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Percheron Park Plans Slowly Progressing

Remediation at the former Ward's Automotive site has checked progress on the project.

at the old Ward’s Automotive site at Main and High streets are still moving along, albeit slowly.

The recently incorporated Friends of Percheron Park—styled somewhat after the —are in the process of becoming certified as a 501c3 nonprofit with the help of a local attorney, according to Kathy Logue, president of the Friends of Percheron Park. Once that’s done, they can start raising money.

Logue said the group’s goal is to ultimately raise 100 percent of the estimated $120,000 price tag for the park, which would include, among other things, a stamped concrete surface, benches, a seat wall, and a historical marker explaining the Percheron horse’s place in Moorestown’s history.

(A brief refresher: Early Moorestown resident Ed Harris, who lived in what is now the headquarters, AKA Smith-Cadbury Mansion, brought the first Percheron horse to the United States from Europe.)

“It’s basically the center of our Main Street,” Logue said of the park. “So it would be a good place to stop and sit.”

However, the property is still being remediated, said Councilman Chris Chiacchio, who has been working with the Friends of Percheron Park. Because of the gas and oil tanks buried beneath the ground when it was a service station—which was in late 2010 and —there’s a lot of work that needs to be done before the site is ready.

“Regrettably, the previous council took a course that was unfortunately time-consuming, but cost-effective,” he said.

Organizers had hoped to begin construction this fall, but remediation could take longer, pushing the start of the project into next year, Chiacchio said. “But we could catch a break.”

On the bright side, the councilman believes the Friends will have little trouble raising money once its fundraising campaign kicks into gear. He said a local business owner has already offered to match dollar for dollar whatever the group is able to raise.

Logue said they expect to start fundraising in the fall.

Those interested in contributing can send donations to "Friends of Percheron Park Inc.", c/o Kathy Logue, 27 Harding Ave., Moorestown, NJ 08057. If anyone would like to volunteer, contact Logue at 856-234-4143.

What the? February 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM
"On the bright side, the councilman believes the Friends will have little trouble raising money once its fundraising campaign kicks into gear. " This is the kind of delirious behavior being exhibited by council. do you really think chris that raising 120k is easy for aprk no one cares about, even if the alleged business owner is kickin in half. how is it going over at the farm house? what next chris gonna use the liquor money? you boys crack me up....good luck in november
Maryann Fallows February 24, 2012 at 12:32 AM
This park would make a beautiful addition to downtown. Perhaps we could even get donated services or materials? Remember how wonderful Fullerton Park turned out!
Our Town February 24, 2012 at 02:37 PM
“Regrettably, the previous council took a course that was unfortunately time-consuming, but cost-effective,” This is such a strange comment. Reminds me of the saying, you can have it fast, cheap, or good, pick any two. What was to regret? That the course taken was time consuming or that the course taken was cost-effective? I'm going to go with cost-effective being the regrettable factor since by all accounts, Moorestown government seems to enjoy consuming a lot of unnecessary time while eschewing cost-effectiveness. All that said, $120K for that? I'm all for sprucing up Main Street and I think this is a good plan, especially since it harkens back to a unique aspect of history, but $120K? I even thought that figure for Fullerton was grossly over-inflated considering much of the labor was free, but at least Percheron would probably be used by mostly residents whereas Fullerton park looks to be the domain of everyone but Moorestown residents.
Main Street February 24, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Have a plan so it restricts skateboarders, skaters, etc from using the pocket park. If nor no one will go there. Have some good lighting. You never know we may get some people "necking" on the back bench.
Punk Skater February 24, 2012 at 05:00 PM
We are looking forward to a new place to hang out and do a few caballerials after a slice at lavitas.
Main Street February 24, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Ha, nice! Like it! But we may need a skywalk to passerllos and other busy places, Being that I don't have them 70's roller-skates with metal wheels, or the 80's sneaker skates. I heard a "Seattle's Best" may be bidding for the cafe in the new library? Any news?

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