Angelica Park Restoration

Project details

  • Project Name: Angelica Park Restoration
  • Project Client: City of Reading and Berks Nature
  • Project Location: Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania

The Angelica Creek Park project consisted of the restoration of a 12-acre drained lake bed located in the City of Reading, Pennsylvania, to meet the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency’s mandated “Supplemental Environmental Project” for fines relating to the City’s sewer treatment plant. The project included restoration of 2,500 LF of existing stream, creation of a riparian buffer, wetland creation and enhancement, creation of a recreational fishing pond, and meadow, and various park aesthetic enhancements. The project goals also included improving recreational opportunities within the park to support passive recreation and develop an outdoor classroom to support environmental education opportunities for various local colleges, schools, and environmental organizations.

A.D. Marble provided design, construction management, and environmental monitoring services for the City of Reading to develop the former lake bed into an environmental education park from the 140 year old manmade lake created initially for ice production and then served as a recreational lake until the dam breached in 2001. In addition to the ecological design, A.D. Marble created trails within the park to connect Angelica Creek Trail to the Schuylkill River trail, a meadow trail, and an ADA accessible trail to bring visitors from the parking lot to the restored stream along a boardwalk. Interpretive and wayfinding signage was developed to support environmental education efforts now managed by Berks Nature who relocated their headquarters to the park due to the success of the ecological restoration effort.