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Falls to Add Lights, Cameras to Quaker Penn Park

Quaker Penn Park isn’t just the place to go to launch a boat. Falls officials are working to add peace of mind for residents who picnic there, partake in parties under the pavilions, have fun on the playground and participate in sports.

To make Quaker Penn Park guests feel safer – and to prevent inappropriate park behavior – the Falls Township Supervisors, during Tuesday night’s meeting, voted to award a bid for the installation of lights and five or six cameras for placement at the park’s entrance, as well as locations throughout the park. RF Design and Installation of Bensalem was the second-lowest of four bidders at $62,858. The lowest bidder had too many errors in the submission, according to Falls Township attorney, Lauren Gallagher and that bid was rejected.

Public Works Director Jason Lawson said the improvements coincide with the upgrades carried out at Quaker Penn last year, including riverfront cleanup, which involved the removal of dead trees to provide for a better view. In addition, a new playground and swings were installed, as well as picnic tables placed closer to the river and three compost toilet facilities.

“We’re hoping the public will use it more,” Lawson said of the park, which had been primarily used for its boat ramp. “Hopefully Quaker Penn will become the next community park.”

Public Works employees recently installed the underground electrical conduit and light pole bases.

A bonus is that the bulk of the park improvements are covered by a grant. Seventy-five percent of the total $237,180 project costs are funded by a Bucks County open space grant. Falls Township would pay 25 percent of the projected cost, or $59,295.

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.

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