Township eNews

 July 13, 2018


Upper Merion Around the World!

Calling all world travelers! Snap a picture of yourself in Upper Merion Township or King of Prussia clothing on your travels and we'll feature you in the newsletter. Submit the photo by emailing the Public Information Office.

This week's feature: The township namesake at Hohenzollern Castle in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. Photo submitted by David Rassbach.


Zucchini 500

Saturday, July 14 | 9:00AM

Upper Merion Farmers Market
Upper Merion Township Building
The 9th Annual Zucchini 500 is tomorrow! To participate in the race, children ages 12 and under will create and decorate race cars using zucchini and UMFM-supplied wooden wheels and axles. The cars will then race in pairs down a 16-foot wooden ramp. Prizes will be awarded to the top four winners. 

Upper Merion Community Garden Ribbon Cutting

Saturday, July 14 | 3:00 to 7:00PM

Sunny Hill Farm, 135 E. Valley Forge Rd.
Celebrate the opening of the Upper Merion Community Garden at Sunny Hill Farm! We'll kick off the Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting, followed by food and drink vendors.

Concerts Under the Stars: Scythian

Sunday, July 15 | 6:00PM

Township Building Park
What better way to celebrate summer than joining us at our free outdoor concert series? This Sunday, come out and enjoy awesome live music, delicious food, and refreshing drinks!

Coffee with a Cop

Monday, July 16 | 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Starbucks (180 W Dekalb Pike)
Do you have questions, concerns, or just want to get to know your local police? Stop by Starbucks to have a conversation with officers from the Upper Merion Township Police Department!

Summer Carillon Concert Series

Wednesday, July 18 | 7:30PM

Washington Memorial Chapel
Route 23 in Valley Forge Park
Philippe Beullens, Carillonneur from Belgium, will perform. These free hour-long concerts are held every Wednesday in July and August at 7:30PM, rain or shine. For more information, call 610-783-0120 or 610-265-5211 or visit

Historic Tours of Upper Merion
Saturday, July 28 | 9:30AM

The King of Prussia Historical Society is offering tours of Upper Merion Township in a comfortable, air-conditioned 15-passenger van. The next tour begins at Little Sicily Pizza at 9:30AM with a brief introduction and then stops at numerous sites throughout the township. Circling back to Little Sicily at about 1:00PM, all are invited to stay for lunch (not included) and share their own local historical stories. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the society’s website

Meeting Schedule



July 16


Economic and Community Development Committee


Freedom Hall




July 17


Environmental Advisory Council
Henderson Room

Upper Merion Sanitary and Stormwater Authority
Freedom Hall

Community Center Advisory Board
Community Center Conference Room



July 18


Zoning Hearing Board


Freedom Hall

Shade Tree and Beautification Commission


Henderson Room



July 19


BOS Business Meeting
Freedom Hall



July 20


No Meetings Scheduled


Yoga Happy Hour

Tuesdays, June through August | 5:30 to 6:30PM
King of Prussia Town Center
Enjoy free outdoor yoga sessions all summer long! The introductory class welcomes all levels of practice. Afterward, stick around for Happy Hour specials and freebies from KOPTC restaurants. BYO mat, towel, and water. 


National Night Out

Tuesday, August 7 | 6:00 to 9:00PM

Target (160 W Dekalb Pike)The Upper Merion Township Police Department is hosting their first ever National Night Out. They've teamed up with other local police agencies to bring a night of entertainment, information, and fun to your community! There will be music, games, bounce houses, a rock wall, food, prizes, police demonstrations, and much more...all for FREE! Learn more.

7th Annual King of Prussia 9/11 Memorial 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk

Sunday, September 9 | 7:30AM

170 Allendale Road

Registration deadlines:

Adult pre-registration: $25 by July 15

Adult pre-registration: $30 by July 16 - September 5

Adult pre-registration: $35 (day of registration)

12 & Under: Free

Teams of ten or more qualify for special pricing. Please email for more details. Join the King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company and Upper Merion community for this annual run/ walk. Proceeds help build and maintain the memorial. Learn more and register online.


Advertise With Us!

If you're interested in advertising in our official township publications, please contact us.

Township Lines: Email Allison Pimm

Community Map: Email Michele Freiberg


KOPSC Fall Intramural Soccer Registration is Now Open

This is a beginner soccer program for boys and girls ages 5-9. The program focuses on basics and fun! No travel involved. The program begins in September and takes place at Baxter Field. For more information, visit KOPSC's website. If you have any questions or need financial assistance, please contact Jim Roberts at If you have any questions about the Intramural Soccer Program, please contact Rose Hinkle at


Farmers Market

175 West Valley Forge Road
Every Saturday

Mid-May to Mid-November

Rain or Shine!


Next Market: Saturday, July 14


Children ages 12 and under are invited to participate in our 9th Annual Zucchini 500! If you missed picking up your wheel kit, you can get one the day of the race and decorate your race car using a zucchini and wooden wheels and axles. Prizes will be awarded to the top four winners.


Interested in volunteering for the market? Contact Vince at 484-636-3910 or email


Resident Services

Yard Waste Collection

Now through October 26

The yard waste collection season will run through Friday, October 26, 2018. Pickup days will vary each week depending on workload and weather. We will make every effort to collect yard waste the same week the request is submitted. Fill out a request for service online or call the Public Works Department at 610-265-8465 before 12:00PM on the Tuesday of the week you wish to have your yard waste picked up. Please follow the collection guidelines.

Neighborhood Meals on Wheels

Neighborhood Meals on Wheels has been delivering nutritious and affordable meals to the homebound of Upper Merion Township, Borough of Bridgeport and Borough of West Conshohocken since 1974. Local residents deliver the meals Monday to Friday, and conduct a friendly visit and security check on its patrons. For more information, call 610-265-7051 or email



Emerald Ash Borer Phase II: Timber Harvest at Heuser Park

The second phase of the township's Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation Plan at Heuser Park has begun. Over the next few weeks, a timber harvest is taking place on the Schuylkill River West Trail. Access to the trail will be restricted during the logging process for safety reasons.

Environmental Advisory Council: Tip of the Week

Reusable Water Bottles

Less than 20% of plastic water bottles get recycled after a single use. Instead of buying plastic bottles, drink from the tap or purchase a reusable water bottle. If you must use plastic water bottles, always recycle them! Read more tips from the EAC!



Community Center

431 West Valley Forge Road

King of Prussia, PA 19040




There's always something fun happening at the Community Center! Try a fitness class, learn a new craft, or pick up a sport during Open Gym.

Parks & Recreation

Family Dinner Around the Table
Tuesday, July 17 | 5:00 to 6:00PM

In this series, we will discuss how to incorporate those picky eaters into the meal without having to cook a separate meal! Menus and quick dinner ideas will be provided. Learn more today.

British Soccer Camp
Starting July 23

Soccer camp staff will teach campers individual skills and core techniques, while playing freestyle soccer, small sided games, and Camp World Cup! Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt, soccer ball, and coach evaluation as part of the camp fee. Learn more today.


Mini Music Movers
Starting July 25

This interactive program for children and parents will use music to introduce different types of movement and dance, encouraging your children to be confident, self-aware, creative, and active. Learn more today.



Beach Detectives Workshop!

Tuesday, July 17 | 6:30 to 7:30PM

Freedom Hall

Don’t miss this fun night! Kids in grades 1-4 are invited to learn about seashells and meet real, live beach animals brought to you by the Adventure Aquarium. Register online.


Free SAT Practice Test

Saturday, July 21 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM

High school students are invited to prepare for the SATs at our free practice test. Register online.


Public Safety

The Upper Merion Township Public Safety Department is a singular, unified department that encompasses the divisions of police, fire, ambulance, and emergency management services, overseen by Director Tom Nolan, who is also the current Chief of Police.



Upper Merion Police

View the crime bulletin archive.


Fire & Rescue

Have No Fear - Volunteer!

The Upper Merion Township Fire & Rescue Services is seeking volunteers. Interested in joining? Contact William Daywalt, Deputy Fire Marshal, at 610-205-8554 or find out more on our website.


Montgomery County News


Upper Merion Senior Service Center

Located at the Community Center
431 West Valley Forge Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Monday through Friday | 10:00AM to 2:00PM

With proof of age and Montgomery County residency, eligible seniors will receive four $5.00 checks, once per year. The checks can be used to purchase fresh, locally grown vegetables at farmers' markets or farm stands.


Memory Cafe

Tuesday, July 17 | 2:00PM

Join us for caregiver support group discussions. Memory Cafe is presented by Emily Bova, Certified Dementia Practitioner from Arden Courts at King of Prussia.

Roadway Restrictions & Alerts

First Avenue Safety Improvements

The First Avenue Road Diet is a safety improvement project for motorists and pedestrians. The project will reduce the 4-lane road to 3 lanes that includes a lane of traffic in each direction, a dedicated center turn lane, and bicycle lanes or a wider shoulder. Construction is expected to continue throughout the summer. Learn more on the KOP-BID's website.

Schuylkill Expressway Safety and Traffic Improvements

This project is the first phase of a long-range, multi-modal transportation plan designed to enhance travel along Interstate 76. PennDOT will install Variable Speed Limit and Queue Warning systems along Interstate 76 from U.S. 1 to just west of U.S. 202 in Philadelphia, Lower Merion and Upper Merion townships and West Conshohocken Borough, Montgomery County. Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. Learn more.


US 422 E. Ramp to Route 23 Temporarily Closed

The ramp from EB US 422 to Route 23 (Valley Forge Rd) is scheduled to be closed through late summer for construction on a new fly-over ramp. Learn more.


A list of weekly road restrictions and PennDOT maintenance operations in the five-county Philadelphia region is available on the District 6 Traffic Bulletin. | 610-265-2600

For questions, comments, or submissions, contact

175 West Valley Forge Road • King of Prussia, PA 19406-1802