Pa. transfers 16 acres from Pennhurst to East Vincent for park

Part of the Pennhurst property has been given to East Vincent for use as a park. File photo

EAST VINCENT– The state has completed the transfer of 16 acres to the township for a park.

The transferred land, located next to the Southeastern Veterans Center, represents the final step of State Sen. Andrew Dinniman’s 2009 legislation that conveyed a total of 96 acres from the commonwealth to East Vincent.

Being a state-owned property, it needed to be conveyed to the township through legislation. The other 80 acres to be used for a park was formerly Pennhurst State Hospital property; it was turned over to the township in 2009.

“It’s very satisfying to complete this transfer of nearly 100 acres to East Vincent and its residents,” Dinniman said. “This great piece of land will be a wonderful addition to the township and add to the great quality of life enjoyed by its residents.”

State Sen. John Rafferty Jr., R-44th of Collegeville, and state Rep. Tim Hennessey, R-26th of Chester County, also worked on the transfer.

“I am happy that the transfer of the land to East Vincent Township has come to fruition,” Rafferty said. “This is a strong plus for East Vincent and their open space program.”

“It’s been a long and sometimes contentious process to complete this transfer of land to the township. But our efforts were worth it,” Hennessey said. “The residents of East Vincent and Spring City, and the public in general, will enjoy this land forever.”

East Vincent Township Manager Mary Flagg said the transfer of the final 16 acres allows the township supervisors to proceed with developing a plan for the entire 96 acres.

“It will be planned as a whole, and we do look forward to bringing the rest of the community together with the veterans,” Flagg said.

The 16 acres was formerly used by the Southeastern Veterans Center for residential housing. Vacant cottage modular units that occupied the land were razed in 2012.