Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA)

A Special-Purpose Governmental Unit

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Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA)

Mission Statement

"To grow our community with wholesome, safe, and sustainable parks and recreation programs."

The Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority has been established to organize year round programs and services to help sustain better health and wellness.


  • More citizens will benefit from a coordinated community parks and recreation delivery system.
  • That a mechanism to adequately maintain community park facilities and recreation programs adds value over time.
  • That mobilizing resources will prevent the duplication of services and ultimately save money.
  • That overall health can be improved (reducing obesity and preventing chronic conditions that lead to coronary disease, high blood pressure and diabetes) -- simply by providing more opportunities for leisure pursuits.  

On August 15, 2013, GARA was chartered under the PA Municipal Authority Act. In partnership with the Borough of Gettysburg and Cumberland Township, GARA is an independent government organization that operates recreation programs and maintains park services in Adams County.

In order to provide the community with the most cost effective services, GARA has been set-up as a seperate entity - "free from control by local government." In this way, GARA pledges to enrich the quality of community life by:

  • Coordinating organizational efficiency/effectiveness
  • Designing "out of the box" recreational programs, and
  • Delivering "world-class" community park services.

Staff Contacts
NameTitlePhone #Email Contact
Jackie DwyerExecutive Director(717)
Steve WilliamsParks Specialist(717)
Lisa FendelanderService Specialist(717) 334-2028

Ed HildebrandMaintenance Specialist(717)
Chris WehryMaintenance/Programs(717)


Staff Contacts

Members of the Board

NameTitleAddressPhone #In Office Until


110 Chambersburg Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 253-0007



913 Fairfield Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 870-5788 (c)
717) 334-3421 (h)


Member of the Board

437 Queen Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 321-4412



110 Windbriar Lane
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 253-1478


Member of the Board

322 Gettys Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 334-8198


Member of the Board

284 Victor Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 688-9163 (c)
717) 334-5267 (h)


Member of the Board

255 Twin Lakes Drive
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 334-0564