Parks and Recreation
"Our mission is to improve the quality
of life within the community by providing activities, facilities,
and opportunities for enhanced physical, mental, and social
The offices of the Lower Paxton Township Parks and Recreation
Department are located in the Friendship Community Center,
5000 Commons Dr., Harrisburg, Pa. 17112. The Department
may be contacted by telephone.
Mr. Brian Luetchford serves
as Director of the Parks and Recreation Department.
Lower Paxton Township, through its Parks and Recreation Department,
provides over 200 acres of park land for public use, while
annually offering in excess of 300 recreation programs, trips,
and special events. Each year, over 12,000 individuals
participate in activities sponsored by the Department.
Through the offering of these programs and services, the Department
seeks to promote the concept of personal well-being in the
form of physical, social, and mental health.
Lower Paxton Township possesses 17 public park facilities
and approximately 283 acres of park land. Park facilities
range from lightly developed forest and mountain land to established
athletic fields, playgrounds, and ball courts. Large,
Township-owned regional parks (over 10 acres) include: Koons,
Brightbill, Kohl, and Lingle Parks. Neighborhood park
properties (smaller than 10 acres) include: Centennial Acres,
Forest Hills, Hocker, Hodges Heights, Kings Crossing,
Ranger, Hurley, Lamplight, and Meadowbrook Parks.
The inventory of outdoor recreational facilities includes
baseball, softball, soccer and football fields; basketball,
tennis, volleyball, bocce and racquetball courts; picnic pavilions;
nature trails; playground equipment and ancillary facilities
such as parking lots, restrooms, and storage areas.
The Parks and Recreation department is responsible for the
use of park land by the general public. It is
estimated that over one-half million visits are made to the
Township's system of parks every year.
The 2004 operating budget for the Parks and Recreation Department
includes General Fund expenditures of $752,720.00 and revenues
of $619,380.00. Capital improvements for park facilities are
funded, in part in the General Improvement Fund. The
fiscal year 2004 operating budget for the Friendship Comunity
Center is balanced, with revenues and expenditures both totaling
The network of public parks serving Lower Paxton Township
is maintained by the Public Works Department and funding for
these activities is included within its budget. This
network has proven to be effective in meeting the recreational
needs of our community. The Board of Supervisors has
implemented plans over the past five years to expand park
facilities, with over $2 million in new additions to the Township's
system of public parks. On a long term basis the Board,
as recommended by the 1992 Comprehensive Plan, is pursuing
the development of a fifth regional park on land recently
donated to our community by AMP,
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