About First Avenue Linear Park
Employees, residents and visitors to Moore Park can now enjoy the beauty and vibrancy of the First Avenue Linear Park, a 1.25-mile multimodal trail connecting 14 properties that runs along First Avenue between North Gulph Road to Allendale Road. The First Avenue Linear Park is open to the public and features amenities like outdoor seating areas interspersed between a rain garden, planting beds, trees and stone seating walls. The accessible asphalt path, concrete sidewalks and boardwalk include solar-powered light fixtures and convenient trash receptacles that create a clean and safe year-round environment for pedestrians. Improvements also include nine new solar-powered bus shelters that provide passengers with a well-lit refuge from the elements while waiting for the next bus.
King of Prussia District partnered with Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, PennDOT, the Commonwealth Finance Authority, Pennsylvania’s Office of Budget and 14 commercial property owners in Moore Park, who generously contributed public bike way easements, to create this multimodal trail. King of Prussia District is proud to manage this public amenity, and hosts events and activations along the Linear Park throughout the year.
Moore Road Multimodal Trail & Linear Park Study
Following the success of the First Avenue Linear Park, King of Prussia District has turned attention to another important transportation corridor. After a competitive RFP process, Simone Collins Landscape Architecture has been retained to conduct the Moore Road Multimodal Trail & Linear Park Study. With stakeholder input, the design team will provide a concept to completion plan outlining a bike and pedestrian corridor between First Avenue and West Valley Forge Road with a connection to the Schuylkill River Trail West that creates a safe route along this important mixed-use corridor. The advanced schematic designs will connect the existing mix of properties, including several multifamily developments, commercial office properties, restaurants, service retail, entertainment venues and the recently accredited Silas T. Burgess Arboretum.
What is a Linear Park?
Simply put, this infrastructure improvement provides a multimodal path for pedestrians and non-motorized transportation. The existing and future public trails on First Avenue and Moore Road will provide a safer and accessible pathway for pedestrians that connects properties with frontage along the roadways. The project includes stormwater management improvements, pedestrian lighting, improved bus stop facilities, vibrant landscaping and trees, benches, bistro seating and Adirondack chairs. These enhancements and amenities will be open to the public and will improve pedestrian access and safety along First Avenue and Moore Road.
The Urban Land Institute’s report, The Case for Open Space: Why the Real Estate Industry Should Invest in Parks and Open Spaces, analyzed 30 open space projects across the country and found that developers that include open space in commercial projects, or support initiatives to create parks, benefit in a variety of ways. Public-private partnerships that create public open space, when combined with community-focused imagery rather than commercial branding, generates cooperation between residents, employees and business owners. With each open space success story, these three stakeholder groups will be able to collaborate and maintain bigger and better projects that benefit the larger community.