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State Park Beaches to Open for Swimming; Playgrounds Remain Closed



State park beaches will be open to swimming beginning June 6, officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced earlier today. 

State park pools will remain closed to the public until June 12, with those in yellow and green counties reopening on June 13.

Beaches and pools will be limited to half of their usual capacity with added mitigation protocols in place; face masks must be worn, social distancing practices continuing and parking restrictions will be in place

“Water-based activity is an integral part of the state park experience in Pennsylvania and, with appropriate protocols in place to ensure safety and as staffing permits, this department continues to reopen its state parks and forests so that Pennsylvanians can realize all the benefits of being outdoors,” Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn said Thursday in a release announcing the plan. 

All state parks and forests now have at least one restroom open to the public.  Trails, lakes, rivers, streams, forests, roads, and parking areas will also be open statewide for use.

Facilities such as cabins, cottages, and lodges, will be opening statewide on June 12, the release reads. 

All picnic pavilion reservations, playgrounds, nature play areas, amphitheaters, and group camping facilities will remain closed until further notice, officials said. 

For  details about marinas and boat concessions at individual parks, please call the state park directly.

Events in counties declared red are canceled through June 15.  Counties designated yellow, events with more than 25 people will be canceled.

Pennsylvania has 121 state parks and 20 forest districts. You can view a full list here.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Borough

Street Sweeper Operations Suspended for Sections of Bristol Borough



Bristol Borough officials announced late Wednesday that due to paving operations in the west ward, street sweeping would cease for one week and restart operations the week of July 24 on those streets.

“Due to paving, the street sweeper will not be sweeping these streets on Thursday and Friday, July 18th and 19th of this week:  Mifflin St., Linden St., Locust St., Maple St. and Green St.  The regular schedule will resume next week,” said a press release from the Bristol Borough Police Department.


Paving work being performed in Bristol Borough Wednesday
Credit: Jeff Bohen, Lower Bucks Source

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Human Interest - Bristol Borough

Bristol Approves Transfer of Deed for Bristol Station Property, Sound Study Approved for Trenton Ave Sound Wall Project



Bristol Borough accepted a deed transfer from the owners of the property where the Bristol Regional Rail station sits on Prospect Street and approved an acoustics study for the Trenton Avenue Sound Project at last weeks meeting.

Currently Nona’s Loving Care Learning Center, founded by former school board vice president Kelly Cochran who passed away a little over seven years ago, is located where the old ticket office was located on the property.

Bristol officials said “Nona’s” has under two years left on their lease.

There are only two members left that own this property, said Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe II, and they’re turning the property over to us, which is nice. So, we’re going to have that building and control what goes there.

There are restrictions on what can be done with the property, DiGuiseppe said, we already had a meeting with SEPTA. They have some work that’s ongoing taking place  and we’re looking to make +the property look really nice once we take it over in 2025.

According to multiple sources in 2013 and 2014, the Prospect St. site was once considered to be a prime location to move the then five existing Bristol Borough volunteer fire companies. The plan never came to fruition. Now with a consolidated fire company and a grant application to erect a new centralized firehouse, maybe, just maybe, that old plan has been brought back to life. Additionally SEPTA is planning for a full overhaul of the train station and  a mobility beautification project was also discussed in April by officials.

In other related council items, members approved to award Harrison Acoustics $11,000 for the sound barrier project to perform a sound study.  In April, the borough was awarded a $1.7 million grant that was obtained through Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, officials said.  Mayor Ralph DiGuiseppe III said, prior to the vote accepting the bid,  hopefully more money will come in around September, so the work could be done next spring. 

Bristol also approved a contract with G&B Construction who bid on the borough’s curb ramp project totaling just under $200,000.00.


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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Borough

Fishing with a Cop Reels in September Date



The Bristol Borough Police Benevolent Association (BBPBA) announced details for this years “Fishing with a Cop” scheduled for next month at the Delaware Canal Lagoon on Jefferson Avenue.

PBA President, and “acting’ Sergeant Chuck Palmer went before Council last week to receive their support for the event, which he received enthusiastically.

September 7  from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Palmer said, is the date of the event and a rain date (Sept 8) has been added this year because of rain at last year’s event.

“We’ve gotten a lot of donations this year from locals, out of towners and businesses this year,” Palmer said.

Applications are available now at the Bristol Borough Police Department, 250 Pond Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with a deadline of August 24 to apply. 

Face painting, a D.J., and the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office Dept with its K-9 unit will be on hand.

Fishing gear for children is free and this is a 12 and under event for kids living in Bristol Borough.

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