The Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Committee (PARRC) was first convened as a sub-committee of the Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Committee (PMRPC). PMRPC was established in 2005. It is comprised of six Montgomery County municipalities: the townships of New Hanover, Douglass, Lower, Upper and West Pottsgrove, and the Borough of Pottstown, and two Chester County townships, East Coventry and North Coventry. Its intent is to ensure smarter growth in the region, improved management of future development and protection of the area's unique historical, cultural and natural amenities. PMRPC's Comprehensive Plan has become one of the largest multi-municipal planning efforts in Pennsylvania. PMRPC meets on a monthly basis.
PARRC was established in 2012 and was initially comprised of representatives from six municipalities: the townships of Douglass, Lower, Upper and West Pottsgrove, North Coventry and the Borough of Pottstown; Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation (PAHWF); the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and in partnership with Schuylkill River Greenway Association (SRGA), and Montgomery County. PARRC meets on a monthly basis.
In 2019, PARRC was joined by a new member, East Coventry Township, bringing the total to seven municipalities. In October of 2020, PARRC became an independent organization. In 2022, Washington Township, Berks County became the eighth municipality to join PARRC.
Working with its partner organizations, PARRC seeks to promote the development and maintenance of recreational facilities, encourage the preservation of open space and its creative use and implement better planning for parks and recreation for all.
The Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Coordinator position (now the Regional Recreation Planner) originated from the 2009 Recreation Needs Study developed by Penn State University. It was implemented in 2014 through a DCNR Circuit Rider grant and funding by the PARRC members and the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. The responsibilities of the Regional Recreation Planner consist of:
• Grant writing & administration
• Park planning, design & project coordination
• Assess community needs and interests
• Park inventory & evaluation
• Facilitate coordination of recreation resources
• Marketing and event promotion
• Establish/build relationships with community stakeholders
• Advocate for local parks and recreation