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Exit Colonial Park: Go east on U.S. Route 22, Jonestown Road, past the Colonial Park Mall on the left. At the forth signalized intersection, turn left onto Devonshire Road. Proceed 1/4 mile and turn right onto Commons Drive. The Friendship Center is straight ahead.
Exit Paxtonia: Exit ramp to N Mountain Road and proceed to U.S. Route 22, Jonestown Road. Turn right (W) onto U.S. Route 22 and go 1.5 miles to the intersection of Devonshire Road. Turn right onto Devonshire Road. Proceed 1/4 mile and turn right onto Commons Drive. The Friendship Center is straight ahead.
Exit Paxtonia: Turn left off exit ramp to N Mountain Road and proceed to U.S. Route 22, Jonestown Road. Turn right (W) onto U.S. Route 22 and go 1.5 miles to the intersection of Devonshire Road. Turn right onto Devonshire Road. Proceed 1/4 mile and turn right onto Commons Drive. The Friendship Center is straight ahead.
The Friendship Center is open to everyone - non-residents and residents of Lower Paxton Township. We offer a variety of options to suit your lifestyle and budget. Additionally, anyone can become a member.
You may pay for your membership using cash, personal check (with photo ID), Visa, or Master Card.
We also offer an Annual Membership Payment Plan, which is directly debited from your bank account. The payment plan, also known as an Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), is only available for the purchase or renewal of annual memberships. The monthly fee is automatically deducted from your personal checking or savings account. Our monthly memberships (3, 6, and 9) must be paid in full and in advance.
Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 16 years old or older to use the Friendship Center facilities. Children, eight years of age and under shall be accompanied by a parent or guardian 16 years old or older at all times unless the child is in a supervised recreation program, or is under the supervision of the babysitters in the babysitting room.
We offer a variety of programs for all ages and interests. Members of the Friendship Center receive discounted rates on most programs. Choose from:
The Program Guide is a comprehensive source of information for all activities offered at the Friendship Center and in the park system. It is published quarterly for winter, spring, summer, and fall, and is mailed to Lower Paxton Township residents and members of the Friendship Center. It contains all of the programs offered along with the dates and fees. If you do not receive a copy of the Program Guide, pick one up at the Friendship Center or ask to be placed on our mailing list so that you don’t miss out on your favorite activities. There are activities and programs for every age group, regardless of ability level.
Due to COVID-19, we’ve had to adapt. The Program Guide will not be printed for the remainder of 2020. Instead, at this time, virtual classes will be offered. A one page guide is available.
Visit our website frequently to view programs, new services, weather-related closings and cancellations, details about upcoming special events, and much more! Our current situation has prompted us to offer Virtual Sessions and you will find this information here (Program Guide).
Full refunds will be gladly issued if the Parks and Recreation Office is notified before the first day of any multi-session program.
A prorated refund will be issued for any requests after the first class date from the date the office is notified. Refunds for one-day activities and all bus/van trips are not possible during or after the event. Full bus trip refunds are given if substitute(s) can be found at any time before the trip date. If substitutes cannot be found, refunds can only be given up to four weeks before the trip date. Refunds take about 3 weeks to process and are mailed to the original payer.
All programs take place assuming minimum numbers are met. If registration does not meet the stated minimum, we will cancel the program within 24 hours before it begins. In this case, participants receive a full refund. The Friendship Center and the Parks and Recreation Department reserve the right to cancel activities.
We will be happy to notify you if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included. If not, no news is good news.
There are 3 ways to register...
Complete the registration form below and mail with payment to:Lower Paxton Parks and Recreation5000 Commons DriveHarrisburg PA 17112
Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want confirmation of your registration. Note: Mail-in registrations are not processed until 5 pm on the specified day of registration unless participant phones in on the day registration begins to activate registration earlier.
Call 717-657-5635 with your credit card (Visa or Master Card) registration, during operating hours.
Registrations accepted at the Friendship Center.
Give the gift of health for birthdays, holidays or special occasions! Gift certificates are available in dollar amounts and may be used towards:
Yes! Call the Friendship Center at 717-657-5635 for our current rates and specials.
Tickets are sold at the Parks and Recreation Department at the Friendship Center between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday only. Cash, Visa and Master Card are the only form of payment accepted. During the summer months select from amusement parks and other destinations. Over the winter, discount ski tickets to area resorts are available for purchase.