Students Imagine Parks Featuring Petting Zoos, Waterfalls, and even a Hoagie Bar!

Third-grade students from Sol Feinstone Elementary stood at easels with their hand-drawn pictures and entertaining presentations to describe their ideal public park at the May 17, 2016 Board of Supervisors meeting. Here's a video link to their community presentation.

Some of the third-grade park planners from Sol Feinstone Elementary School. From left: Nathan Speert, John Daniel, Eric Xia, Annabella Murphy, Sage Ondik, and Eliza Schaal. The winners received Certificates of Appreciation from the Board of Supervisors. Their Humanities teacher is Jen McFillin.
  • First Place. Annabella Murphy's park would feature 3 age-graded rock walls for climbing, skateboarding for teens, a treehouse with a mini-piano and a toy factory, and a tranquility garden with water fountains-coins tossed in would be collected to "help the needy."
  • Second Place. Sage Ondik described her park's hoagie bar with its standing tables of varied heights. Her park also offers a petting zoo "so kids can learn how to treat animals." Planned Mommy and Me-style class subjects would include many life lessons, "to help you learn what to do later in life."
  • Third Place. Eric Xia proposed automatic cameras taking snapshots of park visitors enjoying a 5-mile educational nature trail. His drawings included a waterfall leading to a lake with a boat, and open fields to fly a kite, play tag, or throw a ball.
New Playground at Lookout Park  

Lookout Park June 2016 UMT
Enjoy the picnic area, watch a ballgame and explore the new playground. All are activities you can enjoy at Lookout Park, now that new equipment is in place! 

Designed for ages 2-5, kids can climb up a ladder or through a tunnel to reach the top, and then pick one of three slides to glide down! Stop by the park at 1565 River Road and check it out.
Did you know...The Park and Recreation Capital Fund is used for capital park improvements like the play set, basketball and tennis courts, and benches? It is funded through developer fees, not taxpayer dollars. Read more about Parks & Recreation in Upper Makefield. 
Deer Management 

Upper Makefield's deer management agreement with the  Big Oak Whitetail Management Association (BOWMA) has been renewed for the 2016/2017 season. The agreement allows BOWMA hunters access to public properties. Private property owners can grant permission too.  

Deer counts are high throughout Upper Makefield Township, posing safety and environmental concerns to residents.To safely reduce the deer population, BOWMA leaders train, interview, and test each hunter. Criminal background checks also are performed. 
Since its inception in 2009, BOWMA has harvested more than 650 deer from Upper and Lower Makefield Townships at minimal cost to taxpayers. From these harvests, over 17,000 meals have been donated to local food pantries via Pennsylvania's Hunters Sharing the Harvest program. 

Please consider granting BOWMA hunters access to your property for the 2016-17 season. For details, you may contact BOWMA directly. 

Earth Day Celebration 
Pictured are Environmental Advisory Council members Ed Ford and Bud Baldwin (wearing hat).
Upper Makefield joined other local municipalities at Core Creek Park in April to celebrate Earth Day 2016. Upper Makefield Environmental Advisory Council members and Township staff provided information and tips to help the environment and distributed wildflower seed packs to visitors.  

The 7-member Environmental Advisory Council is made up of appointed volunteers. They meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Tick Tips 
Pennsylvania leads the country in most confirmed cases of tick-borne Lyme Disease, and Bucks County has the second highest number of cases in the state. For concise tips on preventing tick bites, tick removal, and tick management in your own yard, view the Interactive Tick Encounter Resource Center 

Help for Drug and Alcohol Problems

If you or a family member needs help in a struggle against substance abuse, help is available. This Bucks County page provides a good summary of a variety of services, including assessment, funding, and support programs. The Upper Makefield Police Department is available to assist.  

Clear your Medicine Cabinet 
You can help reduce access to drugs by dropping off unused and expired prescription drugs weekdays during business hours in our Police Department lobby at 1076 Eagle Road. 

'All American Girl' Public Service Announcement

"Pick up heroin and you will throw away everything you love."
All American Girl PSA.
Youth Award Contest-Deadline July 1
Know a youth resident who has been involved with planning and implementing a project to benefit the community? They may be eligible to enter a contest for the 2016 Dr. Richard Derstine Award. The contest offers a $100 cash prize and an entry into a state contest with a $500 award. Read more on the Township website

Sign up Now for July 4 Rev Run

The annual July 4 Revolutionary Run at Washington Crossing is so popular, you'll want to sign up now for a place at the starting line. Choose your race: 1-mile Fun Race, 5K Road Race and 10K Road Race.