Buhl Community Recreation Center History
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Frank H. Buhl had a vision. This great industrialist realized the need for a quality recreational facility for the people of Sharon, PA and its surrounding communities.
The Buhl Community Recreation Center celebrated it’s 113rd birthday on September 19, 2016. On September 19, 1903 Frank Buhl and his wife, Julia Forker Buhl, delivered the deed of F. H. Buhl Club to its directors and officers. Mr. Buhl told of his experiences as a young man in Sharon 34 years prior, when he first arrived in town. He realized there was no place to go to spend an evening and very few places that could keep a young man from “falling into devious ways”.
When the doors opened in 1903, the F. H. Buhl Club became known as an important part of the social recreational and cultural life of the town. The club continued to flourish, and in 1906, it was known as “the finest equipped club of its kind in the world”. Today the Buhl Community Recreation Center has nearly 1,800 members.
The mission of the Buhl Community Recreation Center is “To provide quality recreational, social wellness and educational programs for all people of all ages in our communities.” Every week,over 60 organized classes and activities are offered, ranging from youth sports, youth fitness, student athlete fitness and strength training, adult deluxe fitness, aquatic fitness, adult personal fitness training, and such enhancement programs as student tutoring, musical instrument lessons, voice lessons, needle point and aquatic programs to include swimming lessons.
The mission of the Buhl Community Recreation Center is to continue the dream of Frank Buhl in perpetuity. That mission continues to be fulfilled over a century later.