Department of Parks & Recreation

Elease Elam, Administrative Assistant - 610-447-7728

Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Williams

Director, Department of Parks & Recreation

The City of Chester Parks & Recreation Department seeks to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Chester by offering a wide range of recreational opportunities and programs.

Along with coordinating and providing a wide variety of healthy, wholesome activities, the Parks & Recreation Department works to maintain and improve the beauty of Chester’s parks while planning the best presentation and future use of the City’s open space. A variety of recreational opportunities and organized sports programs provide a way to improve fitness, competitive and social skills. In addition, a variety of passive and active forms of recreation are made possible by Chester’s extensive parks system.


The Chester Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of programs, including golf and tennis lessons, soccer, basketball and football leagues, including the Kevin Jones/John Mobley Football Camp. Providing programs for all ages, the department also hosts adult basketball and softball leagues, and activities such as aerobics boot camp workouts, bingo and line dancing. The Recreation Department also hosts events specifically geared for young people in Chester, including the Father/Son and Mother/Daughter dances, Girl Scouts Clubs, the annual Soap Box Derby, the All Pro Dad’s Breakfast, and many more.

The Department’s Summer Food Service Program has more than 20 sites throughout the City of Chester where children can enjoy USDA approved wholesome and nutritious meals, arts and crafts, games and other activities at no charge. The program takes place July through August, Monday-Friday in various locations, including Chester Park, Memorial Park, and playgrounds around the City.



Department of Parks, Public Property & Recreation

Please be advised, any and all events taking place inside a Chester City Public Park, requires a Park Permit.  An application for a Park Permit may be obtained on site at

Chester City Hall
1 East Fourth Street
Chester, PA

between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM beginning February 18, 2013, or by following this link to the forms section.

Any and all events proceeding without a permit inside a Chester City Public Park may result in the event being terminated by the city on the day of the event.

Pool Fees

Children 12 - 17$5.00
Adults 18+$10.00
Family of 5
(2 Adults + 3 Kids)

Daycare / Group Rates Available

Parks & Recreation Events

Permit Fees

Standard Park Permit Fee:

  • $50.00 for 4 hours (Chester Park and Memorial Park Only)
    • $10.00 each additional hour
  • $100.00 non-residents for 4 hours
    • $20 each additional hour for non-residents

Standard Park Permit Fee:

  • $15.00 all other parks 4 hours
    • $5.00 each additional hour
  • $30.00 non-residents for 4 hours
    • $10.00 each additional hour for non-residents

Wedding / Reception Fee:

  • $100.00 any park (standard fees also apply)

Athletic Field Permit Fee:

  • $300.00 for 4 hours for 3 month period
  • Monday through Friday:
    • $75.00 each additional hour
    • $100.00 additional for Saturday and Sunday in 3 month period for 4 hours
  • Saturday and Sunday permitted in 4 hour intervals only (no hourly pricing on weekends)

Additional Fees:

  • Stage:  $100.00
  • Podium, Microphone and Generator:  $30.00