Parks & Recreation


Gary L. Pinkerton, Director
Butler County Parks and Recreation

184 Alameda Park Road
Butler, PA 16001
Alameda Park: 724-284-5383
Alameda Pool: 724-284-5384 (June - August)





The Butler County Parks and Recreation Department operates year-round, bringing the residents of Butler County quality, affordable recreational opportunities. The Parks and Recreation Department regularly submits press releases to all of the local media. Our programs are advertised on the radio and in the print medias. Many of the programs that are offered by the Butler County Parks and Recreation Department have minimum and maximum participant requirements, and registration deadlines. If you are interested in attending a program or class, be sure to register early.


The Butler County Parks and Recreation Department has a no-refund policy for all programs and rentals. This also applies to Alameda Waterpark admissions and aquatic programs. The Butler County Parks and Recreation Department may be offering additional programs that were not available at the time of printing. Please call the Butler County Parks and Recreation Department for programs that have been added after this website was updated.


By registering or participating in any Butler County Parks and Recreation Department activities you agree to allow publication of any photo or video taken at any program, event or facility. The County of Butler, without obligation to provide compensation to those photographed, may use such photographs. Photos and video taken at activities may be used for publication as the Butler County Parks and Recreation Department and its sponsors deem necessary. If you have an idea for a program, would like us to expand on our current programs, or have any questions or comments, please let us know.


We can be reached at (724) 284-5383, or you may write us at:


Butler County Parks and Recreation Department

184 Alameda Park Road, Butler, PA 16001

or e-mail us at


We appreciate your comments.


Butler County Parks and Recreation Policies

  1. Alameda Pool and The Kid's Zone Playground areas are tobacco-free areas. No tobacco products may be used within 20 feet of entrances. This also includes the use of E-cigarettes. 

  2. The Butler County Parks and Recreation Department has a no-refund policy in effect for all programs and for Alameda Pool.

  3. Most Classes are limited in size. Registration will be on a first come-first serve basis.

  4. Payment is expected at the time of registration. Cash, money orders, or personal checks. Please make checks payable to "County of Butler".

  5. Please check the programs for which you are registered. No confirmation notices will be sent.

  6. The Butler County Parks and Recreation Department is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of handicap status in the provision of programs.

  7. The Butler County Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to cancel programs due to insufficient registration. Unless notified, classes will begin as scheduled.

  8. The Butler County Parks and Recreation Department welcomes people of all abilities. Please note that a 48-hour notice is requested for any person with a disability who needs special accommodations to participate in a program.

  9. Alameda Pool may be closed for reasons of poor weather or attendance, safety factors, or special events. Please see our pool rules and regulations for a complete listing of policies and guidelines.

The Butler County Parks and Recreation Department operates year-round, bringing the residents of Butler County quality, affordable recreational opportunities. Please contact the Butler County Parks Department to find out more about any of the programs listed in this publication, or to offer any suggestions on programs that you would like to have offered.


Our Mission

The mission of the Butler County Parks and Recreation Department is to provide safe, clean, and beautiful facilities, parks and open spaces, along with professionally managed leisure activities for all people. Services shall be provided to enrich the quality of life for local citizens and to provide economic value through facilities which create tourism and encourage long-term community stability and growth. 

In order to facilitate this goal, the Parks and Recreation Department for the County of Butler continually offers new and exciting activities. In order to see what new and exciting events are currently happening with the Butler County Parks and Recreation Department simply Click Here.


Coming Events



Note: A new ordinance of the County of Butler repealing ordinances No. 20 and 20-A and providing for rules and regulations governing the use of the Butler County Park System can be viewed here.

(To read the ordinance requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader).




Check out our recent activity on our Facebook Page 



20th Annual Bocce Tournament

Saturday, September 9th

This annual tournament is sponsored by the Butler County Bocce Association and the Butler County Parks and Recreation Department and features Bocce teams from all over Butler County competing in a double elimination tournament to crown the Best of Butler. Any and all Bocce Teams are welcome to compete. For more information and team registration, please contact Tom Sherman at 724-283-6353.



Dog Paddle Pool Pawty at Alameda Waterpark           

Sunday, September 10th

1:00pm - 4:30pm

$10.00 per canine

Butler County Parks and Recreation teamed up with Butler County Humane Society to help donate back to our furry friends, 50% of the proceeds will go to Butler County Humane Society. Butler County Humane Society will be judging our longest jump contest. 

The Butler County Parks and Recreation Department is offering this very special program to all dog lovers. We are opening the pool for a canine only swim!

Lifeguards will be on duty, the play stations will be on, and our four-legged friends can enjoy a leisurely dip in Alameda Waterpark. Please note the slides and diving boards are off limits. 

Please remember to bring a copy of your pet’s license and a copy of their current vaccination records in order to gain entry to the waterpark.



Safe Sitter Babysitting Courses for 2017

Interested in Babysitting but need to learn more about safety and emergencies? This class is designed for ages 11-16. The class emphasis is on five main areas: prevention, safety, responsibility, leadership, and professionalism.
Class locations are in Adams Township, Butler Township, Karns City Borough, and Slippery Rock Park Borough.
Pre-registration is required due to class size limits.

The cost is $49.00 per participant and includes book, safe sitter back pack, band aid holder, notepad and flashlight! Class size is limited so please register early.

Saturday October 14th 9am-3pm

Slippery Rock Park Building 

Saturday October 28th 9am-3pm

Karns City Borough Building 

Saturday November 4th 9am-3pm

Alameda Park Building 

Please use the registration form by clicking here. 




Alameda Septemberfest

Sunday September 24th 



The 20th Annual Septemberfest is back and admission is still FREE! Fees for vendors, car cruisers, anglers, and 5k participants can be found at the Butler County Parks and Recreation Office, if not listed below. 

Our Award Winning Youth Fishing Derby returns (yes, we have live fish in Alameda Waterpark), along with games, face-painting, children activities, music, prizes, and the Annual Alameda Septemberfest Car Cruise.

We will have food vendors, crafters, and vendors of all types with us during the Septemberfest. 

The Craft and Vendor Show will be from 10:00am until 4:00pm.

If you are interested in reserving a space as a vendor or crafter, cost will be $45.00 for a 12’x12’ Non Electric Space and $55.00 for Electric Space.

Please pre-register with the Butler County Parks and Recreation Office for a Vendor/Craft/Food space by Friday, September 9th. Call the Butler County Parks and Recreation Office at 724-284-5383 for more information or click here for our vendor application. Food vendors must call ahead to see if we still have availability. 

Car Cruise

Join our Septemberfest and bring your car for our Car Cruise. Half craft vendor show and half car cruise. This year you can enter your car to be on our Septemberfest t-shirts next year in 2017! Drop in and submit your name, the winner will be drawn at 3:00pm the day of the event on September 24, 2017. If you pre-register at $12.00 you will receive a t-shirt during the event. Pre-registration is due by September 8th, 2017. Join us the day of the event at no charge, however you will not receive food voucher or t-shirt. T-shirts will be available by purchase at the registration tent. The first 100 cars will receive a dash plaque for the Annual Alameda Septemberfest.

5K Lions Club Toot and Scoot

The Lions Club is teaming up with Butler County Parks and Recreation for their annual 5K walk/run! This year at the Septemberfest participate in this benefit run then enjoy an awards ceremony, raffle prizes, and chili! Proceeds benefit the Butler Lions Club charities that include the Blind Association of Butler/Armstrong County and Butler Meals on Wheels.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not mandatory. The race starts 9:00am sharp on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Pre-registration can be sent by mail, or you may register on the day of the race starting at 7:30am at the Carousel Shelter. For entry fees, registration information, course, and more go to or contact Jennifer at (724) 287-4059. We hope to run into you at the Septemberfest!

Youth Fishing Derby

Fishing starts Sunday September 24th  for children ages 15 years and younger.

The Award Winning 20th Annual Alameda Youth Fishing Derby.

We have one age group for fishing for prizes.

The cost is $9.00/angler. Please bring your own tackle, fishing pole, and bait. We will provide the fish!

Please note: All anglers pre-registered can check in at the Alameda Waterpark.

Those needing to register must check in at the Septemberfest Registration Tent prior to coming over to the Alameda Waterpark area.

Please use the registration form by clicking here. 



Night Disc Golf 

Saturday September 30th at 9:30pm

Join us in the park after hours for a disc golf competition. Registration will be at 9:00pm and the event will start at 9:30pm. Chris Lachendro from the the Professional Disc Golf Association will be helping to run these events at Alameda Park and we are so pleased to have him. This will be a Night Round on a temp course. The temp course will be setup next to the Purple park. Check-in from 8:45pm-9:15pm,we will have a short players meeting and then tee off at 9:30pm. This event is open to all skill levels and all money will be collected at the event.
There are two options to pay for: 
25$ 2x Niteize night disc golf discs (1 putter and 1 driver)
10$ Bring your own discs. (This is a night round make sure they light up or glow)

There will be a few divisions. With Prizes for top finishers.
Contact Ashley at for any additional questions.

Please use the registration form by clicking here. 



Community Trunk Sale 

Saturday October 7th (Register early by September 22nd)

Masonic Shelter 8:00 am–1:00 pm

Would you like to have a garage sale, but just don’t have the time or energy? Sell your treasures at Alameda Park out of the trunk of your car!

The fee is only $5.00 per space, or $8.00 for two spaces.

Admission for shoppers is FREE!

After the Register early date, up to the date of the event. The price per space will be $7.00 for one space or $10.00 for two. 

 The Trunk Sale will go on…Rain/Shine/Snow/Cold!

Please use the registration form by clicking here. 



Painting in the Park 

Join Butler County Parks & Recreation as we bring back a fan favorite of Painting in the Park! Don't know how to paint? Don't worry about that, our instructor Sandra will be with you every step of the way as we break it down to make a masterpiece something anyone can paint. Ages 12 years of age or older permitted. Must have 8 painters registered for this class to run. Please contact the Park Department for more information. 724-284-5383. Painting is located at the Park Department unless otherwise noted. 

Please use the registration form by clicking here. 


Wednesday October 11th


$25.00 per canvas













Tuesday November 14th


$25.00 per canvas













Wednesday December 6th 


Mommy and I class for ages 7 years of age and older. 

$15.00 for smaller Child canvas

$25.00 for larger Adult canvas
















Monster Mile Family Walk at Alameda Park

Saturday, October 21st 

11:00am-1:00pm starting at the Masonic Shelter

Halloween at Alameda Park invites you and your family dress in their favorite cosutme and walk through our Alameda Park. Starting at the Masonic Shelter and walking back towards the Odd Fellow Loop. We will have 4 different stations to stop at for your child to receive a pumpkin, craft, face painting, time on the inflateable and some candy stops on the way.Wagons and strollers are encouraged. 

There is a pre-registration fee is only $2.00 per child ages 3-10 years old until October 6th. After October 6th the fee goes up to $3.00 per child ages 3-10 years old. Children 2 and under still need to be registered. 

Save by registering early! Pre-registration is preferred.

Please use the registration form by clicking here. 


Amusement Park Discounts

2017 Amusement Park Ticket Discounts

Discounts Prices Range from $4.00 to $25.00 off

prices at gate!

We offer 25 discounts to different amusement parks and attractions.  These tickets are at a special reduced rate and well below the gate price. Discount tickets can be obtained for the following parks and attractions:

To see our prices click here

Adventure Aquarium

Adventure Island, Aquatica

Baltimore Aquarium

Busch Gardens/Water Country USA

Camelbeach at Camelback Ski Area

Cedar Point

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park

Dorney Park

Dutch Wonderland

Hershey Park



Knoebels Amusement Park

Morey’s Piers

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Philadelphia Zoo

PPG Pittsburgh Zoo

Ride The Ducks

Roundtop Mt. Adventures


Sea World

Sesame Place

Six Flags America (MD)

Six Flags Great Adventure (NJ)

Sno Cove

Splash Zone Water Park (Wildwood NJ)

Waldameer Park


*All tickets are available. The blue color is our more popular choices.

These offerings are subject to change so please call the Butler County Parks and Recreation Department before you buy your tickets. We will save you money!