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Grant to Fund Fishing Pier, Community Garden Expansion, New Foot Bridge

The Falls Township Board of Supervisors are planning to undertake three community projects at a fraction of the original cost, saving a whopping $234,000.

The township presented six projects for consideration as part of Bucks County’s Open Space grant program recently. Of those, the county chose to earmark funds for the installation of a 70-foot-long fishing pier at Falls Township Community Park; the expansion of the township’s community garden; and a replacement of the Vermillion Hills pedestrian bridge.

Together, these projects are expected to cost $312,000, according to Parks and Recreation Director Brian Andrews. Thanks to the county’s grant, Falls will only need to chip in a 25 percent math, or approximately $78,000.

Supervisors Vice Chairman Jeffry Dence said the T-shaped fishing pier will provide “access for everyone” to the lake. He said the board had budgeted for the project a few years ago as a way to ease entry into the water. The lake is shallow and drops off, he said, making it difficult for some folks to fish.

The board had also allocated funds for the replacement of the single span Vermillion Hills pedestrian bridge in 2016. Once complete, the bridge will be equipped with safety fencing and will look similar to the existing bridge.

The ever-popular community garden has a waiting list of 20 for its 46 total plots, according to Andrews. Plans call for adding 13 more plots with grant funds, he said.

“There’s always a waiting list,” Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie said. “It’s been a big hit.”

Supervisor Brian Galloway emphasized that the grants will help the township to save money it had already planned to spend.

“This could be quite a savings,” he said.

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