Falls to Transform Quaker Penn from Boat Ramp to Community Park
Quaker Penn Park isn’t just the place to go to launch a boat. Falls officials are working to bring residents to the park for picnics, parties under the pavilions, playground fun and sports.
To make Quaker Penn Park guests feel safer – and to prevent inappropriate park behavior – the Falls Township Supervisors authorized advertisement for installation of electric and cameras for placement at the park’s entrance, as well as locations throughout the park.
“We have a lot of people who do use the park and they don’t feel very secure,” Public Works Director Jason Lawson said. “Hopefully they’ll feel more secure and use it more.”
Officials plan to add cameras at the park entrance to see license plates of cars coming and going. Other spots envisioned for cameras include by the boat ramp, and near the restroom facilities and playground.
Public Works employees recently installed six street lights and six parking lot lights for added safety. Previously, the park had no lighting, according to Lawson.
The addition of electricity and cameras comes on the heels of a recent addition of a swing set, playground, picnic tables, riverfront cleanup and three compost toilet facilities.
Seventy-five percent of the project costs are being covered by a Bucks County open space grant.
Falls officials have said that the compost toilets would save the township $1,000 per year as compared to the cost of portable toilets. Falls would also save on maintenance costs and could cut back on the expense of running water. The facility would be relatively maintenance-free for 20 years other than adding fresh wood chips every few years.