As summer winds down you might be thinking of what you can do to have some outdoor fun with your family before the start of the new school year. If you have already had your family vacation and are trying to come up with some low or no cost ideas…There are so many things to do right here in Bucks County and even in your own back yard! Here are some suggestions:
Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve: Take a walk through the 26+ acres of trails through the woods, meadows and along the Neshaminy Creek…be one with nature as you observe birds and the surrounding trees and shrubs. You can also explore Miriam’s Meadow just across the street on Landis Mill Road and observe the wildflowers and learn a little about nature along the way. (Main entrance to the preserve is on Mathews Avenue, accessed by Sand Road)
Covered Bridge Park: Why not pack a picnic lunch and head over to Covered Bridge Park for some family fun? You can talk a walk or bike ride along the bike/hike path, go fishing or check out the community garden and bee hives in Orchard Park.
Beyond the Borough…you could spend the day at Peace Valley Park and do some hiking, biking, sailing or fishing, explore the countryside and find the 12 remaining 19th century covered bridges of Bucks County, take a drive along the Delaware River and enjoy the beautiful views or explore Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve or Washington Crossing State Park for a bit of local history.
Whatever you decide to do we hope you enjoy time spent with family outdoors while the warm weather is still with us. Before you know it, it will be back to school!
The New Britain Bird Town Committee, with support from Gilmore and Associates and Federal Realty, will be holding a Pop Up Park event the weekend of September 15 through 17 at the Town Center Shopping Center.
For more information on this event, please click here.
The Borough of New Britain will be accepting applications for a part time administrative assistant from July 12 to July 28. Interviews for the position will be scheduled for the following week, with final approval by Council at its August 8th meeting.
Please review the position description below, and if interested, please submit a resume either via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, mail/in-person at 45 Keeley Ave, New Britain, PA 18901, or via fax to 215-348-5953. No applications submitted after 4pm on July 28th will be considered.
Click here for Administrative Assistant Job Description
A grant funded project to construct bike trail along S. Tamenend Ave will begin this summer.
The first section will be from Butler Ave to the New Britain SEPTA Train Station and will include pedestrian safety improvements at the intersection of Tamenend and Butler.
Work on this section will begin this summer, with Polaris Construction being awarded the project. The project contract requires completion of the trail section by October.
The Borough is working in partnership with Doylestown Township to continue the trail to the existing path at the Beulah Cemetary at the corner of Almshouse and Upper State Road, which will likely be completed by Summer 2018.
At its June 2017 meeting, Borough Council approved a land development plan submitted by County Builders for the former Knoell property (at the intersection of Butler Ave and Shady Retreat Road).
The project will entail 117 apartments (a mixture of one and two bedroom) and commercial space (tenants to be determined). The developer will be bringing public water to the area, a traffic signal to the intersection, and streetscape improvements as part of the project.
This plan was approved after various versions were reviewed at more than a dozen public meetings, including the Steering Committee, Planning Commission and Borough Council. Please click the link below to view the Council Meeting where final approval was discussed:
June 2017 Meeting Recording
According to the developer at the public meeting, construction will either begin Summer 2017 or Spring 2018, and should take 18-24 months to complete.
Below are renderings provided by the developer for the project.
At its May Council Meeting, New Britain Borough Council approved borrowing up to $1 million for the purpose of roadway improvements based on a plan developed by the Borough’s Financial Advisory Committee. The specific repairs to be implemented are to be determined, but will improve local roadways throughout the Borough. It will be paid using existing revenues dedicated to roadway maintenance and will save costs in the long term.
The borough is currently collecting research (such as core samples) and working on a roadway study to determine the specific repairs. Work is expected to begin in late summer 2017 and be completed in the summer of 2018. State roads, such as Butler Ave and Tamenend Ave, will not be included.
This borrowing will allow the Borough to do all the work at once, and pay off the loan using these funds before new major repairs are necessary. In the interim, the borough will do regular maintenance work on the roadways to keep the roads in top shape and save on future repair costs.
The borrowing is a ten year loan from the First National Bank of Newtown, with a fixed interest rate of 2.1% for the first seven years, with a variable rate based on 75% of the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate (capped at 4.75%). Borough Council selected this vendor after a competitive bidding process facilitated by a consultant (Public Financial Management) to ensure the best possible interest rate and loan terms.
As more information is known, the Borough will share it on its website, social media, and the ReadyBucks notification system (click here to sign up).
4th of July Parade
The 2017 parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4, beginning at 9:30 a.m. It will start at the Town Center on Butler Avenue and end at North Branch Park, 207 Park Avenue.
The Tri-Municipal July 4th Parade is hosted by New Britain Township, New Britain Borough and Chalfont Borough.
Be part of the fun!
Floats from neighborhoods, organizations and businesses are welcome. Floats will be judged for Most Patriotic, Most Original and Most Humorous. Also needed are marching bands, Scout Troops, dancers, etc. Prizes are awarded and complimentary refreshments are provided to participants.
The parade will also feature antique cars and fire trucks. You’re encouraged to decorate your bikes and baby strollers in a patriotic theme.
Local businesses are encouraged to get involved with this family-oriented community event. Please consider becoming a sponsor. Please call the New Britain Township office for more information (215-822-1391).
The Borough website earned first place and the Borough newsletter third place in the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Communication Contest.
These are repeat awards for both, with the website earning first place in 2016, and the newsletter second place in 2015.
Our thanks to the staff and volunteers who create and maintain the website and newsletter. Their work helps keep the cost of both low for the taxpayers, while providing high quality information for residents.
If you have a suggestion to further improve either, please let Borough staff know.
Past copies of the Borough Newsletter can be found at:
The Covered Bridge Park Summer Camp program will begin accepting registrations either via paper form or online for residents March 6th and for nonresidents on March 20th.
Information about the camp and online registration can be found at:
Covered Bridge Summer Camp
Demolition has begun at the former Knoell property. Members of Council and the Borough Manager were on hand to witness the first action in implementation of the recently approved Main St Plan (which can be found at the link below). From left to right: Council President Peter LaMontage, Jeff Gilmore, Council President Robyne Kelemen, Mayor David Holewinski, Mary Pat Holewinski, Lori Kesilman, Borough Manager Sam Bryant
Draft Main Street Study