On Tuesday, May 14, the East Pikeland Township Board of Supervisors held settlement on a 115-acre farm that will be preserved as parkland and open space. The property, located in the northeastern part of the township along Spring City Road and Wall Street, was targeted for what supervisors say was to be high-density development, but it will now be public land. In April, the Chester County Commissioners announced that East Pikeland Township would receive $1,210,500 to purchase the 115-acre Crouse property. That property will eventually become a park, featuring both active and passive recreation, as well as a connection to the Schuylkill River Trail. The land was purchased with money from the Township’s Open Space Fund, in the amount of $5,187,500. That fund was started in 2006, when voters approved a .25 percent increase in their earned income tax to start a fund to preserve open space. The property’s cost is being offset by that County Land Acquisition Grant. To date, more than 1,300 acres have been preserved in the Township (23 percent of land in East Pikeland), either through the Township’s Open Space Program, or private property owners’ initiatives. With this acquisition, the township now owns 356 acres of open space and parkland.