Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission


Serving Penn-Trafford School District Communities:
Penn Township, Manor Borough, Penn Borough, Trafford Borough

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Penn-Trafford Fitness Center~ Get Fit, Stay Fit!
The Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission is pleased to be partnering with the Penn-Trafford School District to offer residents the use of the all New and Exciting Fitness and Exercise Facility at Penn-Trafford High School!

We, at PTARC, are proud to have the opportunity to provide public access to this state-of-the-art facility on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm. Work at your own pace, work out your own style. Pre-registration is required for access, renewable Fit passes may be purchased for $15/month or $40 for a 3 month pass, per person. Adults, age 18 and up; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


The Trust for Public Land conducted a study on the economic value of city park systems and found that parks can contribute to the value of residential properties immediately adjacent to a park by as much as a 20 percent marginal value!

Phase IPenn Township Municipal Park Phase 1 Development Completed, November 2014

Provided to you by a PTARC grant award of $265,600 from the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program, the Township of Penn, Penn Township Recreation, Friends of PTARC, and local community contributors.

Dog Park: The new dog park has separate small breed and large breed areas.

Pond Enlargement and Walking Trails: Newly enlarged pond with fish habitat and additional walking/jogging trails. The park is open from dawn to dusk. Enjoy!


PhotoPhase II--$211,000 Awarded October 2014, Completed September 2016!

In November of 2014, PTARC was awarded
$211,000 from the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program, and with a matching amount from the Township of Penn, Penn Township Recreation and local community contributors for a total project cost of $492,000!
Penn Township Municipal Park

Phase IINew Playground: All new playground with areas for ages 2-5 and 5-12.

New Sport Court Area includes a new basketball court, new tennis court, and new volleyball court in the expanded area of the park!



  • $730,065 Grant Project Income for Penn Township

  • $126,000 Grant Project Income for Manor Borough

  • $143,000 Grant Project Income for Penn Borough

  • $197,500 Grant Project Income for Trafford Borough

  • $223,722 Grant Project & Fundraising Income for the PTARC Shelley Proskin Recreation Center

  • An average of 5,285 people per year participate in PTARC programs and activities

  • An average of 555 youth per year participate in instructional swimming programs preventing drownings

Parks & Recreation works for you, your kids, your neighbors and your communities…

  • Individual Benefits: Improves academic performance; Improves health and well-being; Reduces stress; Increases confidence and self-esteem

  • Community Benefits: Reduces crime; Keeps kids off the streets; Strengthens families; Increases community pride and volunteerism

  • Economic Benefits: Increases property values; Reduces health care costs; Increases productivity; Boosts tourism

  • Environmental Benefits: Preserves plants and wildlife; Controls air, water and soil quality; Provides accessible places to enjoy nature

    Everyone benefits directly or indirectly! Yesterday's activities promote tomorrow's physical and mental wellness!


Do you play Bocci? Croquet? If you have a special skill or talent and would be willing to share your passion with others contact PTARC at 724-744-2171 ext. 204 or 205 to discuss coordinating a program!

The Rough Diamond Trail Project
Rough Diamond Trail Project Video II

Who We Are

PTARC (Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission) is a nonprofit, intergovernmental organization providing residents of the Penn-Trafford School District in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with the opportunity for life-long learning, fitness, and fun through wholesome, affordable, recreational activities and safe, appealing facilities. Read The Benefits of PTARC Flyer

PTARC offers activities for both children and adults. YOU are our future -- Tell us what you want!

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Penn Trafford Area Recreation Commission (PTARC), 2001 Municipal Court, Harrison City, PA 15636  • 
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm  •  724-744-2171, ext. 204 or 20