Borough Council has approved moving forward with renovations to the Stone House Park, utilizing $460,000 in grant funding towards the overall project cost of $590,000. The project scope includes improvements to existing paved and gravel walking trails, replacement of the boardwalks leading to and around Old Man Echo, replacement of the viewing platform between the tennis courts and Old Man Echo, installation of boulder walls near Old Man Echo to prevent streambank erosion, repair and replacement of wooden footbridges, and the installation of a twelve space ADA compliant parking lot inset on the south side of Parkside Drive North. The area of the project spans from Wyomissing Boulevard to the Wyomissing Borough swimming pool.
The Stone House Phase 1 Proposed Plan (PDF) and enlarged Stone House Proposed Parking Lot (JPEG) photo show the location and detail for the twelve space parking lot that will be constructed. A suggestion was raised by a resident at the November Borough Council meeting to create inset parking on Parkside Drive North, which is not feasible or ADA compliant due to the grade of the area in question. No retaining wall or boulder wall is proposed around the perimeter of the parking lot, however, landscaping will be provided to buffer the view of the parking lot from the street and other areas of the park.
Bid documents are currently being prepared by the Borough Engineer so that project may be put out to bid in January. The project is expected to be awarded in early 2024, with construction to begin likely in May 2024. Construction will be timed to allow for the annual Fourth of July celebration to be held at the Stone House in 2024.