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. 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.


ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT!
Parks & Recreation is still seeking the donation of a jon boat, row boat, dingy, or similar flat bottom boat in good condition – 7-10 feet long (with or without trailer), so that we may work safely in our park ponds. This donation is tax deductible.


EV CHARGING STATION NOW AVAILABLE IN WCP
Warminster is going 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
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. 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 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.

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.
•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.
•Outdoor Safety and Health: www.safehome.org

Programs and Special Events

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
In order 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 youth programs may require a background check.


C A N C E L E D

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING EVENTS with PAR Recycle Works
Saturday, July 19, 2020 • 10 AM-1 PM @ Warminster Community Park – use the 350 E. Bristol Road entrance at Hatboro & Bristol Roads.
The Township has teamed up with PAR Recycle Works to provide electronics (e-waste) recycling to area residents. Bring your outdated or obsolete appliance or electronic devices such as computers, printers and cell phones. For more information about PAR Recycle Works and to determine what items will be accepted, go to their website: www.par-recycleworks.org. Drop off is free, but fees are charged for some items. The following items include a cost to ensure they are properly recycled: Older CRT Monitors and TVs – $25-$75/each (size varies); Flat screen TVs-$10/ each; Computer Monitors (flat) are free; Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers, & Air Purifiers-$15; Microwaves-$5. Questions about fees should be sent to: info@par-recycleworks.org. This event is very popular – be prepared to wait 30-45 minutes for drop

ANNUAL COMMUNITY PARK PICK UP
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful by coordinating or volunteering for a community cleanup, any day, April 1-May 31, 2020. Volunteers are invited to clean up park & public areas in the community. Parks & Recreation will supply volunteer certificates, safety vests, gloves & trash bags (courtesy of PennDOT) to all who register. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department for more info: (215) 443-5428.

 

P O S T P O N E D

At this time, the Rubber Ducky Regatta has been postpone until a future date when we can safely hold the event without risking the health of our residents. 

25TH ANNUAL RUBBER DUCKY REGATTA!! 
Sunday, May 17, 2020 Time: 1:00 PM @ Kemper Park
Parks & Rec and QUAINT OAK BANK present this hilarious family event for its 25th Anniversary! Rubber Duckies float ¼ mile down the Neshaminy Creek to compete in a race to the finish line. First 4 ducks to cross the finish win a cash prize. Official ducky number tickets may be purchased online or at the WREC@WCP, and Library.

TICKETS – $5.00/ Ducky or 5 Duckies for $20.00.

You need not be present to WIN! PRIZES: 1st – $200 / 2nd -$150 / 3rd – $100/ 4th – $50
Join Park & Rec for the “JUST DUCKY PICNIC” prior to the Rubber Ducky Regatta. Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch and we’ll supply dessert with help from Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, A-1 Pest Control, and Rita’s Water Ice.

THE INCREDIBLE EDIBLE VEGGIE CONTEST
July 15-September 21, 2020
Area residents of Bucks and Montgomery County are invited to participate in the WREC’s Incredible Edible Veggie Contest (formerly Heaviest Tomato Contest). If you have a ripe tomato, cucumber, zucchini, eggplant or squash and would like to enter it in our contest, stop by the WREC, Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM to weigh in your champ. A prize will be awarded to the winner in each category

FIREFIGHTER CADET CAMP
Dates: Jul. 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2020 • Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Location: Hartsville Fire Station, 1195 York Road, Warminster 
Ages: Persons 14 years of age or older
This hands-on program is a joint effort by all the fire stations in Warminster, Warwick and Warrington Townships to introduce young people to the Fire Service. Participants will learn many things including: hose rolls, carries and packing, fire hydrant operations, fire extinguisher operations, deluge gun operations, self-contained breathing apparatus, pump connections, and many other basic individual and team skills. Contact 215-672-9242 or President93@hartsvillefc.org for more information or stop by one of the fire stations on Tuesday evenings.

FUN WITH A FIREFIGHTER
Wed, Aug. 19 from 1:00-3:00 PM @ Hallowell Pavilion in WCP
Visit with some of our local volunteer firefighters, see the hoses, truck and gear up close. Ice pops will be provided to all

POPSICLES WITH THE POLICE
Wed, Jul. 15 from 1:00-3:00 PM @ Hallowell pavilion in WCP
Come out to Hallowell Pavilion for a meet and greet with some of our policemen and their canine companions. An ice pop will be provided to all who attend.

OH MY! WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY?
Mon, Apr. 6 and/or Thu, Jun. 18 @ 7:00 PM
Fees: FREE! But you must pre-register as class size is limited.
Location: Wm. Tennent High School Planetarium
There are lots of celestial activity in the night sky this summer. Come learn more about upcoming celestial and astronomical events including pink moons, meteor showers and solar eclipses at the Wm. Tennent Planetarium. Families welcome!

INTRODUCTION TO RADIO STATION OPERATIONS
Call for dates and fees
Location: Radio Station WRDV, 126 S. York Road, Hatboro, PA 19040
We’ve partnered with Radio Station WRDV in Hatboro to learn about the inner workings of a radio station and how to host, engineer and produce a radio program. Classes include learning FCC rules and regulations, use of broadcasting equipment, writing news, conducting an interview, delivering news and weather reports, community bulletin boards and public service announcements. Hands-on board operation has been added. Many different opportunities to volunteer at this non-profit station are available. Class size is limited to 6 – Register early!

LEARN TO SKATE – SNOWPLOW SAM
Sat, Feb. 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14, 21 & 28 (6 weeks)
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Location: Revolution Ice Gardens, 1621 Mearns Rd, Warminster
Fees: $94.00/person (reg. $99)
Make 2020 the year your child learns to skate! Snowplow Sam is a program designed for kids under six to build confidence while learning to skate, incorporating fun and games making class time an enjoyable experience for all. You must register for Learn to Skate through U.S. Figure Skating first, registration covers skaters from July 1 – June 30 each year Register here: https://www.learntoskateusa.com/registration/

EXPLORING ARCHERY
Shooting Star Archery Academy will introduce you to the sport of archery through 45-min lessons for youth, teens and those with special needs. All equipment, including bows, arrows (safe tip), quivers, targets, safety netting and cones will be provided for this 6-week program which is held at Warminster Community Park. Students practice precision and proper form, while promoting the joy and fulfillment that archery can bring! Each week is a new and exciting lesson plan. Students can develop at their own pace in a safe and fun environment!

Fee/ person is $135. Class size is limited, register early.

Exploring Archery – Special Needs (ages 7-15) @ 4:00 PM
Session 1: Tue, Apr. 14-May 19
Session 2: Tues, Ju. 23-Jul. 27
Please contact the office to provide information about your child so that we may address their specific needs.

Exploring Archery – Youth (ages 7-12) @ 5:00 PM
Session 1: Tue, Apr. 14-May 19
Session 2: Tues, Jun. 23-Jul 27

Exploring Archery – Teens (ages 13-17) @ 6:00 PM
Session 1: Tue, Apr. 14-May 19
Session 2: Tues, Jun. 23-Jul. 27

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.

Fields marked with an * are required

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 download the “party” form by clicking herecomplete 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
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 by April 1.
  • 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 filling quickly for 2020, so please reserve your pavilion or fields by completing a facility request permit and submitting it to the Parks & Recreation Dept. Forms can be downloaded at the website: www.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 267-317-1380 or Police 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 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: www.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. 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 (RACP) and donations from developers and community organizations. Improvements will include a soccer field, 2 baseball fields, a spray park, a pavilion with restrooms, expanded parking, new trails, storm water, park perimeter fencing and a permanent entry drive from Bristol Road. Preliminary cost projections made it necessary to move projects between the various funding sources which resulted in a delay. The bids will be publicly advertised as soon as final reviews are completed and work will begin once the bids are awarded in spring 2020.

PARK CONSTRUCTION COMING SOON
Please bear with us as we enter into the construction phase of park development grants at Warminster Community Park in 2020. Certain sections of the park, including the runway, trails and fields, may 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. 2020 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.

2020 PARK WORK TO TAKE PLACE AT MUNRO PARK
• A new playground for Munro Park will be installed this spring. There will be a period between removal of the old apparatus and installation of the new, but we’ll do our best to ensure that the time gap is minimal.
• We also anticipate completion of the crack sealing in the Skate Spot. The work will require the skate park to be closed for several days while the surface cures. A schedule will be posted.
• Work on the installation of the LED lighting on Field B soccer field will be completed by spring as well.

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 in 2018 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 12-1 PM at Warminster Community Park. 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 60-90-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 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 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.

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 80 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
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.

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 several businesses that supported our events and parks in 2019. Major event sponsors included Archbishop Wood High School, BCWSA, Citadel, Cowhey Family ShopRite of Warminster, First Bank, Gilmore & Associates, Hatboro Federal Savings, Havis, Inc., JP Mascaro & Sons, NWWA, 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 LAUNCH HOMETOWN HERO BANNER PROGRAM
Although banners have been removed for the winter, we are taking applications for spring installation of more Hometown Hero Banners. 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: 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 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.

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.