Parks & Recreation

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 regional 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.


Central Park Offers Christmas Tree Recycling

County residents can participate in an environmentally-friendly way to dispose of their Christmas trees by dropping them at the Lancaster County Central Park mulching site between dawn and dusk through Wednesday, January 31.

The park mulching program is for Christmas trees only – no other yard waste will be accepted. Trees must be free of decorations, lights, and hardware, including nails in the trunk. There is a three-tree limit per vehicle. Commercial haulers are strongly advised to contact their local municipalities for their respective Christmas tree recycling locations. 

There is a suggested donation of $1 for each tree. Donations cover the operations of the Dr. John Moss Native Tree Nursery in Central Park. Trees from the nursery are utilized throughout the County Park System.

The mulch is ideal for acid-loving plants such as rhododendrons and azaleas, and many deciduous ornamental trees and shrubs that require slightly acidic soil conditions. The mulch will be available to residents on a first-come, first-served basis near the tree drop off site. Persons desiring free mulch should bring a pitchfork or shovel, and a bag or a trailer to transport it home.

For more information about the Christmas tree mulching program, residents may call the Park Office at 299-8215, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.