3rd St. Project

Broomall’s Dam background

The dam across Broomall’s Run was built over a century ago to create Broomall’s Lake, which was historically used as a reservoir, a place to harvest ice for ice boxes, and as a recreational swimming and boating resource. After many years, and the installation of a road on top of the dam, the structure was in need of reconstruction, and was partially removed by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) in 2017. It had been deemed unsafe by the Army Corps of Engineers since 1980.  For a more detailed history of the project, read our History of 3rd Street Bridge/Dam.



A new dam will damage the park

A portion of Glen Providence Park is under threat from the planned reconstruction of Broomall’s Dam. The current design and construction would damage 1.1 acres of the park where there is currently a waterfall, pool, wetlands, and mature trees, replacing them with earthfill and a grassy slope for the new, larger dam. No trees will be permitted on the slope. The design would also reopen the bridge to automotive traffic, compromising an area that has evolved into a peaceful pedestrian walkway through the natural areas surrounding Broomall’s Lake and Glen Providence Park.

Friends of Glen Providence Park is seeking to positively influence the design of the project in order to minimize damage to the park and to prioritize the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. We encourage maximum public participation in the design and decision-making process. We have, in earlier phases of the project, created a petition, and supported dam removal and a pedestrian and bicycle greenway.


The current situation

In May 2012, Media Borough Council voted to move forward with dam reconstruction, despite clear public support for dam removal. In September 2012, Council voted on a compromise design for the dam with a one-way road, from Upper Providence into Media.  We decided to support this compromise resolution for reasons explained in our Letter to the Editor.

Since that time, there have been further developments:


A complex situation

The ownership, legal, financial and safety issues make Broomall’s Dam and Third Street Bridge a particularly thorny and difficult issue to understand. See our 3rd Street FAQ to learn more about the stipulation, the funding issues and who is responsible for the dam.


Be informed

There are well over 300 pages of documents about this project on the Media Borough website. Take a few minutes and read our Guide to the Bridge/Dam documents, and decide which documents to review for yourself! Leading up to the August and October Public Meetings in 2011, we had a lot of questions about those documents and the project, which we submitted to the project engineers.  Read our Condensed Q&A for their responses!


For more information on the Broomall’s Dam project, read through our articles, and visit the website of Keep Media Green



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