July 17, 1995 |
It took more than $300,000, at least half of it in grant money, to turn the last undeveloped stretch of riverfront property here into the Riverfront Park, more commonly known as Floodgate Park. But today, nine years after the park was opened to the public, it's not clear what it would take to get residents to use it. "It could be a nice place if it were used more," Frank Marucci, recreational committee chairman, said of the remote stretch of land at the town's outskirts that planners once envisioned as a bustling family park.
May 31, 1999 |
For years now, the riverfront park at the end of Floodgate Road has been rumored to be a spot to cruise for sex, but authorities say it is time to crack down. Nine men, ages 43 to 69, from Gloucester, Camden and Salem Counties were arrested during a weeklong undercover investigation in the remote park by Detectives Joseph Giordano Jr. and Jeff Godfrey of the Greenwich Township police. The men were arrested in April after performing lewd behavior ranging from urinating in front of officers to performing sexual acts in the open.
November 19, 1999 |
After nearly four months of studying ways to perk up this troubled borough, a team of municipal-planning consultants presented its revitalization plan last night, pitching proposals for a stadium for a minor-league baseball team, an ice-skating rink and a riverfront park. But what was left unsaid was where the money would come from. The consultants put no price tag on their ideas last night. Steve Nelson, deputy chief operating officer for the Montgomery County commissioners, said that when the final report is issued early next year it will have estimated costs and likely funding sources.
October 10, 1991 |
In a move that Burlington City officials and merchants expect to breathe new life into the city's historic downtown, the City Council has given initial approval to a project that would create a $3 million shopping mall near the Delaware River promenade. It's been a decade since the city launched the state's first "Main Street" project, under which it used state money to restore authentic storefront facades. The idea was to turn the city's hub - already endowed with a riverfront and a place in pre-Revolutionary War America as the capital of West Jersey - into a bustling retail center.
February 9, 1992 |
"When Anna gets mad, there's just no talking to her. " That's what a defense witness had to say about her friend Anna Rogers - accused of stabbing a man in a Norristown park - during a nonjury trial Wednesday in Montgomery County Court. Robert Petrovich, 29, the man who was stabbed, found that out the hard way. Rogers, according to her own testimony, stabbed Petrovich in the chest with a folding fishing knife after the two exchanged obscene remarks in a parking lot at Riverfront Park in Norristown on April 30, 1991.
January 5, 2005
A U.S. District Court hearing scheduled for today promises to shape up into a classic, old-fashioned battle of people vs. big business, public vs. private rights, even good guys vs. bad guys. It's a fight that has also generated unlikely alliances among groups not usually known for collaborating, including the Bicycle Coalition, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Philadelphia Park Alliance, state Sen. Vincent Fumo, and City Council President Anna Verna, who are all trying to join the city against Florida-based transport company, CSX, in the battle over access to Schuylkill River Park.
September 24, 1999 |
If all goes according to plan, Montgomery County will build a linear park at the Schuylkill riverfront, and some residents along that 42-mile stretch whose homes sustained flood damage because of Hurricane Floyd will receive monetary relief. The county commissioners yesterday voted to hire two consulting firms to study the river-park concept and the possibility of compensating residents interested in selling their homes within the river's low-lying floodplains. "We've already been contacted by one homeowner in Mont Clare whose property was under water," Commissioner James W. Maza said.
May 10, 2000 |
Plan after plan for revitalizing Norristown has been scrapped over the years. The latest ideas for bringing new life to the blighted Montgomery County seat are not likely to die as easily, says the director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission. In fact, Ken Hughes said, the commission will have a chance to prove that today, when its members tour a two-mile stretch of the Schuylkill waterfront with the aim of promoting ambitious development there. Though commission members have traveled other parts of Norristown, this will be the first time the entire group makes the trek along the riverbank, Hughes said.
August 6, 1995 |
On any given day, one can see children scrabbling in the sandbox or romping on the swings, adults challenging each other on the tennis courts, or an elderly person feeding a group of eager squirrels at H. Kenneth Wilkie Memorial River's Edge Park in Florence. But directly across the Delaware from the riverfront park, the Tullytown Landfill operates in Bucks County, Pa. Heaping piles of waste at the landfill are visible from the park's shoreline, and the stench of trash permeates the air. To Bob Wilkie, the proximity of the landfill to the 14-acre park dedicated to the memory of his brother, a former mayor of Florence, is "a shame.
October 21, 1992 |
Planes descended in whining succession toward Philadelphia International Airport and throbbing dredges scraped the nearby riverbed, almost overwhelming the voices of Joan Eller and Louisa Llewellyn as they talked about times when ships quietly sailed up the Delaware River. About 75 fourth graders sat around them on the banks of the Delaware, straining to hear stories about their community's distant past - and itching to help unearth history. They wanted to know all about the archaeological dig about to begin at the former Coast Guard base in Gloucester City.