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Prospect Park Borough


Prospect Park Borough municipal offices are located at 720 Maryland Avenue, Prospect Park, PA 19076; phone: 610-532-1007.

Beginnings [1]

In 1870 the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore railroad determined on a change of its route between Philadelphia and Chester. The new line opened up a new region for settlements, and several new thriving communities were inaugurated on the "Darby Improvement," as the new line was at first termed. Ridley Park, near the center of Ridley township, being one point selected. The site was selected by Robert Morris Copeland, a capable landscape gardener of Boston, who saw in the rolling land, the creeks, woodland, river view and nearness to Philadelphia, an ideal site. On May 26 1871, Lindley Smith, Samuel M. Felton, Isaac Hinkle and Williams Sellers entered into partnership as the Ridley Park Association. On the land previously secured, improvements began under Mr. Copeland's supervision. The new road was opened for travel in November 1872. Ridley Park had a continuous career of prosperity, reporting in 1880 a population of 439; in 1900 it had grown to 1,234, and a decade later the enumeration showed a resident population of 1,761. The village was incorporated a borough in December, 1888, H. F. Kenney being elected first burgess; John H. Devine at present (1913) holding that office. A live Civic Association keeps constant vigil over the borough interests and improvements; a golf, men's and women's clubs flourish, that give direction to the borough's social life. There are no manufacturing plants in the borough, it being a community of homes. An efficient fire company protects the borough.

The religious sentiment of the borough is marked, houses of worship being maintained by the leading denominations: — Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Methodist, and Roman Catholic. An excellent public system, including a high school, provides educational advantages of a high order. The borough is located 10 miles southwest of Philadelphia and joins Prospect Park Borough on the north.

  1. Jordan, John W., LL.D., A History of Delaware County Pennsylvania and It's People, Volume I, 1914, Lewis Historical Publishing, New York
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