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Posted on: June 10, 2020

Newtown Township Park System Gradually Reopening

Lawn at Drexel Lodge Park

Green Phase Update:

As Delaware County entered the "green phase" of Pennsylvania’s reopening plan, Newtown Township was able to reopen more aspects of the park system.  Beginning on Friday, June 26, 2020, park playground equipment and restrooms were again made available for use.  Picnic tables and benches will be reinstalled and/or uncovered. Playing fields and basketball courts will also be reopened shortly. 

It is important that all appropriate safety protocols be followed as the parks reopen. Newtown Township has utilized the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/) and locally the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society – both of whom have significant recommendations for what in a park should be open and available at this time.

Signage has been placed at all parks regarding usage of the amenities there.  Be sure to read and understand any posted information.  Also, as the parks themselves continue to more fully reopen, Newtown Township reminds our residents and their visitors that they must follow all State, County and Local directives regarding SOCIAL DISTANCING, the wearing of FACE MASKS, HAND WASHING / using HAND SANITIZER and all instructions given in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 at the parks, in all public spaces and at your home. Keep your neighbors and yourself safe by following these practices.   The "green phase" of Pennsylvania’s reopening plan is a step towards a "return to normal" but it is not there yet.  Everyone must continue to do their part by following the above items.


Previous Post from 6/10/20:

During the COVID-19 Stay at Home Order, and while Delaware County was in the “red phase”, Newtown Township was able to keep its trail system and the Meadow Preserve open for use by Township residents, although the park system needed to be closed.  Now that Delaware County is in the yellow phase and the Stay at Home Order was lifted, the Board of Supervisors authorized the gradual reopening of the park system as long as appropriate guidelines are followed.

At this time, Drexel Lodge Park and Brookside Park have been reopened.   Greer Park and Newby Park will be reopened shortly.  Gable Park is spread out over the Municipal Building complex, so while the playground equipment, restrooms and ball fields were closed, the trail and the rest of the park property remained open.

It is important that all appropriate safety protocols be followed as the parks reopen. Newtown Township has utilized the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/) and locally the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society – both of whom have significant recommendations for what in a park should be open and available at this time.  Using this information, the parks themselves are being reopened.  All playground equipment, restroom facilities, basketball courts and playing fields remain closed for now.  No organized or unorganized games or practices are permitted yet.  As the appropriate direction is received regarding reopening those facilities, Newtown Township will do so carefully and thoughtfully.  The health and safety of our residents and their visitors is our primary consideration with such reopening decisions. 

As the parks themselves reopen, Newtown Township reminds our residents and their visitors that they must follow all State, County and Local directives regarding SOCIAL DISTANCING, the wearing of FACE MASKS, and all instructions given in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 at the parks, in all public spaces and at your home. Keep your neighbors and yourself safe by following these practices.  Also, all normal rules of the Parks remain in effect and must be followed.  Newtown Township General Code Chapter 112 – Parks and Recreation Areas identifies these parameters and can be found here. 

Remember as well that while residents who own dogs are permitted to bring a dog to the park if they wish, it is the law that dogs must always be on a leash and must be curbed.  Dogs are never to disturb the peace, bother anyone else using the park or living near it and must never endanger anyone.  This information about dogs can be found in Newtown Township General Code Chapter 61 – Animals.  

Newtown Township looks forward to when our park system can be reopened in its entirety.  Public Works staff are visiting the parks each day cleaning and disinfecting, as they have done for the trail system for the past several months.  For now, it is nice to at least be able to open these spaces to the public again!  

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