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, Elk Township, Lower Oxford Township, the Oxford Borough, and West Nottingham Township.
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 19, Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 20, Oct 19, Nov 16, and Dec 21, 2023 at the Lower Oxford Township Building, 220 Township Rd., Oxford, PA; May 18, Jul 20, and Sep 21, 2023 at the 900 W. Locust St., Oxford, PA; and Jun 15, and Aug 17, 2023 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.
To submit a records request, please download the Right-to-Know form and mail it to
Open Records Officer
P.O. Box 254
Oxford, PA 19363
The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records can be reached at the following address:
Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
333 Market Street, 16th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101-2234
The OARA Board of Directors is made up of representatives from each of the member municipalities. The Board Members for 2022 are as follows:
Art Astle, Lower Oxford Township
Chip Benke, East Nottingham Township
Steve Hoffman, Lower Oxford Township
Dan Meixall, Oxford Borough
Candace Miller, West Nottingham Township
Marcella Peyre-Ferry, Elk Township
John Reynolds, Jr., Oxford Borough
Marc Roy, Elk Township
Jeff Sanders, East Nottingham Township
Jennifer Seymore, West Nottingham Township
The OARA park has received or receives financial support from the following:
Commonwealth of PA - DCNR
Chester County Commissioners
Anonymous Donors - 3 contributions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; be sure to include the topic of discussion.