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.

Our Strategy

We will achieve our mission and philosophy through strategic areas of focus on long-term financial viability, branding, distinguished programming and physical literacy. Learn more about our areas of focus, priorities and success indicators by downloading our 2016-2018 Strategic Plan.

Our Sustainability

Each year we take a look at how the programs, activities and services Lancaster Rec offers fits within our scope of building an active, healthy future for our community. Learn more about the past year’s activities by downloading our Annual Report.

Our Programs and Services

We publish an Activities Guide in the months of January, April and August. Find out what’s offered now by downloading the current issue.

Our Capabilities

As a community partnership of the City of Lancaster, School District of Lancaster and Lancaster Township, we have served as a healthy haven for children, families, adults and seniors for more than 100 years. Learn more about our recreational and educational programs by downloading our Teaming with Our Community brochure.

Our Board

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

  • James Reichenbach, Chair – City Councilman
  • Alimayu Thrash, Vice Chair – City Resident
  • Matt Przywara, Secretary/Treasurer – School District Chief Financial & Operations Officer

Board Members

  • Rachel Ballentine – City Resident
  • Mike Hamlin – Township Superintendent of Public Works
  • Gerald Harrison – City Resident
  • Charlotte Katzenmoyer – City Director of Public Works
  • Radames Melendez – School Board Member
  • Linda Troublefield Owens – School Board Member
  • Pete Soto – City Councilman
  • Suzanne Teske – Township Resident