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About Us

Karen Whitney, Director

The Township’s Recreation Services Division provides numerous year-round special events and community services. With the changes to our programming initiatives in 2015, the Parks & Recreation Department has begun rebuilding many of our educational programs and creating new activities.  Due to the limited size our building, we have partnered with many local facilities to outsource some of our programs.  While many are free, all programs and special events require registration. Feel free to call the office at 215-443-5428 or use the online registration: www.warminstertownship.org/specialevents if you need more information.

The Department also oversees and maintains 420 acres of active and passive recreation areas in 13 parks. Warminster Community Park is the largest, 240 acres, with over 5 miles of trails. Many of our other parks are pocket parks located in neighborhoods. We encourage residents to take time to enjoy nature use this website to find local parks: https://goodforpa.com. Sport organizations such as soccer, football, basketball, swimming, wrestling, kickball, baseball, and softball are offered by various adult and youth sport organizations throughout the seasons.


PARKS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE DURING THE PANDEMIC

Covid-19 continues to create challenges for everyone, but the one saving grace is that our municipal park system remains available to all area residents throughout the pandemic.  It has brought to light just how important recreation opportunities and the natural environment are to the health and wellbeing of all our park users.  We have observed a dramatic increase in the use of parks, trails and recreation facilities.  Parks have become places where people can enjoy the natural environment to reduce anxiety and stress and burn off excess energy if gyms are closed.  With more than 410 municipal acres, which includes neighborhood parks as well as regional destinations, residents have been able to social distance while enjoying nature and getting exercise.  “The National Recreation and Park Association surveyed Americans to see how essential they felt parks, trails and open spaces are during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey revealed that 83% of U.S. adults agreed that visiting their local parks, trails and open spaces is essential for their mental and physical well-being during the COVID-19 ordeal”.

As we move through the seasons with so many unknowns, we will continue to try to offer our most popular programs and events, but restrictions may cause some additional cancellations.  Some of our events have gone virtual and others have moved outside.  To stay up to date and explore more options, we recommend that you subscribe to the township email.  Also, check out the websites for Warminster Free Library, Doylestown Health and the PSU Extension Service (https://extension.psu.edu) as they provide many virtual educational and free webinar programs.  Please be assured that we will continue to keep the members of the community active, happy and healthy. To prevent the spread of coronavirus, and for the protection of yourself, your family and others, please wear a mask while using the park, stay home if you feel ill, wash hands and continue to social distance while visiting township offices and parks and take care to properly dispose of trash.  We greatly appreciate the continued support of area residents during these challenging times.

 

WARMINSTER COMMUNITY PARK IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY

Work has begun on the new facilities at Warminster Community Park! Meco Constructors, the contractor for the project, is making good progress, in spite of the winter weather. Most of the work completed so far has involved earth moving for stormwater and future sport fields, and preparation of the runway for the paving of the new driveways and parking lots, so it might not look as though much is going on, but a lot is happening. Probably the most dramatic change in the park so far has been the replacement of the 6’ chain link fence along Bristol Road and Newtown Road near Munro Park with a white equestrian-style PVC fence.

As with all public improvement projects, there will be some inconvenience to the public during construction. But as they say, good things come to those who wait! When construction is completed, the park will have a new pavilion with rest rooms; a new playground; two new baseball fields; a new soccer field; a multipurpose field; new basketball courts, including a Bankshot inclusive court; a permanent entrance at Bristol/Hatboro Roads with the new fencing along Bristol and Newtown Roads; expanded driveways and parking; and landscaped areas on the runway. Most of the work is taking place on and west of the runway (across from Munro Park), and those areas of the park have been temporarily closed to keep park visitors safe. We ask that all park users follow the signs and observe the closed areas so that we can keep the rest of the park open during construction. The basketball courts, Safety Town, much of the runway, and the interior trails, including the crossover trail, are blocked or closed. However, the perimeter trail and the interior trails on the east side of the runway are open for walking, jogging, and cycling. The pavilion and playground are open, as is the Bark Park, which can be accessed by walking on the grass to the left of the orange construction fence.

This project is made possible with grant funding from the Bucks County Municipal Open Space program, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnership Program (C2P2), Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) and donations from developers, community organizations and individuals. If you have any questions regarding the park project, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 215-443-5428 or email us at recreation@warminsterpa.org.
We look forward to opening these new facilities this summer!

 

EV CHARGING STATION NOW AVAILABLE IN WCP
Warminster has gone green with a new Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Warminster Community Park (WCP)!  Thanks to a grant from the PA DEP Driving PA Forward Funding Program, and donations from Renk Electric and the Friends of Warminster Parks, this ChargePoint EV station is available to any resident with an electric vehicle. EV designated parking spaces are located by the Park & Rec office in WCP’s main parking lot and ChargePoint cards are available for distribution during office hours. The EV station is available during park hours for a fee. Come enjoy the park while charging your vehicle!

Charging fee: $0.15/kWh (Estimated around $1.95 for 2 hours of charging)
Station Parking fee: is free for the first 3 hours, after that $5.00/hour
Payment: Once you have an account with ChargePoint, Credit Cards, Apple and Samsung Pay are accepted.  Warminster Township / Parks and Recreation cannot accept any money onsite for charging.
Accounts: An account will be needed with ChargePoint (at no fee) to pay/use the charging station. You can pick up an account card in the Parks and Recreation office during regular business hours, or you can create a free account at www.ChargePoint.com.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
For our events to be successful, we are seeking volunteers who wish to assist. No worries about the time commitment – it can be as little as a half hour to multiple hours and on a flexible schedule. Let us know if you are interested by contacting the Parks & Rec office at 215-443-5428. Please be aware.

DISCOUNT TICKETS
Although Covid-19 has greatly reduced the options, 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.

SAFETY TOWN OPEN FOR BUSINESS:
There are still a few facades available in Warminster Parks & Recreation’s Safety Town at Warminster Community Park for a 5-year lease period. Business sponsorship is also being sought for recyclable benches, a shed for big-wheel/trike storage and a sunshade. If interested, contact the Parks & Recreation Department for more information.

Dog License and Bark Park Paw Passes
Annual 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 and are available online until we can meet again in person. Check on line for more information: www.warminstertownship.org/barkpark.


parkandrecMemorial 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 promote our memorial bench and tree programs. 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.

Weather Cancellations
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.

Accessibility
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.

Block Party Request

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

What is SAFETY TOWN?

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!

SAFETY TOWN SPONSORS

Abington-Jefferson Health Care Center – Warminster Campus ♦ Al Million & Son Auto Body ♦ Altomonte’s Italian Market & Deli ♦ Ann’s Choice Retirement Community ♦ Be Forever Green ♦ Bux-Mont Foot & Ankle Care Centers ♦ Carroll Engineering ♦ Centennial School District ♦ CP Commercial Printing ♦ Dan Finello – District Judge ♦ Doylestown Health Connections ♦ Eastburn & Gray ♦ First National Bank & Trust of Newtown ♦ Fulton Bank ♦ Gilmore & Associates, Inc ♦ Giuseppe’s Pizza and Restaurant ♦ Hartsville Fire Company ♦ Havis, Inc. ♦ Holiday Inn Express & Suites ♦ J P Mascaro & Sons ♦ Kiddie Academy of Warminster ♦ Montgomery Tile ♦ Nancy’s Farm ♦ O’Neil Buick GMC ♦ Penn Community Bank ♦ Remax Centre Realtors ♦ Renk Electric ♦ Roger’s Tree Service ♦ Sharp Cut Tree Care ♦ Township of Warminster ♦ Tri-County Pediatrics ♦ Tucci General Contractor, Inc ♦ Univest ♦ Victory Gardens ♦ Warminster Fire Dept. ♦ Warminster Free Library ♦ Warminster Municipal Authority ♦ Warminster Parks & Recreation ♦ Warminster Police Dept. ♦ Yum Yum Bake Shop ♦

SAFETY TOWN OPEN FOR BUSINESS
There are still a few facades available in Warminster Parks & Recreation’s Safety Town at Warminster Community Park for a 5-year lease period. Business sponsorship is also being sought for recyclable benches, a shed for big wheel/trike storage and a sunshade. If interested, contact the Parks & Recreation Department for more information.. Click here to download the sponsorship form.

Facilities & Rentals

Rental Information

Community Block Parties
If you are planning a Block Party, please complete the online form, 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
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 20-100+. All pavilion rentals require a $100 security deposit and a $65 rental fee for Warminster residents ($90/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).

Park Amenities

► Barness Park

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Location: 999 Log College (Log College & Gorson Dr.)

Acreage: 14 (Environment Protection Zone)

Facilities Available: Walking trail, natural area

► The Crossing (Formerly Christ Home Open Space)

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Location: Norristown Road

Acreage: 14 (Environment Protection Zone)

Facilities Available: Handicap Accessible, Walking Trail, Playground, Open Space, Nature Area

► Crooked Billet Green

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Location: 25 Van Horn Drive

Acreage: 8.2

Facilities Available: Basketball Courts, Parking, Playground, Softball Field

► Devonshire Court

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Location: Gorson Drive

Acreage: 6.8 (Environment Protection Zone)

Facilities Available: Preserved open space, Nature trail

► Ivy Woods

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Location: Kirk Road, off Jacksonville

Acreage: 12

Facilities Available: U N D E V E L O P E D

► Kemper Park

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Location: 905 Valley Road (Valley & Sinkler Roads)

Acreage: 30

Facilities Available: Walking Trails, Nature Areas, Picnic Areas, Parking, Picnic Pavilions, Playground, Softball Field

► Log College Park

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Location: 1070 Log College Drive

Acreage: 26.6

Facilities Available: Basketball Court, Tennis Court, Nature Areas, Playground, Grass Volleyball Courts

► Maple Street Park

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Location: 525 Maple Street

Acreage: 0.6

Facilities Available: Basketball Court, Playground

► Meadow Run Park

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Location: 700 Fairfield Drive

Acreage: 2.9

Facilities Available: Picnic Area, Playground

► Munro Park

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Location: 1270 Newtown Road (off Bristol Road)

Acreage: 36

Facilities Available: Baseball Field, Soccer Fields (lighted), Picnic Areas, Parking, Playground, Refreshment Stand (seasonal), Restrooms, Softball Fields, Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, Skate Spot

► Szymanek Park

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Location: 200 Street Road

Acreage: 10.8

Facilities Available: Basketball Courts, Football Field, Parking, Restroom, Softball Field, Playground

► Warminster Community Park

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Acreage: 243

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.)

► Werner Park

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Location: 100 Kirk Road (off Jacksonville)

Acreage: 6.8

Facilities Available: Football Field (lighted), Picnic Areas, Parking, Playground, Refreshment Stand (seasonal), Restrooms, Softball Field

In The Parks

All Parks

  • Parks are open from sunrise to sunset. After dusk, you must have a permit or risk being fined.
  • Parks are officially closed during winter weather conditions. Park parking lots, paths and trails are not maintained and may remain snow and ice covered for extended periods. Surfaces may be slippery. Guests may still access park for winter recreational activities; however, they do so at their own peril. Anti-slip winter footwear is recommended.
  • All Park buildings are winterized annually (restrooms closed, water/electric shut off) by December 1 to reduce the chance of frozen pipes. Porta-potties will be removed from Munro in December, but one will remain on site at WCP & Kemper. Weather permitting, buildings should reopen in April.
  • Sport fields in all parks are available by permit only. Persons who wish to use pavilions & fields should apply for permits. Warminster youth organizations and permit holders have priority.
  • No smoking, alcohol or illegal substances are permitted in the parks.
  • Park facilities are available for special events, parties, family picnics and business gatherings for a reasonable fee. Dates are fill quickly each year, so please reserve your pavilion or fields by completing a facility/pavilion request permit and submitting it to the Parks & Recreation Dept. Forms can be downloaded at the website: warminstertownship.org
  • To reduce vandalism, park facilities are locked unless park staff or sport organizations are utilizing a park. If you see vandalism, dumping or other hazards, DON’T WAIT!! Please call the Police Department immediately at (215) 672-1000.
  • Please do not feed the wildlife, especially the fox, deer and geese, in the parks – supplemental feeding encourages wildlife to lose their fear of people and become dependent on handouts that are not part of their natural diets.
  • If you see people with their dogs running loose, please call the Animal Control Officer at 215-672-1000. Do not try to intervene and put yourself in harm’s way. 
  • The Warminster Bark Park is available to all area residents as a membership program. To participate you must provide veterinarian proof of vaccinations, complete an application, and attend a one-time education session. Fees are $25/Warminster resident and $35/non-resident.
  • Solicitation by vendors, including private fitness or sport instruction, is not permitted in any park. Citations will be issued by the Police Department. Permits are available for a fee.
  • Motorized vehicles, including dirt bikes, snow mobiles and ATVs, are not permitted in Township parks.
  • Cyclists must yield to pedestrians on all park trails. Warn pedestrians by loudly declaring “cyclist on your left” prior to passing.
  • Perennials for Parks – if you are dividing your perennials in spring or fall, why not donate the “discards” to the parks to improve our park landscaping. Contact the office for more info: 215-443-5428.
  • Park encroachment – If your residence backs up to a park, please be aware of your property boundaries before installing sheds, pools and play equipment. 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 – dumping in the parks or public lands is illegal. Leaves, trees, limbs, trimmings and other yard waste must be removed and disposed of properly through the trash company.
  • Commemorative benches and trees honoring friends, family, pets and others are available for placement in any Township park. For more information, contact Parks & Rec @ 215-443-5428 or download forms from the website: warminstertownship.org.
  • Parks & Recreation would like to extend our thanks to the many sport groups, individuals and volunteers who assist with park maintenance. If you have questions about the various projects underway, please call us.

PARK GRANT UPDATE
The Parks & Recreation Department has secured almost $3 million in development and improvement grants in Warminster Community Park (WCP).  These funds come from several sources – Bucks County Municipal Open Space Fund; Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program; the PA Office of the Budget’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and donations from private individuals, developers and organizations.  Improvements include a soccer field, baseball fields; a playground, pavilion with restrooms, expanded parking, new trails, storm water management, opening a permanent entrance at Bristol Road, and an extension of the existing driveway from Veterans Way into the park.  Bids were awarded to Meco Constructors, Inc., and work has begun at WCP.

Please bear with us as we enter the construction phase of park development grants at Warminster Community Park in winter 2020. Certain sections of the park, including the runway, trails and fields, safety town, and the basketball courts will  be blocked off for safety reasons. Please be sure to follow signage directions for your own safety and the safety of those using the park.  2021 Special events have been scheduled but these activity venues may need to adjust locations, or even be cancelled, as construction will take priority and will be disruptive.  Meco will do their best to open sections of the park as they are completed, but the entire project will not be finished until June 2021.  We are optimistic that when they are completed, our new facilities will be worth the wait!

EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB) & SPOTTED LANTERN FLY UPDATE
Most of the dead ash trees that posed a threat to property have been removed in the park system. There are still dead ash in certain areas of the parks, but we do not plan to clear cut these areas and will allow them to degrade naturally. The Spotted Lantern Fly has arrived in our area and the Township is working with the PA Department of Agriculture (PAD) as one of their test sites. In several parks, Ailanthis trees will be used as bait traps and so that pesticides can be applied that will interrupt the insect lifecycle. Please continue to check your car, equipment, trailers before leaving the area so this invasive specie does not spread further. Egg casings on trees can be scraped off before spring hatching. PAD scientists are working on ways to control this moth before more trees, vineyards and orchards are affected. For more information on the EAB or Spotted Lantern Fly, check the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/insectsdisease/

SZYMANEK PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
The Community Garden at Szymanek Park was revived and there may be some raised beds available for gardeners looking for space in the spring. These beds are available on a first come, first served basis. If interested, please contact Donna Elms, member Warminster Environmental Advisory Council via email: elmsdonna@yahoo.com

“FRESH CONNECT” AT WCP
Parks & Recreation will continue to host Fresh Connect Bucks County – a free mobile Farmer’s Market for Bucks County residents. Held in cooperation with United Way, BC Opportunity Council and Philabundance, residents must register and meet certain household income qualifications.  Held each Tuesday, year-round (weather permitting), from 11-1 PM at Warminster Community Park. Due to Covid-19, the number of people benefitting from this service has increased exponentially.  This no-contact service creates backups on the driveway into the park.  We recommend, if you are coming for a park visit, to come before 9 AM or after 1PM.  For more information or to volunteer, call 215-345-8175 or BCOC.org

FACILITY RENTALS and RESERVATIONS
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, 501-c-3 non-profit organization committed to raising awareness and funds for the improvement, preservation and continued development of the Warminster Township Park system. Our 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. With so many ambitious projects, the Friends of Warminster Park is always seeking new members to participate. They are looking for volunteers that might have publicity and marketing, construction, IT, management, or organizational skills, or just wish to participate in an organization that benefits the community. To get involved visit the website @ www.friendsofwarminsterparks.org

Hometown Hero Banners
Installation of the Friends Hometown Hero Banners has begun. Banners are available to active service members and all veterans who have lived in Warminster or have family living here. For more information on the banners, go to the Friends website or stop by the Park & Rec office to pick up a form.  Click here for a form – www.friendsofwarminsterparks.org or call Parks & Recreation: 215-443-5428.

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 FOB) 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 60-minute workshops are provided FREE 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, and a Paw Pass electronic gate fob.   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, call the office or check out the website @ www.warminstertownship.org/barkpark.

Reminders for our Bark Park Members:

  • CLEAN UP, NO EXCUSES! – Keep the dog park clean and more importantly our dogs healthy. A dog owner should always have bags with them, even if provided at a dog park.
  • Socialization & Basic Commands – Dogs should be fully socialized BEFORE going to the dog park. Dogs should respond to basic commands since a dog must be under the handler’s control at all times when in the dog park.
  • Incident Reports – All incidents must be reported to the police or animal control within 24 hours: 267-317-1380.
  • Only Members Allowed! – To ensure the safety of all dogs, members should not permit others into the Bark Park. You are responsible for any injury or damages done by a non-member and park privileges will be rescinded.
  • Bring water. During winter months and if maintenance is required, the dog fountains are turned off.  Please bring water for your pet.

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.

Dog Licenses Required
According to Pennsylvania State Law, all dogs three (3) months of age or older must have a current dog license and a current rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian***. Annual dog licenses (Jan.-Dec.)may be purchased at the WREC, Mon thru Fri from 9 AM-4 PM, at Bucks County Treasurer’s office in Doylestown-(215) 348-6244, or online at www.padoglicense.com. You must provide proof of spaying to receive the discount.

Noise Ordinance
Pet owners should be aware that Warminster Township has an ordinance in place regarding un-provoked incessant noise made by animals***. For more info regarding this and other Pennsylvania State Dog Laws, contact Craig Claycomb, Animal Control Officer (267) 317-1380. ***Violators are subject to a $100-$500 fine for non-compliance***

TREE UPDATE

  • Tree Tenders – Free Classes
    As part of the DCNR TreeVitalize program, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), in partnership with Penn State Cooperative Extension, will offer nine hours of FREE hands-on tree care training for residents of the five-county Philadelphia region. For info, visit the website: www.treevitalize.net.
  • Tree Donations
    More than 90 families have already planted the living memorial gift of a tree or shrub in the park system. These trees commemorate a special occasion, family celebration, or honor the memory of a loved one. If you enjoy a particular park and wish to place a lasting gift to a family member, friend or pet, either living or deceased, consider donating a tree to the community. If you wish to make a tree donation, simply download the form from the township website or call the office and speak with Karen. Several options are available. Memorial trees are installed in early March or after October 15th.

VANDALISM – It Hurts Everyone
Even though we have many people using our parks, we saw an uptick 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.

PARK ENCROACHMENT
In numerous parks throughout the system, there are instances of neighbors who have placed woodpiles, sheds, gardens, 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!

WARMINSTER SPORT/CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS
The different Warminster Sport and Civic 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.

News and Notes

THANK YOU
The Park & Recreation Department would like to thank all of the businesses and organizations that support our events and parks. Major event sponsors included Citadel, Cowhey Family ShopRite of Warminster, Gilmore & Associates, Southampton-Warminster Area Lions Club, Hatboro Federal Savings, Havis, Inc., JP Mascaro & Sons, Nancy’s Farm, MRC, Planet Fitness and Renk Electric to name a few.

A huge thanks to Grief, which donated 85, 55-gallon drums to the parks department for park trash cans. Without this tremendous support, we would not be able to provide events and activities to our residents free or at minimal cost. Sponsorship opportunities are available for events and park items, large and small. Call the Parks & Rec office if you wish more information about any of the services we provide to the community

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FRIENDS CONTINUE HOMETOWN HERO BANNER PROGRAM
Friends of Warminster Parks continue to accept applications for Hometown Hero Banners. Banners are available to active military service members and all veterans who have lived in Warminster or have family living here. For more information on the banners, go to the Friends website or stop by the Park & Rec office to pick up a form: www.friendsofwarminsterparks.org

FRIENDS SEEKING MORE FRIENDS
Friends of Warminster Parks is a volunteer, 501-c-3 nonprofit organization committed to raising awareness and funds for the improvement, preservation and continued development of the Warminster Township Park system. The Friends of Warminster Parks is always seeking new members to participate that might have publicity and marketing, construction, IT, management, or organizational skills, or just wish to participate in an organization that benefits the community. To get involved, send your contact information to info@friendsofwarminsterparks.org

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.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
• 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.

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 orientation workshop are required to get a Paw Pass.  Paw Passes (electronic key fobs) 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, there are multiple projects in the parks and we encourage scouts to bring ideas before us.  Any troop or Eagle Scout interested in a special project or community service should contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (215)443-5428 as soon as possible.

PERENNIALS FOR PARKS
If you are dividing your perennials in spring or fall, consider donating 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, or October 1-November 30 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 donations to the park system. Whether monetary or volunteer time, they have been working hard to improve WCP.  The Philadelphia Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) annually holds 10-12 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.