The Lancaster Recreation Commission (Lancaster Rec) is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency formed by a partnership agreement between the City of Lancaster, School District of Lancaster and Lancaster Township. Our administrative offices are located at the Lancaster Recreation Center.
Operating since 1909, we provide neighborhood-based recreation and learning opportunities for all ages – with an emphasis on affordable programs for children – at schools, parks, playgrounds, and other indoor and outdoor facilities.
Programs include youth and adult instructional sports programs and leagues, senior centers, fitness and wellness classes, summer playgrounds and day camps, full-day child care for infants through age 5, club activities, before and after school care, preschool education and seasonal family events.
Our most important functions are the intangible ones – family interaction, the friends we make, memories of playing on the playground, being part of a team or learning to swim. Our recreation services bring people together and make our community stronger. To truly learn about Lancaster Rec, join one of our classes, programs or events.
Our mission is to provide quality and affordable recreation and learning opportunities to Lancaster residents.
Our Philosophy: Get Active. Live Healthy.
We believe sports, recreation, fun and exploring new interests is for everyone, regardless of age. Along with improving health, there’s the added benefit of being connected to others and learning from each other. That’s why we offer a range of recreational activities, events and programs.
We are governed by an 11-member volunteer board that represents our partners – the City of Lancaster, Lancaster Township, and the School District of Lancaster – whose cooperative support provides Lancaster Rec with the funding and facilities use necessary to offer an extensive schedule of recreation and learning opportunities for all ages.
Our recreation services bring people together and make our community stronger.
Lancaster Recreation Commission Board Officers
- John Carpenter, Chair- City Resident
- Alimayu Thrash, Vice Chair – City Resident
- Matt Przywara, Secretary/Treasurer – School District Chief Financial & Operations Officer
- Rachel Ballentine – City Resident
- Bob Desmarais, Jr. – Township Resident
- Mike Hamlin – Township Superintendent of Public Works
- Charlotte Katzenmoyer – City Director of Public Works
- Harvey Miller – School Board Member
- Linda Troublefield Owens – School Board Member
- James Reichenbach – City Councilman
Board meetings are open to the public. Find our board meeting schedule here.