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Sellersville eyes upgrades to bike trail, playground area


Sellersville officials are taking steps to secure grant money that would help pay for improvements at a playground and bicycle trail in the Upper Bucks borough.

On Monday (April 8), borough council approved resolutions that authorize Borough Manager David Rivet to apply for grants that would provide funding toward upgrading the Sellersville portion of the Lenape Park Bicycle Trail and the parking lot at the Druckenmiller Playground on Maple Avenue.

Rivet said work on the approximately 1-mile stretch of bike trail would focus on improving drainage and putting in new overlay. “The trail was originally paved in 1982,” he said. “Sections are deteriorating and several areas are under water during wet weather.”

Sellersville is applying to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for funding help on the project, which is anticipated to cost about $245,600.

Meanwhile, Sellersville is also looking to DCNR for grant money to help pay for the improvements at Druckenmiller Playground, which are projected to cost approximately $517,575.

Rivet said work is expected to consist of leveling, paving, striping and providing lighting for the parking area.

He said the upgrades at the Druckenmiller Playground parking lot are needed. “The current parking area is uneven and consists of demolition materials from when a former factory was torn down,” said Rivet. “It cannot be striped as there are no saved handicapped spots. The parking area is dark at night due to insufficient lighting.”

Just when will crews break ground on the trail and the playground parking lot? Rivet said it depends on the approval time for the grant.

“Our best estimate at this point would be spring of 2020,” he said.