Greenway News
June 2022
2020-2022 Accomplishments
In May 2022, the Brandywine Conservancy submitted a final report to the William Penn Foundation for the work that they supported within the Greenway from April 2020 to April 2022. The overall goal of the grant was to advance implementation of Circuit Trails and connecting trails, as well as to preserve the landscapes that benefit those trails in Chester County, PA, Delaware County, PA, and in northern Delaware.
Because so many of our 29 municipal partners worked to advance Greenway initiatives, the Conservancy was able to report a number of accomplishments:

  • Advanced implementation of 5.75 miles of Circuit Trails and connecting trails, including:
  • Octoraro Trail Feasibility Study — 2.5 miles
  • Icedale Trail Feasibility Study — 2.6 miles
  • Beaver Creek Trail engineering — 0.5 miles
  • Mill Trail acquisition — 0.15 miles

  • Acquired 7.5 acres for connecting trails and water access

  • Provided technical assistance to five municipalities

  • Awarded seven Mini-Grants to our partners

  • Advanced implementation of two Brandywine Creek Water Trail facilities

  • Prepared and submitted 17 grant proposals

  • Secured approximately 300% in matching funds

For more information on Brandywine Creek Greenway accomplishments from 2020-2022, email Sheila Fleming.
New Initiatives 2022-2024
The William Penn Foundation has generously funded the Brandywine Conservancy to continue to pursue new initiatives for the Brandywine Creek Greenway through April 2024. The goal of the grant is to complete planning and design and secure funding for future Circuit Trails, major connector trails, and water trails within the Greenway.

This funding will allow Brandywine Conservancy planners to continue to engage with our Greenway partners and provide free technical assistance for priority Greenway initiatives as identified in the Strategic Action Plan. It will also support the following exciting initiatives:

  • Prepare a feasibility study and preliminary design for 1.25 miles of the multi-use Brandywine Trail in Chadds Ford and Birmingham Townships

  • Update the Strategic Action Plan to include social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and community/environmental resiliency issues and recommendations

  • Prepare a feasibility study for the Brandywine Creek Water Trail from Brandywine Park in the City of Wilmington, DE to destinations on the Christina River

  • Engage local Spanish-speaking communities and build a more diverse constituency for trails and conservation

For more information on current Greenway initiatives, contact one of the Conservancy's Brandywine Creek Greenway planning team members: Grant DeCosta; Sheila Fleming; Rob Daniels; Mila Carter; Sarah Sharp; Liv Falcone; or Lisa Timbers.
Congratulations 2022 Mini-Grant Awardees!
West Brandywine Township
Awarded: $10,000
Project: Native tree plantings at Ramblewood Community Park 

East Fallowfield Township
Awarded: $10,000
Project: Construction of gazebo at East Fallowfield Township Community Park
The Brandywine Creek Greenway Mini-Grant Program is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Program Environmental Stewardship Fund, administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. The next Mini-Grant round will be offered this fall and details will be announced in the coming months. Visit the BCG Mini-Grant Program website for general information and sample documents from previous rounds.
Upcoming Greenway Events
September 17, 2022

All Partners Meeting
October, 2022 - Details Coming Soon