History

Silver Spring Township organized the Recreation Advisory Council (RAC) as a five-member group in the 1970's. During the early 1980's vacancies within the Council were not filled and RAC was disbanded. With the growing demand for recreation programs and facilities, the Board of Supervisors reinstated RAC in 1988. RAC is now a seven-member group appointed by the Board of Supervisors. 

In 1966, the Board of Supervisors hired the very first paid professional as the Recreation Program Coordinator. The duties establishing recreational activities to meet the needs of the residents and to act as a liaison to Township staff and the RAC. Now, 52 years later, the Parks & Recreation Department employs a Parks & Recreation Manager , Recreation Program Coordinator, a part-time Recreation Assistant, Summer Camp Director, Assistant Camp Director, Camp Counselors, and a Junior Counselor. On occasion, the Department offers a 10-14 week internship in the summer to help with special events, research, outdoor programs, and summer camp. Various contract instructors provide recreation programs to the community.

The department currently has no indoor facilities but works cooperatively with the Cumberland Valley School District and the Silver Spring Community Fire Company to hold programs in their facilities. The Township has an agreement with the Silver Spring Community Fire Company to use the social hall two days a week; every Monday and Wednesday. The Township does not have priority in scheduling school district facilities, therefore, it can be challenging to expand the recreation programs being offered.  

Picture taken at Potteiger Park, New Kingstown, PA

PTP Park Playground.