PARK & RECREATION BOARD
Boroughs have the power to provide, improve, maintain and regulate public parks, playgrounds, playing fields and recreation centers. In Doylestown Borough a Park and Recreation Board was formed to function in an advisory capacity to Borough Council in determining the amounts and kinds of recreation most needed by its citizens. The Board also has the responsibility to equip, operate and maintain recreation facilities.
The Borough Park and Recreation Board work cooperatively with Doylestown Township’s Park and Recreation Board. The Township and the Borough have joined forces to create four committees:
The Bike and Hike Committee has been in place since 1993. The Committee includes representation from both municipalities including the Borough Manager, the Township Manager, interested citizens, landscape architects, engineers, Central Bucks School District, Doylestown Hospital, and business owners. Under their leadership, the community has established about 12 miles of bike paths connecting parks, the town center, schools, cultural institutions neighborhoods, the transportation center, Delaware Valley College, and Doylestown Hospital. The Committee achieved this through volunteer time, municipal support and grants.
The JPROS (Joint Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan) Committee was a joint venture of the two communities. The committee members included elected officials, Central Bucks School Board representative, park and recreation board members, Council on the Performing Arts members, county planning, community sports, the arts, Bucks County Parks & Recreation Department, the environment, senior adults, municipal managers, Public Works Department, and park and recreation professionals. Together the municipal representatives worked collaboratively to achieve of balanced park, recreation and open space plan.