About First Avenue Linear Park
Big improvements are coming to First Avenue! Since 2020, a multi-use pathway is getting installed in Phases between N. Gulph Road and Allendale Road on either side of First Avenue.
Vibrant landscaping, accessible pathways and seating areas are some notable features. Solar-powered bus shelters, pedestrian lighting, and new trash receptacles provide a clean and safe environment for visitors year round.
The Linear Park is developed and managed by King of Prussia District. Phase One was constructed on 9 parcels with funding provided by PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund and the US Department of Transportation’s Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund. Additional funding is provided by King of Prussia District and Montgomery County’s MONTCO 2040 Implementation grant program.
Phase Two construction of the Linear Park Project will begin later this year and Phase 3 design & engineering are underway.
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 with exciting future developments like Topgolf, Amazon, and King of Prussia Rail Station.
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.