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Falls eyes update of Parks and Recreation guidelines

Just in time for warmer weather, the Falls Township Supervisors are looking to make strides to keep residents – and wildlife – safe.

The Supervisors voted unanimously during a virtual meeting to authorize advertisement of several proposed changes to the Falls Township Parks Ordinance.

The proposed amendments would bring the township in line with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, according to township attorney Lauren Gallagher.

If adopted as proposed, the ordinance would prohibit the release of helium balloons and luminaries.

Parks and Recreation Director Brian Andrews said families release balloons in memoriam of a loved one.

Released balloons contribute to litter and pollution and have been known to kill wildlife who mistake ribbons and balloons for food.

Sea turtle, dolphins, whales, fish, and birds have been found to have balloons in their stomachs.

Balloon ribbons and strings can cause entanglement, which can result in death.

In addition, the proposed amendments include a requirement that boats of any kind be in compliance with the Fish and Boat Commission boating regulations.

Also, anyone occupying a watercraft would be required to wear a flotation device at all times.

The current ordinance requires flotation devices for children under age 12 only.

Under the proposed ordinance amendment, wading, along with swimming, would be prohibited.

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