Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission


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



What's New

2014 WINTER/SPRING ACTIVITY GUIDE POSTED -- Fun activities for January-May 2014 for all ages, including: Chili Golf Classic, Car Cruise & Show, Swimming, Activity Time for Tots, The Dance Academy, Jr. Olympian Karate Fitness, Happy Feet Soccer, Lego ABC's 123's, Acting, Archery, The Arts & Crafts Corner, Cheer Fun, Dance Party, Guitar, Golf, Mad Science, The Tennis Academy, Volleyball, Chi-Lates, Cardio Chaos, Fit N Tone, Piano, Yoga, Zumba, Pilates Lite, Senior Stretch & Strength & more!

The guide is posted here and will be distributed to all Penn-Trafford School District residents in your Penn-Trafford Star or Tribune Review on Thursday, January 2.  Watch for summer and fall too: The 2014 Summer Activity Guide will be delivered to your home on May 15th. The 2014 Fall Activity Guide will be delivered to your home on August 14th..

View the entire brochure in PDF format here
NEW! Register Online Here


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SIGN UP FOR THE 2014 PTARC TRIATHLON -- This year's triathlon will be held on June 21, 2014 at Penn Township Municipal Park. View the complete brochure and registration form. The PTARC triathlon is open to anyone age 6 through adult. Awards are given to the top finishers.

Friday, February 28, 2014 - Beer Tasting: Friends of PTARC invite you to their 4th Annual Beer Tasting! The menu will include: Pourhouse beer cheese dip with flatbread, Mandarin salad, Chicken Marsala, Beef Burgundy or Baked Italian Cod, steamed vegetable, roasted redskin potatoes, and homemade dessert. Each course is served with an accompanying craft beer and the Brewmaster will inform you about each beer!


  • $519,065 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 & activities

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

  Level Green Elementary Park Mt. Manor Park
  Level Green Elementary Park Mt. Manor Park
  Penn Borough Park Trafford BY Park
  Penn Borough Park Trafford BY Park


We asked Penn-Trafford residents to share their parks & recreation memories through photographs of participation in PTARC activities or at any parks & recreation facilities within the Penn-Trafford School District.

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1st place: Justin Galloway
Daughter Riley at the Penn Township Municipal Park Playground
2nd place: Justin Galloway
Daughter Riley at the Penn Township Municipal Park Pond
3rd place: Ashley Weishaar
Twins Hanna & Olivia at PTARC Tennis class


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!

Penn Township Municipal Park Phase 1 Development

  • Provided to you by a PTARC grant award from the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program

  • The Township of Penn

  • Penn Township Recreation and local community contributors

Dog Park
The new dog park has separate small breed and large breed areas. All dogs must display a current license, vaccination tag, and ID tag. Dogs must be under control of an adult 18 years of age or older, and there is a limit of two dogs per handler. Handlers must possess a leash at all times while in the off-leash area, and dogs must be leashed to enter and exit the park. Dog waste must be collected by the handler and placed in the provided receptacles. Food and dog treats are not permitted in the off-leash areas. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We do not recommend that you bring small children or infants into the dog park for safety reasons. Handlers must be present with their dog(s) and keep them under visual and voice control at all times.

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Park Pond Enlargement & Walking Trail Expansion
The newly enlarged pond with fish habitat will re-open in the spring of 2014 upon completion of the remaining additional walking/jogging trail. The park is open from dawn to dusk. Enjoy!

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SUMMER PLAYGROUND POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Love kids? Playground Director positions available at locations throughout the Penn-Trafford School District. 11:00 am-3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, June 9-August 1, 2014. Applications available at the PTARC offices in the Penn Township Municipal Building, Harrison City, PA. Call 724-744-2171 ext. 204 or 205.

PTARC/SHELLEY PROSKIN RECREATION CENTER -- Route 130 & Murrysville Road, Level Green. Large multi-purpose room seating up to 149 and full kitchen. Available 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday, for parties, showers, celebrations, meetings, meals, speakers! May be partitioned into 2 or 3 separate rooms seating 75 or 50 each. Click here for more information about our facilities available for rent.

Paulo has a PHD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He works full-time for Westinghouse Electric Company. Paulo instructs mechanics and computer science courses at Penn State branches and Pitt. He has volunteered as the Volleyball instructor for PTARC since 2007. He also founded PTARC's Electronic Hobbyist Society. Paulo loves to play tennis, run marathons, play volleyball, and teach kids. Thank you Paulo for your time and dedication to the youth of Penn-Trafford!

The Rough Diamond Trail Project

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!

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!