Commissioners OK Creating Regional Parks Non-Profit

Members of the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners (at top) as they met Tuesday night

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A proposal by the Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Committee to create a parallel non-profit organization that could raise funds to help improve facilities and services provided for its seven member municipalities was authorized Tuesday (July 5, 2022) by the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners.

In addition to Lower Pottsgrove, the committee also represents Upper and West Pottsgrove, East and North Coventry, and Douglass townships, and the borough of Pottstown.

With the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation, the Schuylkill River Greenway National Heritage Area, and a full-time Regional Parks Planner, the committee said it is committed to improving the region’s parks, recreational opportunities, and open spaces.

To further its goals and increase public participation, the committee has for years welcomed volunteer and internship assistance. It’s also occasionally received donations to benefit construction of a facility; sponsor a recreation program, community event, or festival; purchase a park bench, or plant a new tree or garden.

Currently, however, those contributions are “not tax-refundable,” its website said. Creating a non-profit organization could provide donors with tax benefits they sometime seek.

It also “would allow the committee to solicit funding,” and “open up its scope of work” to involve donors of larger amounts in projects that enhance its municipal members’ recreational programs and offerings, Bill Keohane explained to commissioners during their board meeting.

Keohane serves as the township’s representative to the regional committee, as well as a member of its Financial Sustainability Subcommittee. “This would be a good move for us,” and by extension for participating municipalities, Keohane noted.

Commissioners agreed, and backed the request with a unanimous vote.

The regional committee’s next meeting is scheduled for July 27 (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. at Pottstown Borough Hall, 100 E. High St. Meetings are free to attend and open to the public.

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