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Curtis Arboretum Green Stormwater Infrastructure Project Starts Monday, September 16
Posted on Friday September 13, 2019
On September 16, 2019, construction will start on a green stormwater infrastructure project at Curtis Arboretum.The Dog Park and thru-road will be closed during the work day.

Curtis Arboretum Green Stormwater Infrastructure Project Starts Monday, September 16
Closures of Dog Park and Thru-Road Expected During the Work Day

On Monday, September 16, 2019, construction will start on a green stormwater infrastructure project at Curtis Arboretum. This project involves the creation of a bioswale and the removal of the pipe that carries water from the ponds into Rock Creek just below the dog park. The bioswale will create a more natural environment to help reduce pollution and sediment load from within the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed.

Meco Constructors, Inc. of Bensalem, PA will be performing the work, which involves removing storm sewer pipe, reducing the width of the parking lot near the dog park to more standard parking lot dimensions, and installing a bioswale.

To facilitate the work, which will necessitate excavation of the existing access drive, the contractor will be closing the parking lot between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, September 16 through Friday, September 20. Daily closures may continue for the duration of the project, which is anticipated to last three weeks, depending on weather conditions. Residents will be able to access their homes from Washington Lane during these days and times, but access to the dog park, parking lot and upper park will not be available from Washington Lane. Curtis Park Drive from Church Road will be closed at the parking lot near the upper pond.

For people who use the dog park: Please enter the dog park in the back of the dog park from Rock Creek Drive between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.  For your safety, do not walk through the parking lot during construction times.

Curtis Bioswale

A bioswale is a vegetated linear channel that helps filter pollutants, slow stormwater, and infiltrate stormwater to recharge groundwater. Bioswales look and function similarly to raingardens. Bioswales are designed to filter, infiltrate and convey stormwater, similar to a stream, while raingardens are designed to hold and absorb stormwater.

 This project was recommended in the 2016 Curtis Arboretum Conservation and Landscape Management Plan and is one of several projects implemented or to be implemented from the recommendations of this Plan. The Management Plan is available for review on Cheltenham Township’s website,

This project is one of three projects identified in Cheltenham Township’s Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP), also available on the Township’s website, that have and will occur in Curtis Arboretum over the next few years. The PRP identifies stormwater improvement projects that the Township must commit to install over a five-year period in order to meet the recent requirement

for municipalities to renew their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, which regulates the discharge of pollutants (including sediment in stormwater) into the waters of the United States.

The new 100-car pervious paving parking lot, funded in part by a grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation is the first PRP project. The bioswale PRP project is funded in part by a grant through PECO’s Green Region grant program. A third PRP project, which involves meadow conversion, raingarden installation and streambank restoration, is funded in part through a Growing Greener Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.



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