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Ash Grove Forestry Management Project

Contact:  Sheila Tekavec
(610) 444-1416, office

KAPA Plans Extensive Forestry Management Project in Ash Grove at Anson B. Nixon Park

In line with Chester County’s Climate Action Plan, the Kennett Area Park Authority (KAPA) will be preserving approximately 15 old growth ash trees and replanting 125 native species in the current ash grove adjacent to the disc golf course and the main vehicular entrance of Anson B. Nixon Park.

Efforts are necessary now because approximately 200 dead, diseased, and declining ash trees in this area of the park have fallen victim to the emerald ash boring beetle. The ash grove is also next to the sand volleyball courts, a portion of the running/walking trail, and an area where stream restoration for a tributary of the Red Clay Creek was recently completed.  As part of this project, which will improve approximately 2 acres in the park, invasive species will be removed, and brush control will be implemented.  These efforts will support the County’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect open space through naturally occurring environmental processes like carbon recapture, flood control and reduction of water run-off. Forestry management is part of KAPA’s mission for preservation an open, natural, and largely passive environment that lends itself to both tranquil and rigorous pursuits.

Work by Chadds Ford Tree Service is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 11th.  The Borough of Kennett Square and Kennett Township will both be lending support with equipment and labor.  Because the work area is near the vehicular entrance, trail, disc golf course, and volleyball courts, access to portions of the park may temporarily be blocked.  The main entrance may also be temporarily closed. Park visitors are asked to look for and heed cautionary signs and barricades while tree work is being completed.  Additional parking is available by the “Tino” Leto athletic fields at 413 N. Walnut Road.

This project is being funded by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Healing the Planet Grant Program with support from The GIANT Company.   Additional funds are generously being provided by the Chester County Parks + Preservation Partnership Grant Program. Anson B. Nixon Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.  For more information about KAPA and the park, and to learn how you can support operations in the park, please visit the park website. (610) 444-1416


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Water Works Buildings – Call for Proposals Notice

Interested Contractors –  RFP details to be available September 17, 2021, for the Anson B. Nixon Park Historic Water Works Buildings project. All proposal submissions are due by 4:30pm on Monday, November 8, 2021. The Kennett Area Park Authority (KAPA) has issued a Request for Proposals for Historic Water Works Buildings Schematic Architectural Design Services. The project is located in Anson B. Nixon Park, Chester County, Pennsylvania, owned and maintained by the Kennett Area Park Authority (KAPA). Work will include major engineering, architectural, and mechanical upgrades to three historic buildings, which formerly served as the Water Works facility in the Borough of Kennett Square. A mandatory site meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 2:00 PM at the project site in Anson B. Nixon Park. The last day for question submissions is 4:30pm on Monday, November 1, 2021. Please submit questions to Sheila Tekavec, All proposal submissions are due by 4:30pm on Monday, November 8, 2021. Proposals can be (1) mailed in advance to KAPA, PO Box 1121, Kennett Square, PA 19348 or (2) dropped off in person between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday at Borough Hall, The Borough of Kennett Square, 120 Marshall Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Please contact Sheila Tekavec, KAPA Office Manager, at with any additional questions.  Anson B Nixon Historic Water Works Bid Package  Water Works Conceptual Video