Kennett Twp. joins greenway partnership

Kennett Township has become the 25th area municipality to join the Brandywine Creek Greenway Partnership, and area residents are invited to celebrate and learn about the project.

An open house will be held at the Kennett Township building

An open house will be held at the Kennett Township building on Wednesday, Oct. 5, to discuss the Brandywine Creek Greenway Partnership.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m., Kennett Township will host a public open house at the township building. Brandywine Conservancy staff will provide a brief presentation to introduce the Brandywine Creek Greenway regional planning initiative. Maps will be on display around the room for review, and representatives from the community will be available to answer questions, a township press release said.

The open house is intended to encourage residents, business owners, and others to learn more about local and regional greenways and to share their local knowledge. In 2010, the Brandywine Conservancy received a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation to initiate planning of the Brandywine Creek Greenway.

A Concept Plan was completed in 2012, and a more detailed Strategic Action Plan was completed in 2014. Since 2014, the Brandywine Conservancy has been actively partnering with 24 municipalities in Chester and Delaware counties to implement projects identified in the Strategic Action Plan, the release said.

The Brandywine Creek Greenway is envisioned as a 30-mile long conservation corridor of varying widths along the main stem and upper east branch of the Brandywine Creek from Chadds Ford Township in western Delaware County to Honey Brook Township in northern Chester County. It includes an interconnected system of open space, parks, natural areas, creek access points, riparian buffers and pathways that link the Brandywine Creek with local communities.

The greenway partnership is dedicated to conserving natural resources, helping people connect to the Brandywine Creek, and building healthy sustainable communities.

This initiative will build upon Kennett Township’s comprehensive plan, open space, recreation and environmental resources plan, and other relevant municipal planning documents. A Project Portfolio for Kennett Township will be created and used to prioritize and promote land conservation and trail planning efforts, the release said.

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