We offer quality opportunities for those over the age of 60 to continue learning, stay fit, improve health, and most importantly, have lots of fun. Age is just a number. Nothing proves that statement better than the hundreds of active people who participate in Lancaster Rec senior programs.

To participate in any of the programs below, you must join the Lancaster Rec Senior Center. Membership is free!

Membership Application Activities Calendar

Get Active While Having Fun

Staying physically active has many benefits. Being active can boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, and even reduce the symptoms of depression. Physical activity also strengthens your body and helps maintain your balance. We offer many opportunities to get you moving in a safe environment and in community with others. We also offer a variety of social and educational activities to keep your mind sharp.

Indoor Shuffleboard

Come for the fun, a little exercise and to be with friends on great courts. Play on Tuesdays, September through May from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Lancaster Recreation Center gym. Attend any Tuesday for $2 each day.

Indoor Pickleball

A cross between badminton and tennis, pickleball is easy to play and learn. Play on Mondays, September through May from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Lancaster Rec Center gym. Attend any Monday for $2 each day.

Pepper Softball

Every player gets the chance to bat a pitched softball for two rounds while hitting to each fielder playing that day. Meets Thursdays year-round from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Lancaster Recreation Center gym or at 10:30 a.m. outdoors at the Lafayette School Ball Field during nice weather days.

Senior Exercise Class

Offered every Monday morning at 9:30 a.m., this class is designed to improve your flexibility and balance. A certified instructor leads sitting and standing exercises.

Healthy Steps in Motion

Offered every Tuesday morning at 9:15 a.m., each participant receives a colorful calendar-style booklet with directions and illustrations of exercises as well as information about how to set goals and keep track of progress. You will learn how to reduce risks of falling, learn new exercises to build strength — especially in the lower body — and increase flexibility to improve movement.

Fitness Walking

On good weather days, we walk in Brandon Park. When the weather isn’t cooperating, we walk indoors at the Lancaster Recreation Center gym. Held every day at 11:30 a.m.

Lancaster Senior Orchestra

Make beautiful music with the Lancaster Senior Orchestra. This fun-loving 48-member group practices and performs under the direction of conductor Warren Mansur with assistance by orchestra manager, Ted Weitzel, Jr. Practice is held at the Lancaster Rec Center on Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., September through May. Concerts are performed for retirement groups, homes, communities, churches, civic organizations, school groups, and service clubs throughout Lancaster County. Annual membership dues are $15.

Bridge and Pinochle Games

Enjoy playing non-competitive bridge year-round on Fridays from 12:30-3 p.m. at the Lancaster Rec Senior Center. Pinochle games are held year-round on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. at the Rodney Park Happy Hearts Club Senior Center and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. at the Lancaster House North Happy Hearts Club Senior Center. Membership in the Lancaster Rec Senior Center is required for Bridge; membership in the Happy Hearts Club is required for Pinochle.

Painting & Drawing Art Class

Bring out your creativity and express yourself through drawing and painting. Class meets on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. from September through May at the Lancaster Recreation Center. Fees are $22 for five-week sessions. Membership in the Lancaster Rec Senior Center is required.

Health and Wellness Programs

Every month, different programs are scheduled. Blood pressure checks are done on a routine basis. Flu shots are provided prior to flu season. Fruit and vegetable vouchers are provided throughout the year. In addition, we provide:

  • Meal and nutrition programs
  • Hearing and vision assessments
  • Referral and connection to appropriate community support systems
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Assistance, information and guidance in understanding Medicare and insurance
  • Tax-preparation assistance

Important Details

For assistance with any senior fitness or recreation program, contact Susan at sdavis@LancasterRec.org
or 717-399-7671.

Our friendly Senior Center staff will be glad to introduce you to our programs. We offer quality opportunities to learn, improve health, and most importantly, to have lots of laughs. Special events include holiday parties, summer picnics, live entertainment, volunteer appreciation celebrations, intergenerational activities with our preschool classes, and day trips to great places.

Seniors can register for van transportation to and from their homes to the Lancaster Rec Senior Center. For those driving to the Senior Center, handicapped accessible parking is available, as is an accessible ramp into the Senior Center.

Senior Center closings due to inclement weather are listed on WGAL TV 8.