Park and Rec Accomplishments

2017 was a big year for the Parks and Recreation Department! Here are some of the highlights!

  • Nearly 225,000 people visited the park system for events, programs, activities and just to socialize.
  • $1,033,000 in grants secured for the Milltown Dam Park renovation and Paoli Pike Trail project, bringing our two-year total to $4.6M in secured grant funding.
  • The Fit and Fun in the Park initiative was recognized by PA Governor Tom Wolf with a Local Government Excellence Award as the best municipal health and wellness program in the state in 2016 (April 2017).
  • The Bicentennial Celebration was recognized by the National Recreation and Parks Association as a Park Champion Finalist, one of four across the country. NRPA Park Champion events highlight and advocate for park and recreation initiatives at the federal level (September).
  • The Liv Live Concert and 22 in 22: Pushups with a Purpose event was recognized with an Excellence in Programming Award at the PA Recreation & Parks Society annual conference (March). This event advocated for mental health awareness and was presented in partnership with the Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force.
  • The department was recognized with the first PRPS/DCNR GOOD Award, for its work as Regional Advisor on the statewide GOOD parks and recreation marketing campaign (March).
  • East Goshen Township Park named the 2017 Best Park by Main Line Today (June).
  • The Department Director became a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE), one of four across Pennsylvania and one-hundred across the country.
  • Park Commission member and volunteer Debbie Snyder given the “Awesome Award” for stewardship of the Senior Cards and Social Club.

Want to learn more? Click here to see the 2017 Department of Parks and Recreation End of Year Report