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Doylestown’s new park features Mercer tiles


Dozens of richly colored, handcrafted Mercer tiles are being placed in concrete pillars across Doylestown Borough’s newest park, Broad Commons, at the north end of the town.
Made by TileWorks of Bucks County, the 42 panels created by artisans at the National Historic Landmark and working history museum in Doylestown Township, tell the stories of Pennsylvania history, the natural world and the four seasons, explained Katia McGuirk, the TileWorks executive director. She credited borough officials for the “great opportunity” to work together on the special, eye-catching project.
“Our design team was inspired and stayed true to Henry Mercer’s overreaching narratives … there are many stories, past, present and future embedded in the columns.”
Broad Commons is part of Doylestown’s $10 million project to remake the Broad Street corridor. It stretches along North Broad Street, Atkinson’s Lane and Doyle Street. Built on a 3 ½-acre parcel that once was home to a PennDOT maintenance facility, the park is adjacent to the borough’s new administrative offices and the Central Bucks Regional Police Department headquarters.

The new borough hall is set to open Jan. 3 and the park is also preparing for visitors early next year, officials said.
The existing borough hall at 57 W. Court St. was being closed beginning Dec. 21 through Dec. 31, as the relocation to 10 Doyle St. gets underway, said borough Manager John Davis. The lobby will remain open for drop-off water bill and parking ticket payments, and drop-off and pick-up of permit applications and permits.
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The soon-to-be-former borough hall was bought by Doylestown businessman Larry Thompson for $2.3 million.