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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, Elk Township, Lower Oxford Township, the Oxford Borough, and West Nottingham Township.  

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 18, Feb 15, Mar 21, Apr 18, Sep 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, and Dec 19, 2024 at the Lower Oxford Township Building, 220 Township Rd., Oxford, PA; May 16 and Jul 18, 2024 at 900 W. Locust St., Oxford, PA; and Jun 20 and Aug 15, 2024 at 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.

Right-to-Know Requests

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

OARA Board


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

Jeff Sanders, East Nottingham Township

Jennifer Seymore, West Nottingham Township

VACANT, Elk 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

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Meeting Info

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; 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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