Category: Parks and Recreation
Category: Parks and Recreation
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PARKS & RECREATION IS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer for community events and activities. Here are just a few…
Karen Whitney, Director
The Township’s Recreation Services Division provides numerous year-round special events and community services. The Township also oversees and maintains 420 acres of active and passive recreation areas in 13 parks. Warminster Community Park is our largest, 240 acres, with over 5 miles of trails. Many of our other parks are pocket parks located in neighborhoods. Sport organizations such as soccer, football, basketball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, and softball are offered by various adult and youth sport organizations throughout the seasons.
Starting in January 2015, Warminster Township has partnered with the Central Bucks Family YMCA to provide the day-to-day programs that many residents have enjoyed through the Parks & Recreation Department. Many of our instructors have transitioned to the Y to provide the same quality activities that residents have come to expect. Many of the programs continue to be held at the WREC @ Warminster Community Park (WCP), 1100 Veterans Way.
With the changes to our programming initiatives, the Parks & Recreation Department is revamping our website and online registration software. Until this is complete, registration for any special event can be done over the phone by calling 215-443-5428.
Warminster Township Parks and Recreation Department offers discount tickets to various amusement parks, attractions, and ski resorts, click here to view price list and availability. Tickets are sold Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM at the WREC@WCP. No refunds or returns – while supplies last.
Discount Movie Tickets for Regal Entertainment Group
Movie Tickets are sold for $9.50 each at the Parks & Recreation office, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. These are Premiere tickets for Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theaters and may have some restrictions for 3D or IMAX movies..
2016 Dog License and Bark Park Paw Passes
Annual 2016 Dog Licenses and Bark Park Paw Passes are available for purchase in the Parks & Recreation office, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Bark Park classes are now forming for new members. Check on line for more information: www.warminstertownship.org/barkpark.
Memorial Bench & Memorial Tree Programs
Warminster Parks & Recreation recognizes the value of commemorating life experience. In response to many resident requests, the Township is proud to announce the addition of a memorial bench program to our memorial tree program. Throughout our community parks, newly planted trees and benches made from recycled plastics are being installed to provide comfort to park visitors to enjoy not only the shade but various views of our parks. Click here to download the memorial tree form.
Today, many people buy a memorial gift of a bench to honor the memory of a lost relative, pet or fallen soldier or to celebrate a joyous occasion, accomplishment, family milestone or new addition. Often they are placed in a park where relatives and friends can visit. If you enjoy a particular park and wish to place a lasting memorial, consider donating a bench or tree to the community. Click here to download the memorial bench form.
For weather closings and program cancellations at the WREC, listen to KYW News Radio, 1060 AM, Fox 29 News or check Channels 22 or 45, or the Township website at www.warminstertownship.org. Just listen or watch for our name and message! We are unable to give refunds or credit for emergency or weather-related cancellations, or other circumstances beyond our control. However, we will make every possible attempt to reschedule the event.
Warminster Parks & Recreation recognizes the importance of recreation for everyone. Many of our facilities are barrier free. We will, to the best of our ability, adapt our parks, trips, and special events to make them accessible to persons with special needs. We invite physically challenged persons to let us know what kinds of adaptations we can make so that as many people as possible can enjoy quality leisure services.
•TDD for the Hearing & Speech Impaired: We can be reached by contacting the Pennsylvania telephone relay service at (800) 654-5984.
•Sports for Individuals with Disabilities – Information on organizations serving physically challenged athletes is available at these websites: www.dsusa.org: www.disabled-world.com/sports; www.dasasports.org; www.mageerehab.org: www.wheelchairnet.org: or search: Disabled Sports.
Warminster Township Parks & Recreation Department provides a series of year-round special events to all local residents. Pre-registration is required for some events as listed. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available for most events. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 215-443-5428 or visit our offices at WREC@WCP, 1100 Veterans Way, Warminster.
COME OUT TO PLAY!
Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society (PRPS) & DCNR, in cooperation with communities across the state, have created an “Explore PA Local Parks” program as part of the “Good For You, Good for All” initiative. The goal is to get as many people as possible out exploring local parks and enjoying the positive benefits of recreation. Go to http://maps.dcnr.pa.gov/localparks/ and enter in the name of municipality that you wish to visit.
TOUCH A TRUCK
Saturday, October 28, 2017 FREE to the Public!
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM at Warminster Community Park
Come out and enjoy an unforgettable experience where kids, young & old, can touch, honk, and climb aboard some of the big rigs, construction, and public safety equipment they see on the road every day. NEW! A limited number of outside vendors will be accepted this year for businesses who wish to bring their trucks to the event. A great way to see these trucks up close and personal! Sponsored by: JP Mascaro & Sons & Southampton-Warminster Area Lions Club
RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 7:45 AM-6:30 PM
Fees: $110/resident, $115/Non-resident
Join us to celebrate this annual tradition. Trip includes motorcoach transportation and 2nd mezzanine ticket at the 11 AM show. Free time in NYC after the show for lunch, shopping or sightseeing. Trip fills fast, call to reserve your seats! (The trip is sold out but we are taking a waiting list as we always have cancellations)
REGISTRATION FOR ALL 2018 EVENTS WILL OPEN ON NOVEMBER 1, 2018
Tickets include – 20 games of Bingo with chef’s choice hors’ d’ouvre buffet and beer & wine bar from 6:30-9:30 PM. (Must be 21 to Play/Enter). Space is limited and sells out fast! Order tickets on Dec 1 by calling (215) 443-5428 with a credit card. If you would like to sponsor a basket/bag or donate towards the purchase of a basket/bag to be used as a prize, please call the Parks & Recreation office at (215) 443-5428.
ANNUAL EGG SCRAMBLE
Thursday, March 29, 2018 Time: 4:30 PM Rain or shine
Fees: FREE ~Pre-registration required!! (215) 443-5428 or www.warminstertownship.org/specialevents
Attention area children, ages 3-10! You are invited to participate in the annual Egg Scramble, sponsored by FULTON BANK and Mr. E. Bunny. Eggs will be scattered outside around WCP, 1100 Veterans Way, for age groups: 3-4 yrs., 5-7 yrs. & 8-10 yrs. Limited to 500 children
This page is for requesting a Block Party in Warminster Township. Unless there is a conflict, approved Block Party Forms will be forwarded to the Public Works Department, Police Department and Office of the Township Manager. Please complete the form with as much information as possible. By submitting this form, the applicant agrees to waive and hold harmless Warminster Township from all claims, liability, loss, damages and injury which may result from this event. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 215-443-5428.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Safety Town is a miniaturized version of Warminster Township where young children can ride tricycles and big wheels and play in a make-believe town. All the storefronts and street buildings will be local businesses and the safety signs and street markings have been shrunk down to smaller size to help teach the importance of street safety to our youngsters. Stop signs, street lights, a railroad crossing, and pedestrian crosswalks are all included. The buildings have been designed for interactive play. There is plenty to spur the imagination of any child!
♦ A-1 Pest Control ♦ Abington Health Care Center – Warminster Campus ♦ Al Million & Son Auto Body ♦ Altomonte’s Italian Market ♦ Angel Nails ♦ Ann’s Choice ♦ Be Forever Green ♦ Bucks County Bank ♦ Bux-Mont Foot & Ankle Care Centers ♦ Carey Insurance Agency ♦ Carroll Engineering ♦ Centennial School District ♦ Chiropractic Physicians Of Bucks County ♦ Coffman’s Auto Repair ♦ Collision Max ♦ Dan Finello – District Judge ♦ Dr. Michael Luciano ♦ First National Bank & Trust of Newtown ♦ First Niagara Bank ♦ Fox Chase Bank ♦ Friedman Schuman ♦ Fulton Bank ♦ Gilmore & Associates, Inc ♦ Giuseppe’s Pizza and Restaurant ♦ Hartsville Fire Co. ♦ Holiday Inn Express ♦ J P Mascaro & Sons ♦ Jim’s Soft Pretzel Bakery ♦ Kenney’s Madison Tavern ♦ Kiddie Academy of Warminster ♦ Lewis Paints/CP Printing ♦ Little Leo’s Café ♦ McDonough Plumbing & Heating ♦ McNamara, Bolla,Williams & Panzer ♦ Nancy’s Farm ♦ National Penn Bank ♦ O’Neil Buick GMC ♦ Remax Centre Realtors ♦ RJ Luce Associates, LLC ♦ Robert Allen Contracting ♦ Roman Delight ♦ Sharp Cut Tree Care ♦ Steak and Hoagie Factory ♦ Suburban Marble and Granite/Tile Gallery ♦ The Intelligencer ♦ The Learning Experience ♦ The Medicine Shoppe ♦ Tony’s Place ♦ Township of Warminster ♦ Tri-County Electrical Supply ♦ Tucci General Contractor, Inc ♦ Vertical Screen ♦ Victory Gardens ♦ Warminster Fire Dept. ♦ Warminster Municipal Authority ♦ Warminster Police Dept ♦ Warminster Volunteer Ambulance Corps ♦ Warminster West Diner ♦ Yum Yum Donuts ♦
Community Block Parties
If you are planning a Block Party, please download the “party” form by clicking here, complete online, or stop in the Parks and Rec. office to complete your permit so that you may receive barricades. This ensures a safe and fun event!
Picnic Kits are portable sport bags filled with a variety of sports equipment. They are available with a $30/kit deposit. Half of all deposits will be returned when equipment is returned in good order. To reserve your kit, call 215/443-5428.
Park / Pavilion Rentals
There are several pavilions available for rent in the Warminster park system. Park Facilities are available for weddings, family picnics, sport activities and business gatherings. The Hallowell Pavilion, at Warminster Community Park, is available for groups of 25-100+. All pavilion rentals require a $100 security deposit and a $50 rental fee for Warminster residents ($75/NR) for a four hour period. Smaller pavilions are available at Kemper and Munro at a lesser fee. Permit holders have priority at all park pavilions. If you wish to book a pavilion, contact the Parks & Rec office at (215) 443-5428 for availability and download the form from the website. (Pavilion Rental Form or a Park Facility Request Form).
Location: 999 Log College (Log College & Gorson Dr.)
Acreage: 14 (Environment Protection Zone)
Facilities Available: Walking trail, natural area
Location: Norristown Road
Acreage: 14 (Environment Protection Zone)
Facilities Available: Handicap Accessible, Walking Trail, Playground, Open Space, Nature Area
Location: 25 Van Horn Drive
Facilities Available: Basketball Courts, Parking, Playground, Softball Field
Location: Gorson Drive
Acreage: 6.8 (Environment Protection Zone)
Facilities Available: Preserved open space, Nature trail
Location: Kirk Road, off Jacksonville
Facilities Available: U N D E V E L O P E D
Location: 905 Valley Road (Valley & Sinkler Roads)
Facilities Available: Walking Trails, Nature Areas, Picnic Areas, Parking, Picnic Pavilions, Playground, Softball Field
Location: 1070 Log College Drive
Facilities Available: Basketball Court, Tennis Court, Nature Areas, Playground, Grass Volleyball Courts
Location: 525 Maple Street
Facilities Available: Basketball Court, Playground
Location: 700 Fairfield Drive
Facilities Available: Picnic Area, Playground
Location: 1270 Newtown Road (off Bristol Road)
Facilities Available: Baseball Field, Soccer Fields (lighted), Picnic Areas, Parking, Playground, Refreshment Stand (seasonal), Restrooms, Softball Fields, Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, Skate Spot
Location: 200 Street Road
Facilities Available: Basketball Courts, Football Field, Parking, Restroom, Softball Field, Playground
Location: 1100 Veterans Way (Johnsville Blvd. & Veterans Way)
Facilities Available: Walking Trails, Nature Areas, Parking, Playground, Pavilion, Picnic Area, Pond, Restrooms
- Soccer Field G, H & I are located at 1275 Newtown Road
- Special event entrance 350 E. Bristol Rd. (At intersection of Hatboro & Bristol Rds.)
Location: 100 Kirk Road (off Jacksonville)
Facilities Available: Football Field (lighted), Picnic Areas, Parking, Playground, Refreshment Stand (seasonal), Restrooms, Softball Field
Park facilities & pavilions are available for parties, family picnics, sport activities & business gatherings for a reasonable fee. Please do not forget to reserve your pavilion or field by completing a facility request permit in the Parks & Rec. Office. Permit holders have priority. Forms can be obtained from the township website on-line at www.warminstertownship.org
FRIENDS OF WARMINSTER PARKS
Friends of Warminster Parks is a volunteer, non-profit organization committed to raising awareness and funds for the improvement, preservation and continued development of the Warminster Township Park system. The goal is to raise funds to enhance and develop both passive and active recreational areas in Warminster Township Parks and support recreational programs for the benefit and enjoyment of Warminster residents. We will promote community participation and support for Warminster Township Parks. Please call the Parks & Recreation Department for a meeting schedule. We invite you to join us and bring Friends!
For more info about the Friends group, visit the website @ www.friendsofwarminsterparks.org
CHRIST HOME PARK UPDATE
2015 will be an exciting year as we will be finishing construction of Christ Home Park. With input from local residents, there have been some changes to the original plans. Paving of the entire trail has been completed and many residents are using this connector pathway. Bollards will be installed at the trial heads located at Cloverly and Norristown Roads. The playground is being moved out of the wetland area to the flat section of the park. Benches and wetland education signage will be added in the wetland area. Residents are invited to purchase Memorial benches for this park. A short connecting walkway will be installed where the property abuts the Belair Road cul-de-sac.
NEW PLAYGROUND COMING TO MEADOW RUN PARK
Once the weather breaks, the old playground at Meadow Run will be removed and replaced by a new piece of play apparatus. Watch our progress and we hope to have this in place by April.
SKATE PARK TO BE RESURFACED
The Skate Spot at Munro Park is scheduled to be resurfaced this spring. During this process, the park will be closed to all users for about a week to allow the resurfacing material to set properly. Dates of closure will be posted at the Skate Spot.
BARK PARK NEWS
Memberships to the Warminster Bark Park are available for area residents. There are no limits on the number of members who can participate in the Park. Paw Passes (electronic key entry cards) are available for annual fees (Jan.-Dec.) of $25/Warminster resident household/year ($35/Non-Resident).
New members are required to complete an application, provide copies of current County license and vet certificate of vaccinations, pay an annual fee and attend a Bark Park workshop. These 90-minute workshops are provided FREE by a certified trainer so that area members and their canine friends get the most of the dog park experience. In exchange, members receive the Rules and Regs, Bark Park etiquette & safety info, a Bark Park ID tag and a Paw Pass electronic gate card. Hours for the park will be 7:00 AM-Sunset – weather and conditions permitting. The Bark Park has been designed to include two (2) separate fenced-in areas for the large and small dogs to run off-leash and include pavilion coverage, water (in season) and benches. For more information on registration, regulations and class dates check out the website @ www.warminstertownship.org/barkpark.
Reminders for our Bark Park Members:
RECYCLE IN THE PARKS
Warminster Township can now co-mingle our recyclables and JP Mascaro has provided an option for single-stream recyclable pick up in the parks. Watch for the new marked trash cans and red toters. Please be sure to separate your regular trash from the glass, plastic and aluminum so that we may join the recycling stream!
VANDALISM – It Hurts Everyone
With so many people using our parks, we hope to see a reduction this year in the amount of vandalism in the parks. Already Munro, Szymanek and WCP have been affected by useless damage. Instead of spending tax dollars to improve the parks, we are constantly trying to stay ahead of the repair & replacement costs which have resulted from break-ins, arson and general building & equipment vandalism.
If you see it happening, do not intervene or put yourself at risk – call the Police! An Anti-Vandalism Ordinance is in place. There is a reward if your information leads to an arrest and conviction. If you see vandalism, dumping or other hazards, DON’T WAIT!! Please call the Police Department immediately at (215) 672-1000 or 9-1-1.
BIRDERS CAN ENJOY THE PARKS YEAR ROUND
WCP has become a haven for many species of birds which have been seen in the park and surrounding areas throughout the year. From January through April, Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker and Golden-Crowned and Ruby-Crowned Kinglets can be found in Kemper Park in winter. Eastern Bluebirds, American Tree Sparrows and Field Sparrows will be in Warminster Community Park. The coldest days may bring Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspur or American Pipits to large “barren” fields around the Park. Gull flocks may include Iceland, Laughing, Lesser Black-Backed or Herring Gulls with the common Ring-Billed Gulls. A Short-Eared Owl was spotted over WCP recently. Spring migration starts in late March with waterfowl. Check ponds for Green-Winged Teal, Hooded Mergansers and other unusual ducks. A flock of 120 Tundra Swans flew over WCP in a recent winter. And dozens of species of migrants will show up at Kemper Park beginning in April. You may spot a Northern Waterthrush or Nashville Warbler along with the more common Palm and Pine Warblers.
PLEASE DON’T FEED THE WILDLIFE!
Parks and Recreation is working with the USDA Wildlife Service to protect the health of our park birds and wildlife. Please do not feed the waterfowl (geese, ducks, gulls, etc.) or the deer in our parks. Feeding these wild animals creates dependence, promotes the spread of disease and upsets the natural cycles. Thank you for your cooperation.
In numerous parks throughout the system, there are instances of neighbors who have placed woodpiles, sheds, play apparatus, even swimming pools on park property. If your residence backs up to a park, please be aware of your property boundaries before installing anything. Items that encroach on park land must be removed at the cost of the homeowner no matter how long they have been in place.
NO DUMPING REMINDER
For residents who back up to our park system, please be reminded that no dumping is allowed. Since public access is limited behind the homes at Barness Park, Devonshire Court, Meadow Run Park, Ivy Woods and Kemper Park, we can only infer that neighbors are dumping in the parks. This practice must cease and desist immediately or you may be cited by our L&I or Police Department. Leaves, trees, limbs, trimmings and other yard waste must be removed and disposed of properly through the trash company.
TRAIL MAPS AVAILABLE!
There are now over 5 miles of paved trail at WCP! Maps can be downloaded from the Township website for personal use (click here). Several trails bisect the park to create a multitude of walking, biking and running opportunities. Along the way, you’ll experience some hidden park treasures and enjoy much of the wildlife. Please note the posted trail signs for everyone’s safety!
POOPER SCOOPER ORDINANCE
Ordinance #565 regulates animal defecation on public and private property and the disposal of animal feces. Pet owners are required to clean up after their animals, not only in the parks, but on all public and private property in the Township, or face a possible fine up to $1,000.
WARMINSTER SPORT ORGANIZATIONS
The 14 different Warminster Sport Organizations operate independently of the Parks & Recreation Department. We do not oversee their operations, set prices or policies, or act as a mediator during disputes. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please contact each organization. Phone numbers and websites are listed here.
TREE MEMORIALS AND PLANT DONATIONS
The Parks & Recreation Department accepts donations of plants, trees and shrubs before March 30 and after November 1. This allows plants the needed adjustment period before growing season begins or ends. We also have a Tree Memorial program in the park system. If you would like to donate trees, shrubs or flowers, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 215/443-5428 or download the Memorial form by clicking here.
MEMORIAL BENCHES NOW AVAILABLE
In response to many resident requests, a Memorial Bench program is now in place. These attractive benches made from recycled plastic can be engraved with a personal message. For more information call the Parks & Recreation Department at 215-443-5428 or download the brochure by clicking here.
The Parks & Recreation Department would like to extend special thanks to those groups, businesses, and individuals who have contributed to our special events and classes, and also to those who have donated their time, muscle, energy, or materials and supplies. Thank you everyone! We could not have done it without YOU!
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NEW PARK SIGNS PROJECT COMPLETED
The replacement of all Township Park signs was completed by fall of 2014 with donations from the Friends of Warminster Parks. All of the new signs are made from durable recycled materials and have a consistent design. New signs have been placed at all park entrances. Special thanks to Banacom Signs for donating several of these new park signs and some of the smaller directional signs needed in the parks. Businesses or individuals wishing to donate for additional signs should contact the Park and Recreation office.
ADVERTISE YOUR ORGANIZATION ON WARMINSTER’S COMMUNITY GATEWAY
The Township invites all community civic and sport organizations to place their symbol on our community “gateway” sign located at County Line and York Roads. Symbols should be no larger than 16 inches in diameter. For more information, please contact Karen at the Parks & Recreation office: (215)443-5428.
• Seasonal Park staff – Applications are accepted starting January 1 for seasonal summer employment in the parks.
• For info & an application, call (215)443-5428 or download one from the Township website.
DONATIONS & GRANTS APPRECIATED!
The Parks & Recreation Department would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for recent donations and assistance: Centennial School District, Sport Car Club of America (SCCA), Voicenet, PHS, and Rich Grandfield Tree Service.
BARK PARK NEWS
Memberships to the Warminster Bark Park are available for area residents. For those new to the park, completion of an application, current dog license and rabies certificate and attendance at a Bark Park workshop is required to get a Paw Pass. Paw Passes (electronic key entry cards) are available for annual fees (Jan.-Dec.) of $25/Warminster resident household/year ($35/NR). For more information on registration, regulations and class dates check out the website @ www.warminstertownship.org/barkpark.
EAGLE SCOUT/GOLD STAR PROJECTS
For troops looking for community service hours, we still need assistance with the storm water protection project. In accordance with DEP regulations, all of the storm water drains in the municipality need to be marked or stenciled with “no dumping”. Any troop or Eagle Scout interested in this project for community service should contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (215)443-5428 as soon as possible.
WARMINSTER SOCCER CLUB DONATES SHED
Warminster Soccer Club has donated a new shed to Warminster Community Park. This shed will be used as a concession stand and storage shed in season. Thank you to all the volunteers that pitched in and worked on this project.
GOT A SPECIAL EVENT, TRIP OR TOUR IDEA?
We are always on the lookout for new events and trips to offer our residents. If you have an idea for a trip or special event, and/or wish to become a volunteer for these activities, please don’t hesitate to call us @ (215) 443-5428.
PERENNIALS FOR PARKS
If you are dividing your perennials this spring, why not donate your “discards” to the Parks Department to improve our park landscaping. Due to limited maintenance staff, please call before dropping off marked plants at the Parks & Rec office between March 1 and May 1, as we may not have staff time to plant them. Or if you wish to help and install them yourself, just call (215) 443-5428 and we’ll provide guidelines for where to plant in the parks.
PHILA. REGION SPORT CAR CLUB OF AMERICA (SCCA)
Parks & Rec would like to thank SCCA for their recent donation to the park system. The Philadelphia Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) annually holds 10 days of Solo autocross events at Warminster Community Park. They also offer Driving Skills and Teen Street Survival schools. Further details about these and other motor sports events sponsored by the Phila. Region SCCA is available at their website: WWW.PHILLYSCCA.COM
WARMINSTER SKATE SPOT SEEKS ADVERTISING & SPONSORSHIP SUPPORT
The Skate Spot Committee continues the advertising campaign to raise funds to purchase more equipment at the Skate Spot. They have also teamed up with the Friends of Warminster Parks to increase sponsorship opportunities so that the Skate Spot at Munro Park may be expanded with new equipment. Join the organizations, businesses and families that have already donated to this worthy cause. If you would like more information about this park or the fund raising efforts, please call (215) 443-5428 or check out the website: www.facebook.com/warminsterskatespot.