The Van Landeghem property was purchased by East Norriton and West Norriton Townships through funds provided by Montgomery County in accordance with the Montgomery County Open Space Ordinance (Ordinance 93-3) (PDF). West Norriton Township acquired 15.10 acres and East Norriton Township acquired 19.54 acres of land that make up the Van Landeghem property. The total amount of funds provided to both municipalities was $1,051,520.
On February 2, 1999 both municipalities entered into an Open Space Agreement for the purpose of cooperating in the acquisition of the two adjoining parcels of land. To read the Open Space Agreement, click here.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Grant
West Norriton Township, in conjunction with East Norriton Township, submitted a grant application to DCNR's Community Conservation Partnership Program for the development of a master site plan for the property. The purpose of the master site plan is to perform a site-specific study that includes, site information and analysis, and analysis of activities, facilities, maintenance, and operations. Typically these studies lead to completion of a site development drawing in conformance with current design standards and cost estimates for the full development or redevelopment of a park or other recreational-use site.
A Request for Proposal (RFP) was developed based on DCNR's model. After review of the submitted proposals and interviews with the Project Study Committee, Remington, Vernick & beach was awarded the contract to create the master site plan.