History

The Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Committee (PARRC) was a sub-committee of the Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Committee (PMRPC).

The 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 municipalities: East Coventry and North Coventry Townships.  Its intent is to ensure smarter growth in the region, better manage future development and protect the area's unique historical, cultural and natural amenities. Its Comprehensive Plan has become one of the largest multi-municipal planning efforts in Pennsylvania.  It meets on a monthly basis.

PARRC was established in 2012 and was 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 and Wellness Foundation (PAHWF); the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) and in partnership with Schuylkill River Greenway Association (SRGA), and Montgomery County. It meets on a monthly basis.

 

In 2019, PARRC was joined by a new member, East Coventry

Township, which now brings the total to seven municipalities.

In October of 2020, PARRC became an independent organization. 

 

 

The Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Coordinator

position 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 and

Wellness Foundation. The responsibilities of the Regional

Recreation Coordinator consist of: 

•Grant writing & administration

•Park planning & design

•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

When PARRC became an independent organization, the title of the

Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Coordinator changed

to the Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Planner.