About Us

Who We Are


The Oxford Area Recreation Authority (OARA) is a Pennsylvania municipal authority incorporated in 2003 to provide shared recreation facilities for a population of approximately 24,000 residents of East Nottingham Township, West Nottingham Township, Elk Township, Lower Oxford Township and the Borough of Oxford.  We serve approximately 65 square miles. 

Our Mission


The OARA is dedicated to providing quality visitor experience in the Oxford Area Regional Park by providing an attractive, safe, and clean environment with quality facilities and effective public service.  The OARA will work in partnership with other community organizations, government entities and individuals to plan, direct, manage and evaluate the operation of the park in an accountable manner befitting resourceful public service.

Meeting Date and Time

The OARA Board will hold monthly meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meeting dates are: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, Apr 15, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, and Dec 16, 2021 at the Lower Oxford Township Building, 220 Township Rd., Oxford, PA; May 20, Jul 15, Aug 19, 2021 at the 900 W. Locust St., Oxford, PA; and Jun 17, 2021 at Oxford Area Regional Park, 260 W. Oaks Road, Oxford, PA. In the event a meeting can not be held as scheduled, a meeting may be held via zoom internet conferencing. Meeting information will be available at the top of the home page on the website.

OARA Board


The OARA Board of Directors is made up of representatives from each of the member municipalities.  The Board Members for 2020 are as follows:


Art Astle, Lower Oxford Township

Chip Benke, East Nottingham Township

Terri Dugan, West Nottingham Township

Scott Fetterolf, Elk Township

Steve Hoffman, Lower Oxford Township

Candace Miller, West Nottingham Township

Marcella Peyre-Ferry, Elk Township

John Reynolds, Jr., Oxford Borough

Joe Staracheski, East Nottingham Township

Dan Meixall, Oxford Borough


The OARA park has received or receives financial support from the following:

     Commonwealth of PA - DCNR

     Chester County Commissioners

     Anonymous Donors - 3 contributions

     Dockstader Foundation


​     PECO


Meeting Information

Meeting Agendas
Meeting Minutes
Attending a Meeting

If you have business you would like to discuss with the Board, we ask that you contact us at least one week prior to the meeting so you can be added to the agenda.  You can contact your municipal representative or send an email to treasoara@gmail.com; be sure to include the topic of discussion.


Contact Us

Oxford Area Recreation Authority

Park Address:  900 W. Locust St. Oxford, PA 19363

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 254, Oxford, PA  19363

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