Parks Contact Info

Michelle Barbaro
Parks Crew Chief

house 525 Pavement Road
 Lancaster, NY 14086

phone 716-684-3320
fax 716-685-3497
email Email



Online Registrations for Recreation Programs & Reservations 

Lancaster Recreation is on Facebook!

2017 Summer Brochure

2018 Picnic Reservations

pdf Picnic Reservation Press Release (16 KB)

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pdf 2018 Press Release Hiring (45 KB)

pdf Summer Application 2018 NEW Employees (129 KB)


Town of Lancaster Parks & Recreation Department is looking for experienced umpires to work our softball leagues for the summer of 2018.  Umpires must be available to work Wednesday nights from mid May - August.  For more information call the Recreation office at 684.3320. 


Recreation Commission Members:

James Everett
Daniel Rinow
David Suttell
George Besch
Kevin Kelleher
Robert Farmer 

Recreation Commission Meeting Schedule

pdf 2018 Meeting Dates Rec Commission (63 KB)


Welcome to the Town of Lancaster Parks & Recreation Department. We appreciate the time you have taken to learn more about our department and the programs that we offer. Our commitment to recreation drives us to offer a variety of programs and classes for toddlers, children, adults, children and adults with special needs as well as senior citizens. We hold several special events throughout the year including Santa at Westwood, Beat the Winter Blues, and the Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebration. Whether you are an active Heritage Trail and park user, enrolled in our classes and programs, or just out for a walk in the park, you will find Lancaster is a great place to be. Thank you for making Recreation & Parks part of your lifestyle. 

Online registration for Recreation Programs and Reservations for Parks Facilities can be completed via the following link: Online Recreation Registration



pdf 2018 Press Release Hiring (45 KB)

pdf Summer Application 2018 NEW Employees (129 KB)



Office Hours:

Fall/ Winter/Spring hours for the Parks and Recreation Office are in effect from August 2017 through April 2018.

Office hours are:

Monday through Friday – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Lancaster Recreation & Senior Photo ID Cards:

Recreation or Senior Photo ID cards are required for pool use and many activities (see program listings).

There is no cost for the card, which may be obtained at the Recreation office –

525 Pavement Road Lancaster NY 14086   phone: 716.684.3320.

ID’s are issued daily until 30 mins prior to closing.

Two items showing proof of residency must be provided to obtain a card (driver license, current utility or tax bill, Board of Elections card, etc.). Expired ID cards cannot be used as proof. Children need a birth certificate or report card and their parents ID. If you have their names on your insurance card, that would work as well.

Cards are valid for two years.

Senior Citizen cards are valid for life.


Parks Summer 2017 Playground Information

Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

*School site playgrounds 8 AM – 3 PM

Monday, June 26 - Friday, August 18, 2017

Playgrounds are open to Lancaster residents of all ages (children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.)

Most playgrounds are staffed by two recreation leaders.

Arts & crafts are offered daily from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM at a charge of 50¢ per craft.


*Como Park Elementary School - 1985 Como Park Blvd.

(*Hillview Elementary School - Closed Summer 2017*)

Keysa Town Park - Brady & Vandenberg

Meadow Lea Park - Broezel Ave. & Ronald Dr.

Twin District Fire Co. - 4999 William St.

Trips and activities offered at playgrounds:

  • 2017 Field Trips – Sky Zone, Quaker Splash, Regal $1.00 Movie Day, Lasertron, Buffalo Museum of Science, Eternal Flame, Niagara Climbing Center, Buffalo City Hall and Canalside, Darien Lake, End of Summer Party. (Permission slips and nominal fee for field trips are required.)
  • Tournaments & Activities– Tie Dye Day, Bring-A-Pet, Spirit Week, Bring-A-Buddy, Bumper Balls, 4 Square,  Scavenger Hunt, Chalk Wars, volleyball, soccer, Hot Shots basketball, Water Day, Dodgeball, Survivor, Kickball, Capture the Cones, Minute to Win-It, chess/checkers, horseshoes, obstacle course, punt, pass and kick, frisbee golf, hole-in-one, home run derby.


Swimming Pool Information:

Pools will be open June 24 - August 19, 2017

In case of inclement weather, air temperatures below 65 degrees, or scheduled activities, the pool will close at the discretion of the pool supervisor.

Our pools are handicap accessible Pools are open to all Town and Village of Lancaster residents. Patrons MUST have a valid Parks & Recreation Photo ID card to use pool facilities and to participate in aquatic activities. Non resident guests will be charged a $1.00 (per person) facility fee per visit. Patrons must be at least 10 years old to swim without adult supervision.

NOTE: Absolutely no street clothes or shoes permitted in the pool area! You MUST have a bathing suit on to enter the pool area, even if you do not plan on swimming. All further pool rules are posted at each pool and enforced for patrons safety. All pools are closed July 4th

Swimming Pools

pdf Pool Rules Handout 2017 (13 KB)

Keysa Town Pool - located on the corner of Brady & Vandenberg

Phone: 716.288.7211

Open swim hours:

Monday - Friday - 1:15 PM - 8 PM  (*Pool may close temporally for short lifeguard breaks.)

Saturday & Sunday 12:00 PM - 8 PM (*Closed 5PM – 6PM for lifeguard break)

POOL CLOSED 4th of July

Keysa Wading Pool - located on the corner of Brady & Vandenberg

Open swim hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM - 7:45 PM

Saturday & Sunday 9 AM - 7:45 PM (*Closed 5PM - 6PM for lifeguard break)

POOL CLOSED 4th of July

Meadow Lea Wading Pool - located near the corner of Broezel & Ronald

Open swim hours: Monday - Friday 10 AM - 7:45 PM

Saturday & Sunday 12:00 PM - 7:45 PM (*Closed 5PM - 6PM for lifeguard break)

POOL CLOSED 4th of July

SPLASH PAD - located on Richmond Ave near Como Elementary School.

Hours: 9 AM – Sunset

7 days a week


Keysa Park Pool Brady & Vandenburg

Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Saturday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM. 

Monday, June 26 - Saturday, August 19, 2017.

Get a great start to your day by getting up early and coming out for a swim! This program is open to all men and women ages 16 and up. Recreation or Senior Photo ID card required. Register online today!!!!


Keysa Park Pool Brady and Vandenberg

Friday - 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Saturday - 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM.   

Friday June 30 - Saturday August 19, 2017.

This program is open to all Senior Citizens in the Town of Lancaster 60 years and older. Water exercise is the best for those who suffer from arthritis or joint problems and an excellent way to beat the summer heat! Senior Photo ID card required. Register online today!


Keysa Park Pool Brady and Vandenberg

Friday - 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Saturday - 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM.  

Friday June 30 - Saturday August 19, 2017.

Exercise and let loose in a stress free environment. Whether you want to get in shape or just release tension, come see the new, innovated way to work out! Open to women and men ages 16 and up. Hand weights available for use. Recreation or Senior photo ID card required. Register online today!!

 Activity Links:

Heritage Trail:  The Heritage Trail has re-opened today 12/20/17

The Heritage Trail is open year round for your outdoor activities with the exception of the trail being closed during fall hunting season for your safety.

The Heritage Trail is a scenic 4 mile long bike trail stretching from Walter Winter Drive to Town Line Road. The Heritage Trail is perfect for biking, walking and inline skating as well as cross country skiing during the winter months.

Parking and Trail Access

Trail-goers may access the Heritage Trail via Erie Street to Walter Winter Drive or by following Commerce Drive through the Village of Lancaster Industrial Park. The other entrance is off Town Line Road, between Walden Avenue and Westwood Road. Public parking lots are located at both entrances.


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Picnic Reservations:

  • Picnic shelter reservations are accepted starting in early February and continues throughout the summer. Shelter reservations are available to town residents only. Reservations are taken by phone only at 684-3320. Fees range from $25-$100.
  • Shelters are located at Keysa, Westwood, Meadow Lea, and Walden Pond Parks and can accommodate 20-75 people.
  • Year-round reservations are also taken for the indoor building at Westwood Park which can accommodate approximately 150 people.
  • The fee is $100.


Nature Tip of the Month

Caution should also be taken when trimming the lawn with a weed-whacker. The inner bark of the tree may be damaged when hit with a weed-whacker and could eventually kill the tree.


2018 Picnic Reservation Information

The Town of Lancaster Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department will begin accepting picnic reservations for the 2018 picnic season on Monday, February 5 at 8:00am.  Reservations are restricted to Town of Lancaster residents only and are by phone only for the Pavilion which is available from April 2018-March 2019.  You must have a credit card to book the Pavilion and the outdoor shelters. There is a limit of one reservation per person. Visit our online registration site link below to book all outdoor shelters. Create your account today before the picnic reservations begin to save you time and make registration faster!!! NO WALK IN RESERVATIONS!!!! The picnic shelters are located at Keysa Town Park, Meadow Lea Park, Walden Pond Park and Westwood Park. For more information, please call the Recreation office at 684-3320.

Click Here to Register Online!