The Chester Parks and Recreation Department strives to be a leader in Chester County by offering high quality recreational, cultural and leisure opportunities that will promote positive development and growth for all Chester citizens and visitors alike.

It is our mission to provide open space facilities that will meet the needs of parks and recreation, preserve our natural resources, and protect the historical integrity of our community for generations to come.

The Parks and Recreation Activity Center is located at 161 West End Street and the staff can be reached at 803-581-7429.



Parks & Recreation Staff

Director                     Chris White       

Asst. Director             Shelley Watts    

Team Sports &            Neek Emerson  
Operations Manager

The Chester Parks & Recreation Department provides recreational and special activities for the City of Chester, including managing wellness and fitness programs.  We are busy throughout the year maintaining 8 parks, a football field, 3 softball fields, 7 tennis courts, a nature trail, a fitness trail, and a competition sized swimming pool. The Parks and Recreation Department also offers various leisure and educational programs.

Brooklyn Park – Ashford Street behind the Brooklyn Center

Chester Sports Complex Sports Complex (Old Fairgrounds and Joe Collins Stadium) – Brendale and Stadium Drives

Finley Park– Cemetery Street

Frank Connor Park– Spring and Lancaster Streets

George B. Guy Park– Cushman Drive in Frazier Park

Hughes Bagwell Park– Bird and West Lacey Streets

Jackson James Park – Roland and Mill Street

Jones Adair Park – Odom Street

Wylie Park Complex – West End Street

City PoolWest End Street

Coming SoonBeaver Park– Coogler Street

To reserve any of the above spaces for exclusive use, please use the following Rental Agreement. Please note, some events may require completion of a Special Event Form and the requirements that come along with it. 

Current Programs

The City of Chester Parks & Recreation Department provides recreational and special activities for the City of Chester, including managing wellness and fitness programs.  We also offer various leisure and educational programs. Some our programs include:

Actively Aging Senior Programs

Bingo is offered the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 10:30 – 12noon at the Activity Building the cost is $5.00 for 3 cards and a bingo session is 15 games.  Once a month is bring your own prize Bingo prize instead of paying the $5.00. 

 Senior exercise and dance is every Tuesday from 9:15-10:00 at the Parks & Recreation Department. The class is informal but will keep seniors active and provides time for a lot of socializing.  

Lunch and Learn

Lunch and Learn is also the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Businesses or organizations come and talk about services that are available or of interest to the community. Participants bring their own lunch and/or refreshments are provided.

Born Learning Trail

The Born Learning Trail is a trail located across from the activity center that is geared toward children six years and under. Stations are set up for children to enjoy with a parent or caregiver. Tuesday for Tots is a literacy inactive that provides reading and activities for children on Tuesdays from 10-11:00 am at the Born Learning Trail; Tuesday’s for Tots is in partnership with Chester’s local United Way.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp is a 9 week camp offered by the City that provides enriching recreational activities on and off site to youth ages 5-12yrs. of age. Youth also enjoy the use of the city’s facilities and get to meet City officials and employees. Times of camp are 8am-1:30pm.  SUMMER CAMP SLIDESHOW 2017

Rec League Football

Rec League Football is divided into 2 divisions.
SMALL FRY          Ages 8-10
MITE                  Ages 11-12
The season starts in August.  Teams will play an 8 game schedule with a playoff and championship game for both divisions.

 **2016 CCYFL**



Weight Room

Our Weight Room is located in the activity center on West End Street
Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Monthly Fee: $10.00




Old Fairgrounds (Joe Collins Stadium) illustration: tentative design