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 meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at Lower Oxford Township Municipal Building, 220 Township Road, Oxford, PA 19363.  The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend.

OARA Board


The OARA Board of Directors is made up of representatives from each of the member municipalities.  The Board Members for 2019 are as follows:


Art Astle, Lower Oxford Township

Chip Benke, East 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

Bob VanZyl, East Nottingham Township

VACANT, Oxford Borough

VACANT, 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

     Dockstader Foundation


​     PECO


Meeting Information

Meeting Minutes
Prior Year Minutes

January 18, 2018

February 15, 2018

March 15, 2018

April 19, 2018

May 17, 2018

June 21, 2018

July 19, 2018

August 16, 2018 (cancelled)

September 20, 2018 (cancelled)

October 4, 2018

November 15, 2018 (cancelled)

December 20, 2018

Attending a Meeting

The public is always welcome to attend the monthly meetings of the OARA.  If you have business you would like to discuss with the Board, we ask that you contact us to 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.

All meetings will be held at the Lower Oxford Township Municipal Building, 220 Township Road, Oxford, PA. beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Volunteers are always needed!


Contact Us

Oxford Area Recreation Authority

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

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

Reservations:  610-314-3783

Email:  information.oara@gmail.com

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