Cheltenham Gets $100,000 for Jenkintown Creek Project

Cheltenham Township was awarded a $100,000 grant to fund the restoration of Jenkintown Creek Restoration: Conklin Recreation Center.  Montgomery County Commissioners announced this project along with 13 other projects that will receive Montco 2040 Implementation Grants.

The Montco 2040 Implementation Grants awarded $1.5 million across 15 municipalities. The grants will fund projects to assist municipalities in making physical improvements to communities. The 2018 project funding is focused on Walk/Bike Montco – trails, paths, sidewalk connections and bike facilities; adaptation and resiliency.

Cheltenham Township will work with the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. (TTF Watershed) on restoring the Jenkintown Creek Restoration: Conklin Recreation Center.  The project will retrofit the property and install a new stormwater control feature to  intercept and filter runoff water from high-level surrounding properties. The new stormwater control feature will manage 42 acres of drainage, which currently discharges into the creek.

This project and partnership is a continuation of work being done by the TTF Watershed up the creek in the Abington/Jenkintown area as well as down the creek in Philadelphia.

“These grants give our municipalities new opportunities to achieve the shared goals of the Montco 2040 plan. We are seeing a lot of wonderful ideas come out of this program, from expanding sidewalk gaps for pedestrians to improving water quality and reducing flooding in urbanized watersheds. These projects improve and enhance the high quality of life in the county,” said Dr. Val Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

The Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program has awarded more than $3.7 million since 2016 to 35 municipalities in Montgomery County.

Learn more about Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc.