High School and Ogontz Parks are located in Cheltenham Township in the vicinity of Elkins Park (High School Road, Montgomery Avenue, Harrison Avenue). Before becoming Township Parks, the two adjoining parcels once housed Cheltenham High School and its athletic fields. High School Park is primarily a passive recreational park (e.g., nature trails and ecological preservation of native flora and fauna) while Ogontz park is more recreationally active (e.g., tennis courts, athletic fields). The two parks and the Tookany Creek have been the focus of environmental and recreational restoration efforts for at least the last decade. There has been a lot of work completed at High School Park to remove invasive plants (e.g., plants that tend to take over an area or crowd out other vegetation) and to replace them with native plants (e.g., plants that are less competitive, are from the area, provide food and habitat, or serve a special purpose).
Recently, Cheltenham Township and the Friends of High School successfully obtained a state grant to hire the Forbes Environmental & Land Use Planning consultant team to work with the community and a Steering Committee to develop a Master Plan for the two parks. Since November 2007, the they have developed a draft preliminary plan for review and comment. The High School Park portion of the plan focuses primarily upon existing environmental features and future ecological restoration while the Ogontz Park portion focuses upon existing and future recreational use. The draft Master Plan also contains an ecological restoration component for the Tookany Creek and riparian buffer area. The master plan has very specific recommendations to preserve what the community likes about the parks and to initiate projects to improve park features.
Comments must be submitted via email by Monday, November 17 at noon to be considered by the Steering Committee at the November 19 meeting. The final draft plan, reflecting the public's input, will be presented to the community at a special meeting on December 3 at Curtis Hall.
Please feel free to contact Suzanne Forbes, AICP, Forbes Environmental & Land Use Planning, at 215-230-9549 or email@example.com if you have any questions about this survey or would like more information about this project.