Montgomery County locations earn open space awards

Centre Square Commons in Whitpain Township

Five outstanding projects and a long-standing committee that has preserved an impressive amount of open space in Montgomery County received 2018 Montgomery Awards at the annual Montgomery awards celebration.

This annual program, which is in its 51st year, recognizes the best in planning, design, and advocacy in Montgomery County. It promotes awareness of outstanding design and innovative planning in our communities and acknowledges the high quality of work and commitment of communities, organizations, and professionals in contributing to these exceptional projects. For more information on the program and all winners, visit

Centre Square Commons
Whitpain Township

An outstanding redevelopment project awarded for collaborative planning, creative design, and community investment. This exceptional redevelopment project transformed a collection of unconnected properties into a community town center that not only reflects the vision of the township’s comprehensive plan but also reestablished the heart of Centre Square Village.

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Cheltenham Elementary School
Cheltenham Township

A successful redevelopment project awarded for community vision, creative building design, and the creation of a sustainable landscape. This exceptional project, which transformed this property into a new public education campus and sustainable asset, continues to promote the district’s commitment to education and neighborhood connections, retaining the school’s legacy in the community.

Hallowell Elementary School
Horsham Township

An innovative redevelopment project awarded for successful community collaboration, innovative design, and sustainable practices. This outstanding project, which transformed a brownfield into a new state-of-the-art elementary school and sustainable asset, demonstrates how successful collaboration can benefit the entire community.

Lions Gate at Penn State Abington
Abington Township

A transformative redevelopment project awarded for innovative design, community investment, and sustainable practices. This exemplary project, which transformed a neglected site into a unique student living facility, is a community amenity that helps to complete the fabric of Penn State and Abington Township.

Upper Pottsgrove Township
Open Space & Recreation Board

Upper Pottsgrove Township
2018 Planning Advocate Award

A dedicated volunteer group recognized for community vision, sustained commitment to conservation of natural resources, and successful open space preservation and trail development achievements. Over nearly three decades, the board has created an enviable record of accomplishments, furthering the vision and goals of the township.


Andorra Creek Floodplain Restoration
Whitemarsh Township
2018 Environmental Stewardship Award

A successful floodplain restoration and wetland creation project along the Andorra Creek awarded for controlling streambank erosion and sediment, reconnecting the channel to the surrounding land, and mitigating flooding. This project has restored much of the creek’s habitat and ecological function and has created an aesthetically pleasing environment.

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