys knowing that they were preceded by a signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Morton, whose house still stands, and the Reverend Mark Watkinson, Pastor of the Prospect Hill Baptist Church, who persuaded the U.S. Congress to have the motto “In God We Trust” imprinted on all U.S. currency.
When promoting a community, one of the most important things is to describe the benefits of its location. When considering location, Prospect Park has been blessed by happenstance. In colonial times, the main route from Philadelphia to the colonies in the south was the King’s Highway, now known to us as Chester Pike (Rte. 13). Since Prospect Park straddles this artery, commerce thrived from earliest times. Another important enhancement was the creation of what is now Route 420 to connect Baltimore Pike to our west with Chester Pike. Again, Prospect Park found itself astride another main highway, which now afforded access to all points of the compass when this vital intersection was completed. Could our location be more convenient? Believe it or not, it could. When Interstate 95 was completed, it included an interchange at Route 420, giving us egress not a tenth of a mile from our border, and putting the Philadelphia International Airport a ten minute drive away. Also, it was very thoughtful of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to place Interstate 476 (Blue Route), less than two miles to our south on I-95, which opens the entire turnpike system to us without stopping for a traffic signal.
Prospect Park is located twelve miles from the center of Philadelphia. Using the commuter rail system, the trip takes twenty minutes.
There is more to Prospect Park than a great location. Prospect Park is part of the nationally recognized Interboro School District.
Our public library is linked to the County library system, affording them the ability to supply residents with any book.
We have a well-equipped and modern all volunteer fire company, whose training is equal to professional companies everywhere.
If you consult any Realtor, you will find that homes for sale in the area have a very short-lived stay on the market.
Our form of government is unique in a very special way. Our Mayor and Council members are not only devoted to Prospect Park, but are personally available to the entire constituency at all times. Furthermore, the Borough has always been solvent and with very low municipal debt.
Trash removal, sanitary matters and highway maintenance are handled by a group of dedicated employees, led by our highway supervisor.
With all the aforementioned accolades attributed to our community, it would be remiss not to mention our greatest asset, our residents. These are people who want to live in a great community where their children can enjoy a safe and happy childhood, and where the parents are afforded peace of mind.
Try us, you’ll like us!
Prospect Park Borough Council will hold their 2017 budget meetings on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, and Wednesday, November 2, 2016. The meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Borough Hall, 720 Maryland Ave. Prospect Park. The public is welcome to attend.
This week the Lincoln Avenue Streetscape Project is focused on 9th and Lincoln Ave. with the last remaining ADA Ramps being complete barring any weather delays. Pedestrian crosswalks are planned to begin next week.
The remaining pedestrian lighting is slated to be completed as well. The installation of landscaping with benches and trash receptacles is being scheduled.
All businesses are open during construction!
Please continue to stay alert for the construction workers, traffic delays and temporary detours. Please pardon the appearance while we improve our neighborhood. Thanks for everyone’s patience during this renovation project!
The Delaware County Department of Emergency Services is pleased to announce that funding has been obtained to conduct four Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Courses (G-317) and one TEEN CERT training course during 2016. Each course will be 24 hours in length and up to 30 participants may attend. Courses are scheduled for one evening per week for four weeks then conclude with an eight hour session on a Saturday for skills and written testing. Participants will receive a Free student manual and CERT kit. There is no cost to participate. Refreshments will be provided. The county Volunteer Management Coordinator will coordinate the all aspects of the training.
Municipalities are encouraged to sponsor these courses by providing use of their facilities and conducting outreach to their residents about participating in the training. The TEEN CERT course is best held at a high school. If your municipality or school district is interested in sponsoring a course, or if you have any questions about this program, please contact the Volunteer Management Coordinator, Ed Kline, at email@example.com.
General information about the CERT program can be found at https://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams
Specific information about Delaware County CERT can be found on the Delaware County Citizen Corps webpage at http://www.delcocitizencorps.com/