Greer Park Master Plan
This page will provide information to everyone in Newtown Township about the Greer Park Master Plan process.
Below, you can learn about the two final design concepts for Greer Park. In working toward a revitalized community park, the Master Plan had four main goals:
- Determine the most sustainable option for pond
- Define the best play equipment options
- Develop path and trail options with an eye towards the future
- Develop recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities
Public Survey Results
Public Survey respondents selected Multi-Use Pathways, Trails, and Natural and Inclusive Playgrounds as the Top 3 Most Desirable Active Facilities to include at Greer Park.
Public Survey respondents selected Walking Paths, Water Access, and Small Pavilions as the Top 3 Most Desirable Passive Facilities to include at Greer Park.
Public Meeting attendees selected Natural Playground, Multi-use Pathways, a Fishing Pier, and Stream Access as the Top 4 most desirable recreation facilities to include at Greer Park.
Concept Plans Focus
- Integrate recreation with nature
- Provide access for all
- Play for all
The latest two concepts include:
- Foxes Run restored to its original course
- An open water feature that is over a ¼ acre in size
- Boardwalk and fishing pier
- Two loop trails
- Three stream crossings
- Age appropriate inclusive accessible playground areas
- Three pavilions
- An activity lawn area
- Wetlands with possible boardwalk (depending on impact on endangered species)
- Possible restroom
- Expanded parking
Concept B versus Concept C
Open Water Feature
- B .29 acres versus C .27 acres (6.8% less of an open water feature)
- Option C has 10% less playground area
- Option C has 302 square feet more of pervious paths
- Option C has 1516 square feet more of impervious payment or about 19% more
Greer Park was originally part of the pre-Revolutionary War era, 200-acre tract owned and farmed by Samuel Caley and several generations that followed.
The Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia started buying individual farms in the area in 1887. Some of the names of these historic farm tracts should sound familiar – the Rhoads farm, the Caley farm, the Horton farm and the Tyson farm. The surrounding street names still bear their memory. Several other farms were added until a 600 acre farm had been created by the Pennsylvania Hospital, with many resident worker-families as well as patients, with hundreds of farm animals and acres of orchards and gardens. It was a massive operation, encompassing (more or less) all the area between Goshen Road and West Chester Pike and between Newtown Street Road and Bryn Mawr Avenue.
The Pennsylvania Railroad ran through the center of the farm, carrying passengers and freight (including meat, dairy and produce from the farm) between Newtown Square’s railroad station and Philadelphia. Fawkes Run (known as Foxes Run by 1875) was fed by springs and also ran through the middle of the property. The old railroad right-of-way and Foxes Run are part of the park to this day. A map from 1892 shows Foxes Run in its original condition, and by the time a map was made in 1909 the water way had been dammed and a pond created by the hospital farm as one of the ways to more easily provide the needed water and ice.
Greer Park Steering Committee Members
- Harry Bryans
- Dan DeFrancesco
- Janet Elliott
- Beth Gallo
- Jonathan Gifford
- Shelia O'Sullivan Feeney
- Ryan Persons
- Bill Potsic
- Wade Pollock
- Stephen Nease
Greer Park (Winding Way) Public Meeting and Visioning Survey
Newtown Township is engaged in writing a Master Plan for Greer Park, also known locally by its original name of Winding Way Park.
The purpose is to create a park plan that meets the health and wellness needs of all in our community who come to enjoy this space, while preserving and protecting significant environmental or cultural resources which can be found at the park.
There was a public input meeting for the Park (where all COVID-19 precautions were taken, including mandatory mask-wearing and the following of Social Distancing and CDC Guidelines). Click here to see the flyer with all relative information about the meeting.
There was also a visioning survey available to all residents of Newtown Township designed to gather insight into what a revitalized Greer Park might look like to you and those you would bring there. We thank all those in our Community of Newtown who took a few minutes to share observations and insights, which were discussed and helped guide the Steering Committee and Consultant as work progressed.