Ethel Barckley Memorial Park, a 'hidden treasure,' gets money for restoration

Milford. This scenic park in Milford overlooks the Delaware River


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  • Pictured (from left) are Linda Pinto, president of the Milford Garden Club; Milford Mayor Sean Strub; Milford Councilmember Annette Haar; Pike County Commissioner Ron Schmalzle, and Jessica Yoder, Pike County Assistant Planning Director. (Photo provided)




  • Pictured is Robert Alliano's rendering of Ethel Barckley Memorial Park.



"What if a borough could make one investment in the community and simultaneously increase home values, generate more sales for local businesses, increase civic engagement, encourage neighbors to get to know each other and improve public health at the same time? Such an investment exists, and it's called a public park."
James Feath, landscape architect


Milford Borough Council accepted a $23,282 check to restore and enhance Ethel Barckley Memorial Park, one Milford's most scenic hidden treasures.

The park is located at the far end of Ann Street (the cross street is 2nd Street) and overlooks the Delaware River.

The check was presented on May 11 by Jessica Yoder, assistant director of the Pike County Office of Planning, representing the Pike County Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program.

"The Borough Council is absolutely delighted and deeply grateful to be the recipient of this matching grant," said Councilmember Annette Haar.

The Pike County Board of Commissioners, through the Pike County Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program, awarded the grant from funds the county received from the Pennsylvania Marcellus Legacy Fund. The development and rehabilitation of outdoor parks, recreation (active and passive), and conservation areas are among eligible projects considered for the mini-grant.

The borough is working closely with the Milford Garden Club and several local residents on the renewal of the park, which, upon completion, will afford exceptional year-round views of the renowned and majestic Delaware River.

The announcement quoted James Feath, a landscape architect in Pittsburgh, who said, "What if a borough could make one investment in the community and simultaneously increase home values, generate more sales for local businesses, increase civic engagement, encourage neighbors to get to know each other and improve public health at the same time? Such an investment exists, and it's called a public park."





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