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Buckingham completes Holicong Park Phase One; more improvements coming

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Holicong Park is in the midst of a transformation. At the Buckingham Township Board of Supervisors meeting Jan. 22, members voted unanimously to approve payment for Phase One of this transformation, marking its completion.

Payment for Phase Two of the park expansion plan will follow after project completion, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned to commemorate the park’s opening day. According to board members, Phase Two is on schedule and “moving along very nicely.”

The expansion contract, originally signed in 2016, includes alterations to athletic fields and the construction of courts and pavilions. Other general improvements are also planned, such as placing more benches and tree plantings. The work will not be finished by the start of the annual concert series; however, residents who are waiting for the park’s opening are in for some good news: expect completion in the early fall of this year.

The supervisors approved another land development plan for the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center after the previous agreement expired. According to the center’s website, construction will include “additional state-of-the-art research and innovation facilities within the existing Biotech Center campus” and will “address the burgeoning needs of the research and educational programs currently offered at the center.”

Representatives said they share the excitement of the Buckingham board members and are eager to break ground on the facility expansion.

The board adopted new standards for water and wastewater, replacing old and outdated requirements. New standards are more stringent, which is positive news for Buckingham Township residents. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) sets nationwide laws that are then enforced statewide by the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection).

Other items covered at the supervisors’ meeting included news of vacancies on various township boards and further land conservation in the area. Openings on boards can be found on the township website (buckinghampa.org) under “Boards & Commissions” or by calling the township office.

Interested parties can also attend a board meeting to learn more about these opportunities. One such board is the Agricultural Preservation Committee, which will be overseeing the preservation of farmland and meadows along Church and Burnt House Hill roads.

If you’re interested in either the vacancy on the committee or the township’s history of preserving land, visit the Buckingham Township website.


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