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 Due to a shortage of available lifeguards that is impacting the ability of many community pools to open this year, the County has made the necessary decision to not open the Lancaster County Central Park Pool in the summer of 2022. While the County recognizes this news will be disappointing to the many residents who’ve enjoyed all that the facility has to offer, safety is of paramount concern and there are not enough lifeguards to meet essential staffing standards. Everyone is encouraged to explore and discover all of the other activities and resources found within the County Parks system, including beautifully maintained nature trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding; environmental and outdoor education programs; pavilions that can be rented for private events and functions; and, some of the most stunning vistas and scenery to be found in Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit www.co.lancaster.pa.us/151/Parks-Recreation       


Spotted Lanternfly


Now that the Spotted Lanternfly has been found in Lancaster County, it is important that we learn about this highly invasive insect and how to combat it.  While our arboriculture staff is working diligently to contain spotted lanternfly within the County Parks, the following websites, including additional links, provide all of the information that both residents and businesses within the County need to effectively address this vital issue:

Agriculture PA GOV - Spotted Lanternfly         

PSU Extension - Spotted Lanternfly

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Mission Statement

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to improving the well being of County residents by providing facilities and programs that encourage participation in outdoor activities and foster personal action for the conservation of natural resources. 

With six region parks and three recreational trails, the department manages a total of 2,055 acres. Regional parks range in level of development from Central Park's more urban setting to the Theodore Parker Natural Area's rural setting in the woodlands along Stewart Run in the southeastern part of the county.  All county parks and services are also open to non-residents.



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