The Warwick Regional Recreation Commission (WRRC) is an inter-governmentalagency committed to providing information, knowledge, and enhancement of the parks and recreation opportunities for residents of the Warwick School District.
- Develop relationships with an understanding of the histories and traditions of the various stakeholders.
- Establish standardization and centralization of year round schedules for fields and facilities. The schedule should reflect both maintenance ad field/facility use.
- Standardize rules, regulations, and inspections for the parks within all participating entities.
- Solicit quotes for liability insurance on behalf of the recreation commission.
- Establish a public relations program to better inform the public of recreation opportunities (including LRC).
- Review options to expand recreation opportunities for all age groups, including the over 45 age group.
- Secure funding for a new park in Elizabeth Township.
- Oversee the Lititz/Ephrata Trail Feasibility study.
- Secure funding to finish the fields at John Beck and Kissel Hill Elementary Schools.
- Research funding options for the construction of the Lititz/Warwick Trailway.
- Establish a capital plan and secure possible funding for the repair and maintenance of the Lititz Springs Pool.
What are the benefits to the community?
- Coordination of the many existing community recreation organizations and groups, most of which are volunteers.
- The opportunity to hire a parks and recreation professional for the region.
This gives the region someone who:
- Works with park area and recreation facility providers, both public and private, to ensure proper upkeep and care of facilities and adherence to safety standards
- Writes grant applications
- Oversees park area and recreation facility use and scheduling
- Works with municipalities on expanding the greenway and trail network
- Seeks funding for recreation and parks projects
- Promotes all recreation opportunities
- Assists youth sports organizations
- Fosters public-private partnerships
- Helps to enhance community special events
- Recruits volunteers for park enhancement and clean-up projects and recreation programs
- Assists municipalities with park acquisition and development projects
- Finds ways to fill in the gaps in the recreation system and ways to eliminate duplication
- Implements the recommendations of the Comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space Plan
- School buildings and grounds open more often for community use. Improved access of these tax-supported facilities expands the number of parks and recreation areas available for the community.
- More grant dollars for the region. Intergovernmental efforts rank higher during grant application reviews, and regional entities have more grant sources to apply to.
- A central source of information about the recreation opportunities available for residents. A regional recreation commission operates as a clearinghouse, a "one-stop shop" for all recreation and parks information, to better promote what's being provided in the region.
- Sharing indirect costs and administrative expenses. None of the municipalities has an adequate population to financially support a full-time recreation commission by themselves. By pooling funds together, municipalities save money and avoid duplication of services.