Congratulations Ardmore on Your New Pocket Park!

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Well hey now! We also got passed an e-mail indicating GREAT news in Ardmore! Concratulations Ardmore on your new pocket park to be on Linwood Ave! We love our pocket park which is called Sharpe Park!!!! Isn't it nice to know that developers can do great things!

Here is what we got passed to us (and wow, were there a lot of forwards on this hot topic!):

Residents of Ardmore: The Township is pleased to announce that settlement was made this morning on 50 Linwood Avenue - the parking lot formerly owned by the Church of Christ Scientist. Commissioner Dellheim and our Parks and Recreation Department will soon begin a visioning process with the community to determine the improvements to be made. Thank you for your continuing interest and your fundraising efforts. We look forward to working with the community to create a beautiful new neighborhood park.

Patricia M. Ryan
Assistant Township Manager
Township of Lower Merion
75 E. Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003

Hmmmm, can other developers learn from this perhaps?

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Awesome!!!

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Awesome, you bet!

And now the hard work starts. The Township has been very generous with their time and funding. But we as a community need to put our blood, sweat, and tears (and money) into it. The ArdWood Civic will work to develop a fund raising program in the not too distant future to raise funds for the development of the park. We need to get the word out to all our neighbors about the opportunities that this blank canvas of a lot affords for the betterment of our community.

Holler at me at if you want to donate or help in any way.

Eric Lowry

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If there is any way I can be of help, please count me in. I'm on the landscape committee at Normandy Botanical Gardens and we are at a different beginning point with our garden but progressing in much the same manner as this pocket park. I'll give you a holler...

Also, just to add something here that seems appropriate. There is an entomology lecture on Oct. 4th given by Professor Tallamy on the importance of native plants have on local ecology. It is at 851 Buck Lane at the Friends School Haverford Heritage House Gym and is from 7pm to 9pm. Questions - 610.642.0353

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I grew up in Ardmore - lived for 24 years at 37 St. Paul's Rd., but I live in Tucson, Arizona now. Some months back I had heard a horrible story from a friend of mine's Dad who lives on Linwood Ave., that condominiums were going to be built in the parking lot that for almost all my life had belonged to the Christian Science church. That lot was right behind my old house. Before the church owned it I remember a big ol' farmhouse on that lot (mid 1950s). Then the church bought it and tore down the house and planted trees and poured big chunky gravel over the lot. Every Sunday morning you'd hear the slow crunch of churchgoers' vehicles rolling over that heavy gravel as they navigated into parking spaces. Then a few years later the gravel got hauled off and the trees all cut down, which I watched from our tiny back yard in complete misery, and they paved it over with asphalt. But then this cool thing happened: summer evenings that parking lot would be covered with kids playing baseball and whatever. The zillions of kids that lived in blocks all around adopted that lot as their official neighborhood playground. So the very idea of condos getting built there, crowding the area and privatizing the space, grieved me so much I could barely stand to think about it. Then I found this website tonight, in the middle of a night when sleep would not come, and found this very brief blurb about a "pocket park" to be located in this parking lot--instead of condos? It sounds like something truly wonderful may have come to pass, but before I get too thrilled, I'd like to know for sure that this incredibly miraculous turn of events is really the case. How can I learn more???

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Susan,
It is true! Check out this article and you can contact:

Commissioner Jane Dellheim is the Commissioner near the park to be - you can contact her and make sure you tell her the Save Ardmore Coalition referred you:

jane.dellheim@verizon.net

Also, you can contact from the neighbors/ArdWood Civic:

Lynn Brandsma at or 610.896.8886

http://www.ardwoodcivic.org/

ArdWoodCivic@yahoo.com

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WOW - this is so WONDERFUL. Hats off to the folks that made this possible. In fact, EVERYTHING off in praise of this kind of community effort (this is no time to be shy). What a truly inspiring victory! I can't wait to see how the park unfolds next time I visit my old stomping grounds. THANK YOU to those who made this possible. I may be 2700 miles and 16 years gone, but my heart is still in Ardmore.

Susan

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If you are so inclined, why not write the local papers and tell them how you feel? The community would be so appreciative!

sgreenspon@mainlinetimes.com

tmurray@mainlinelife.com

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Alrightee. I'll submit a letter to the editor of at least the Main Line Times. Last time I was in the MLT was 37 years ago - seems like the perfect time to make a reappearance.

Btw: very nice website/forum.

Susan37

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