How can I reach other Recreation Program providers?
Click here for the list of additional recreation program providers.
How do I get a permit to use a Picnic Area or a Ball Field?
To get a permit for Picnic Areas and Ball Fields, Lower Merion residents must complete an Application for Use of Township Property (PDF). Please See Fee Schedule for appropriate fee. Payment must be received with the application to reserve the date, time and location.
What Parks allow dogs?
Dogs on leashes are allowed in the following parks provided the owner or person in charge of dog immediately cleans up and properly disposes of all feces: Ashbridge Memorial Park, Austin Memorial Park, Black Rock Road Site, Cynwyd Heritage Trail, Cynwyd Station Park, Eco Valley Nature Park, Henry Lane Park, Kenealy Nature Park, Linwood Park, Merion Botanical Park, Merion Square Road Site, Mill Creek Valley Park, Pencoyd Park, Righters Mill Road Site, Rolling Hill Park, West Mill Creek Park, Williamson Road Site, General Wayne Park (in designated wooded area behind embankment), Sharpe Park & Bird Sanctuary and Shortridge Park (in area bounded by paved walk at Parkview Drive and East Wynnewood Road from stream bank to woods) and Penn Wynne Park (wooded area between tennis courts and Lankenau Hospital property).
Can I barbecue in Township Parks?
Yes, you may bring your own Grill to the park, but all charcoal must be full extinguished and disposed of properly.
How do I become a member of the Belmont Hills or the Ardmore Avenue Pool?
The Lower Merion Aquatic Club operates an indoor pool at Lower Merion High School. For more information, please contact the pool at 610-645-1889 or www.lowermerionaquaticclub.com
What is offered at the Bala Gym?
The Bala Gym is located on Bala Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. The facility can be used for basketball, volleyball or children's parties. No food is permitted in the facility. To get a permit, Lower Merion Residents must complete an Application for Use of Township Property(PDF). Please See Fee Schedule for appropriate fee.
What facilities are available for Birthday Parties?
The Belmont Hills Community Center is available to Lower Merion Township residents for birthday parties and bridal/baby showers. For pricing information, please refer to our Current Fee Schedule. No alcohol is permitted.
How can someone adopt a park or make a contribution to beautify a park?
The Park Friends Program provides residents, organizations, schools and businesses with a variety of ways to help protect and enhance the parks and to educate people about the importance of parks and open spaces. Call the Recreation Office for information about the program or visit the Park Friends Program page.
Where can I get program information?
Program information can be obtained through our seasonally Program Brochure or by calling the Parks & Recreation Department at 610-645-6220.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, money order and checks payable to Treasurer, Township of Lower Merion.
What are the park hours?
Sunrise to sunset (except where posted).
Are dogs allowed off-leash in any parks?
Lower Merion Township and Narberth Borough residents may purchase off-leash permits to exercise their dogs off-leash in designated areas of Rolling Hill Park in Gladwyne and West Mill Creek Park in Penn Valley. Go to the Off-Leash Dog Program page for more information or contact the Parks & Recreation Department office at 610-645-6220.
Are there any lighted tennis or basketball courts?
Are there any public boat launches in the Township?
Yes, at Flat Rock Park in Gladwyne. A permit is required to launch motorized boats, including personal watercraft (PWC) from the park’s boat launch. Go to the Flat Rock Park Boating Facilities page for more information or contact the Parks & Recreation Department office at 610-645-6220.
Are alcoholic beverages allowed in Township parks?
Are there restrooms available in parks?
Yes, restrooms are open from May through mid November at Ashbridge Memorial Park, Bala Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, Flat Rock, General Wayne, Gladwyne, McMoran, Penn Wynne, Richie Ashburn Field, South Ardmore, Vernon V. Young and Wynnewood Valley Parks.