Delaware County Open Space Task Force

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The Open Space Task Force is working to identify and recommend a strategy to implement the County’s Open Space, Recreation, and Greenway Plan.

Delaware County Council convened the Open Space Task Force in October 2016 to recommend a strategy to implement the County’s Open Space, Recreation, and Greenway Plan in an effective and responsible manner. The Task Force is comprised of leaders from local municipalities, nonprofit organizations, the business community, and several County staff members. The diverse background of the Task Force members was crucial to developing a recommendation that is inclusive of all Delaware County communities.

The Task Force has reviewed the County’s Open Space, Recreation, and Greenway Plan, with particular emphasis on implementation methods and progress, and considered the many opportunities and challenges in implementing the plan. The Task Force also reviewed programs from other counties in the region and discussed the benefits to different approaches.

In a report to County Council, the Task Force recommended a three-pronged approach to address the identified opportunities and challenges for implementation of the Open Space Plan: 1) grants to local municipalities; 2) an infusion of capital investment in County parks; and 3) funding for professional services support for open space and recreation projects. This approach will show leadership by the County and incentivize proactive investment by local municipalities.

On September 12, Delaware County Council formally approved the Task Force's recommended implementation strategy. On October 17, 2018, Council authorized an initial borrowing of $10 million to initiate the program. 

Questions about the Delaware County Open Space Task Force? Contact the Planning Department at 610-891-5200 or Planning_Department@co.delaware.pa.us.



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