A message from Bruce Killen, Chairperson for the Newtown Township Environmental Advisory Council
I am pleased to have the opportunity to take part in developing the Master Site Plan for the Newtown Meadow Preserve. The strategic plan, when completed in early 2018, will help us take full advantage of the Township’s largest partial of open space. The goal of the project is to deliver to the community a naturalized space for passive recreation while also assuring environmental protection and sustainability so that the park can be enjoyed by future generations.
Background on the Newtown Meadow Preserve
The Newtown Meadow Preserve is a 50 acre lot that was deeded to the Township as a nature preserve as part of the Rouse subdivision and development (now known as Liseter). This lot is located between Liseter and Episcopal. The preserve sits within the Ridley Creek State Park watershed, the center of Important Bird Area. While it is currently overrun with invasive grass and shrubs, we seek to transform it into a more natural meadow with walking trails for educational and recreational use. Simone Collins Landscape Architects are the consultants the Township has hired to lead us through the Master Plan for the Meadow Preserve.