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HowellKline Surveying was contacted by Landscape Architect Anne F. Walters and Architect Jeffrey C. Beitel, on behalf of Friends of Marshall Square Park, about performing a topographic survey of the park. The Friends of Marshall Square Park is a group of concerned residents formed to support the care, preservation and improvement of the Park for the benefit of the citizens of the Borough of West Chester. Their web site is located at marshallsquarepark.org.

Marshall Square Park is located in the borough of West Chester, the County seat of Chester County Pennsylvania. The park encompasses 5 ½ acres and is bounded by E. Marshall St., N. Franklin St., E. Biddle St. and N.Matlack St. A historical marker located at the park gives a brief history….. “West Chester’s first public square, dedicated in 1848. Recognized at the time for having one of the best collections of trees and shrubs with 160 distinct species. Named in honor of Humphry Marshall (1722 -1801), a world-renowned botanist from Chester County and cousin of John Bartram. In 1764, Marshall constructed a conservatory on his farm for the culture of rare plants. His definitive book on native American trees and shrubs, Arbustrum Americanum is recognized as the first treatise written by an American on American plants. His home still stands in the village of Marshallton.”

After discussions with representatives from the Friends of Marshall Square Park it was determined that the group needed a detailed survey of the park that could be used as the basis for a Master Plan for historic preservation and planning of future projects within the park, such as the proposed restoration/installation of a replica of a Victorian 3 tiered water feature that was a prominent feature in the park over 100 years ago. The detail required included the location of trees, walkways, fountains, structures, signs, benches, buildings, etc. as well as detailed topography to depict the relief of the ground.

HowellKline Surveying utilized two crews to complete the field work. One was a two person crew using a NiKon electronic total station, and the other was a one person crew using a Leica robotic total station to gather the field data on the 5 ½ acre site. The raw field data was reduced in the office and drafted using AutoCadd Civil 3D, 2011, and plotted at a final scale of 1″=30′ and 2 feet contour interval. The final survey was provided in hard copy, digital as well as cadd format for use by the various park committees. The final plan should serve the Friends of Marshall Square Park well for years to come and HowellKline Surveying is proud to be able to assist in the preservation and improvement of this jewel of our community.

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