From a seven-mile walking trail with exercise stations to a skate park with rails, ramps, and other features that turn heads, Lewisburg Recreation Park has something for everyone.
The park grew out of the need to rehabilitate the Lewisburg Borough community pool, originally built in the 1970s and in a state of disrepair when the Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority (now named the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority) took control.
With a grant from the Keystone Fund and support from the local community, the Authority renovated the pool, adding water slides, a diving board, a fountain where children can play, and separate pools for babies and toddlers.
Building on its success, the Authority set out to rehabilitate the surrounding park, securing more Keystone funding as well as significant private investment to create a place where children and adults of all ages can play. And play. And play.
The 23-acre park bustles with activity as visitors enjoy the pools, skate park, and exercise trail as well as basketball and tennis courts, a playground for children age 1 to 5, a playground for children age 5 to 12, picnic pavilions, boulders for climbing, and an outdoor ice skating rink.
The park draws children and adults from near and far and serves as a local gathering place throughout the year. The project also demonstrates what can be accomplished through public and private partnerships. In addition to securing funding through Keystone, the Authority partnered with local manufacturing firm Playworld Systems, which donated time, money, and equipment for the project. Other partners included Lewisburg Borough, East Buffalo Township, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, private foundations, and local residents.