Officials: Spray Park Construction Site Should Not Interfere With Franklin Day Festival

Significant work remains to be done on the Colonial Park spray park, but officials said its construction should not impinge on the Franklin Day festival.

The Colonial Park spray park’s construction site should not impact the Franklin Day festival in September, a township official said.

The spray park is being built on a 1.6-acre parcel next to the playground off Colonial Drive. The festival, which has drawn more than 20,000 visitors, is adjacent to the construction area.

Originally planned to have been completed by late summer, permitting delays and weather have pushed the spray park’s completion date to Spring 2019, a county engineer said.

That means that construction vehicles, mounds of soil and other equipment will remain fenced in next to the site of the Franklin Day festival, set for Sept. 22.

“The site plan has been modified and there should be no issues with the spray park,” Township Manager Robert Vornlocker said in an email. “We are working with the engineer for the Park Commission and don’t anticipate any problems.”

County park engineer Adam Bloom said the area will be safely fenced off.

“We have been coordinating with the contractor and Franklin Township to ensure that the construction site is adequately fenced off and protected during the Festival,” he said in an email.

The festival, which has been growing in popularity yearly, is set to run from noon to 5 p.m.


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