It is the responsibility of the health department to ensure the public health, safety and welfare of the residents within the township. All public health issues pertaining to food establishments and rental properties are addressed by health officers by enforcing the Upper Darby Township Property Maintenance Code. Some of these issues include but not limited to plumbing issues, electrical issues, sanitary conditions, exterior and interior maintenance, bug or rodent infestation, heating and ventilation etc…
James Maloney has been serving the township for twenty-six (26) years. More than half of his life has been dedicated to the township. He became a state certified health officer in 1988, and then was appointed the Director of Public Health in July of 2004.
Since 2006, he has been an active member of the “Weed-n-Seed” Program and is a mentor with the DEFY (Drug Education For Youth) program. In 2007, he became a member of the Delaware County Flu Task Force
His duties include but not limited to:
- Provide environmental health programs including food, housing, plumbing, and water control;
- Provide health education programs
- Enforce all laws, ordinances, and resolutions pertaining to the public health;
- Ensure the abatement of all nuisances detrimental to the public health;
- Enforce the rules and regulations relating to the reporting and examination of cases in which a dog or other animal bites a human;
- Seize and arrange for the detention of dogs running at large upon public property within the Township;
- Cooperate with other public or private agencies working in the field of public health to assure that all necessary measures, utilizing all available resources, are being taken to safeguard the public health.
In partnership with Bywood Animal Hospital the health department provides free rabies shots every October.
In partnership with the State Health Department and Delaware County Intercommunity Health the health department the health department will provide the facility to administer flu shots.
The duties of the animal wardens include the enforcement of:
- Barking Dogs
- Dog Bites
- Dog Defecation accumulation and clean-up
- Feeding stray cats, birds or any other type of animals outside the home.
- Dogs and cats at large
- Rabies vaccination certificates
- Dog tags (which must be worn around the dog’s chain or collar at all times and must be registered with Delaware County).
- Dog leashes
- Report any/all animal cruelty cases to Delaware County S.P.C.A cruelty officer
- Submit wildlife removal to the Delaware County Wildlife Trapper
- Enforce rules and regulations concerning rodent infestation
Kent Park : Dog Park
The Delaware County Department of Parks and Recreation and Upper Darby Township are operating the Dog Park at Kent Park jointly. The dog park is part of a renovated multi-recreational area that features a playground, fishing area, and the separate fenced-in dog park, complete with a covered pavilion, benches, water and, of course, dog-litter bags.
Kent Park is a scenic 10-acre stretch of green that runs along Darby Creek under the historic Lindbergh Bridge. Kent Park is a county-owned park that has traditionally been used for hiking and fishing. The Kent Park recreational area is part of a broader plan to create a Greenway along Darby Creek.
In response to dog owners, Kent Park offers a fenced-in area for dogs to get fresh air, exercise and playtime with other dogs. The Dog Park features two fenced-in areas: one for dogs 25 pounds and larger; and one for smaller dogs. Both enclosures are double-gated to prevent dogs from getting loose.
Park users are required to register their dogs with Delaware County/Upper Darby, and to abide by the rules and regulations designed to keep the park safe and well-maintained.
Kent Park Dog Park is located in the 3900 block of Bridge Street, off of Baltimore Pike in Upper Darby. Hours are 8 a.m.-dusk daily. People must register their dogs to obtain a key fob for entrance. Current license and rabies inoculation are required. Registration is $20 per household; $10 for renewal; $10 for senior citizens and $5 for renewal.
Access Pass Information
- Completion of the application form with proof of the required license and vaccination information listed. All dogs are required to have both a current dog license issued by the County and a current rabies vaccination certificate from a licensed veterinarian. Additionally, each applicant will be required to have read the "Rules & Regulations" and then sign the "Acceptance of Risk & Release of Liability Waiver Form". Applications are for Delaware County residents only.
- Access Pass
- The access pass will allow you to gain entry to one of the two dog run areas during the scheduled hours of operation. This will be determined by the weight of your dog. Dogs 25 pounds or greater will be assigned to the large dog area and dogs weighing less than 25 pounds will be assigned to the small dog area. The access pass issued will allow unlimited usage of the dog park from 8 AM to dusk, seven (7) days a week, weather & conditions permitting. Please note the access pass is non-transferable between owners.
- Usage Fees
- First-time applicants - $20.00 for county residents and $10.00 for county senior citizens.
Renewal fees - $10.00 for county residents and $5.00 for county senior citizens.
Replacement of Access Pass - $10.00 for county residents and $5.00 for county senior citizens.
- Payments can be made in the form of a check or money order made payable to Delaware County Treasurer.
Applications and Passes may be obtained from the following locations:
Delaware County Parks and Recreation
Rose Tree Park – Leedom House
1671 N. Providence Road
Upper Providence Township, PA 19063
Phone number: 610-565-7410
Hours: 8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday
County of Delaware Government Center Building
Ground Floor, License Department
201 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063
Phone number: 610-891-4271
Hours: 8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday
Upper Darby Township Municipal Building
100 Garrett Road, Room 306
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Phone number: 610-734-7640
Hours: 9:00AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday
RULES & REGULATIONS FOR PARK USAGE
PARK HOURS OF OPERATION: 8 AM – DUSK (WEATHER & CONDITIONS PERMITTING)
PLEASE STRICTLY OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING RULES & REGULATIONS:
- All dogs utilizing the park must be registered with the County/Upper Darby Township, prior to use. If violators are found, your privileges may be revoked & you could be subject to fine. Please note that passes are not transferable between owners.
- The owner of any dog assumes all liability for damages suffered by anyone who is bitten or injured by your dog while utilizing the park, or any dog that you have allowed into the park with your pass (which is prohibited).
- Dog must only be released in the enclosure designated for their size/weight.
- Dogs must be supervised by persons eighteen (18) years or older at all times.
- No unattended dogs are permitted in the park at any time. Abandoning animals is prohibited by law.
- No more than two (2) dogs per person are permitted at one time in the park.
- Accompany & monitor your dogs closely at all times. Always have a leash available & ready for use as may be required.
- No children, under the age of eighteen (18) years are permitted in the park, unless they are accompanied by an adult.
Please clean up after yourself and your dogs. Scoop bags are available in the park.
- Aggressive dogs are prohibited in the park. Reported cases will result in the loss of park privileges.
- Dogs that are in heat or that are sick are prohibited in the park.
- Please, closely monitor unneutered dogs at all times!
- All dogs must be licensed & properly immunized. The use of heartworm & tick prevention products is highly recommended.
- Puppies over six (6) months of age must have full immunizations to utilize the park.
- Puppies under six (6) months of age are not permitted in the park.
- No prong (pinch), choke, or spiked collars are permitted in the park.
- Please discourage your dogs from digging any holes. Please help us keep the park safe for others’ use.
- No smoking, alcohol, food, or glass containers are permitted in the park.
- Professional dog trainers are not permitted to use this facility for training purposes without written permission from
To insure safe & good times for all, please utilize the Dog Park in a responsible manner at all times!