Cutting the ribbon are (from left) Jay Goldstein, Chris Spolsky of the Rotary, Councilwoman Cindy Bass and founding Valley Green Bank board chairman Al Thorell.

Cutting the ribbon are (from left) Jay Goldstein, Chris Spolsky of the Rotary, Councilwoman Cindy Bass and founding Valley Green Bank board chairman Al Thorell.

There was a festive mood on September 28 for a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the restoration of the Cresheim Pergola spearheaded by Valley Green Bank, a division of Univest Bank and Trust Co.

The project cost $40,000 to complete and was paid for by the founding board and staff of the bank and a grant from the Chestnut Hill Community Fund issued to the Chestnut Hill Rotary. The project included landscaping, masonry, cleaning the structures, and rebuilding major parts of the wooden pergolas. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society managed this project.

“When trying to identify the ideal project for Valley Green Bank to thank the community, we knew immediately that restoring the Pergola to its original beauty was perfect,” said Valley Green Bank president Jay Goldstein. “The Pergola acts as a gateway into the City and a wonderful connector of the Chestnut Hill and Mt Airy neighborhoods.”

In addition to the Rotary’s unwavering commitment, the Mt Airy BID and the Chestnut Hill BID have assumed responsibility of cleaning the Pergolas on a regular basis.

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