Parks and Recreation

Nestled into the vast, rural landscape of Western Pennsylvania, Butler County is home to many beautiful parks. From large state parks to nature preserves to recreational amusement parks with rides and games, the county's parks have created many memories and enhanced quality of life for its residents.

Alameda Park

When you think of amusement parks near Western Pennsylvania, places like Kennywood, Idlewild, or Conneaut may come to mind. In the early twentieth century, Butler boasted its own escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just a five-cent,…

Preston Park

Just off of South Eberhart Road in Butler Township is an eighty-eight acre English garden, unchanged since 1959: Preston Park. The park was originally created, cultivated, and finally given to Butler by Frank and Jane Preston, a couple who left…

The Big Butler Fair

As the fourth of July approaches every summer the people of Butler anxiously await the nine days of fun that surround the Butler Fair. It’s a place where the family-oriented lifestyle of the country blends together with the dazzling lights of city…

Stoughton's Beach

Tucked away in the forest along the banks of Slippery Rock Creek was once a magical park called Stoughton’s Beach. The sounds of laughter resonated above the joyful melodies of the carousel while the buttery aroma of freshly-popped popcorn wafted…

Robert A. Macoskey Center

Dr. Robert Macoskey was a philosophy professor at Slippery Rock University. And today, he is remembered by the Robert A. Macoskey Center. This is a state of the art eco-home and grounds devoted to making a healthier tomorrow. Robert A. Macoskey came…

The Succop Nature Park

When we think about the history of conservation, we tend to think about the 1970s, which was the decade of the birth of modern environmental movements. However, conservation efforts are rooted in the late 1800s, early 1900s. An exceptional example…

Armco Park

Many Butler County natives are familiar with Armco Park, yet the park’s history is often unknown to those who enjoy it. The park has undergone a huge transformation since its opening, and therefore is a fitting representation of the development of…