BVRA Rules & Policies

ADA Compliance

The Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The Recreation Authority will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities who meet essential eligibility requirements for the desired program. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact BVRA regarding special accommodations needed for enjoyment of programs

“Resident” Status for Purposes of Fees For Activities & Events

The Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority, under the auspices of local municipalities, is authorized to serve our community with varied and affordable recreation, activities, classes, and events. As an authority of these municipalities we are subject to standard reporting practices regarding our members’ residency status in regards to allocation of municipal resources. This information is also key to us understanding who our community is and how we can better serve you.

If you reside in East Buffalo Township or Lewisburg Borough, you qualify as a “resident” and receive the discounted price on our rate scale. If you reside elsewhere you are very much needed to support our Authority and your residency information will enable us to report to areas who don’t at present support us in the hope that they will be willing to provide funding to us in the future. Additional municipal funding will enable us to give our resident discount to more of our community.

Code of Conduct & Participant Guidelines

Equal Access & Non-Discrimination Policy

The Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, status as a veteran, or any classification protected by local, state, or federal law.


Participants are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior at all times. The following guidelines have been developed to make BVRA programs safe and enjoyable for all participants. Additional rules may be developed for particular programs and athletic leagues as deemed necessary by staff. Participants shall:

  • Show respect to all participants and staff
  • Refrain from using foul language
  • Refrain from causing bodily harm to other participants or staff
  • Show respect for equipment, supplies and facilities.

A positive approach will be used at all times by BVRA staff. The Recreation Authority reserves the right to dismiss a participant from any program. Each situation will be evaluated on its own merit.

Inclement Weather

In the event of winter and/or inclement weather, BVRA programs, activities, and events will cancelled, postponed, and/or dismissed early in accordance with the Lewisburg Area School District school closings, delays, and early dismissals due to winter and inclement weather.

Cancellation, Refund, & Prorating Policy

*** The COVID-19 Returns Policy is currently in place and supersedes the regular policy outlined below until BVRA is able to return to pre-Covid regular programming and facilities rentals.

Please email to obtain a copy of the COVID-19 Returns Policy


BVRA Regular Operations Returns Policy

  • Participants will receive a full refund when the program is cancelled due to lack of participants, facilities or qualified instruction. COVID-19 Courtesy Credits do not count towards this part of the refund policy. (see below)
  • No refunds will be given once the program has started.  
  • During the COVID-19 Recovery, all COVID-19 Courtesy Credits issued to accounts on March 16, 2020 will remain on account for six months following the full reopening of the gymnastics programs.  Notices of the beginning and ending of that six month period will be announced via the website, Facebook pages, and emails so that everyone has ample time to have full access to using the COVID-19 Courtesy Credits on account.
  • Any person who registers for an activity and who requests a refund 7 days or more before its start, may receive a refund minus a service charge.
  • All refunds due to customer cancellation are subject to a $10 service charge, even if the refund remains as a household credit. No refunds are given for programs costing less than $10.
  • Refunds for medical reasons must be accompanied by a physician’s note and shall be considered on a case by case basis. In instances where a refund will be issued the refund total shall take into account any days of activity already attended.
  • Any Transaction/Convenience Fees for all online registrations are not refundable.
  • There will be no prorating of partial sessions, partial classes, or partial activities. Materials, facility rental, insurance costs, and instructor fees can not be prorated at hourly or per day rates, therefore all participants must pay for the activity/class in full regardless of ability to attend all hours of the activity/class.
  • Any qualified refund (medical reasons) may be retained as a household credit; however, the account guardian can call the BVRA Office to obtain a refund via credit card or check.
  • The issuance of a qualified refund (medical reasons) check will take 14-30 working days and will be mailed to the participant.

Questions about BVRA refund or prorating policies can be directed to Executive Director, Shirley Nelson Brough via email at

Photography & Video Policy

The Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority staff takes photos and video of participants enrolled in our programs, classes or special events. These photos and video footage may be used in our publications or video productions. If you do not wish to have your photos taken, please tell our photographers.

Waiver Required

For insurance purposes, participants in some BVRA programs will be required to sign a waiver. By registering to participate in these recreation programs, each participant realizes the inherent risks involved in the program and understands the nature of these risks. The applicant holds the Recreation Authority harmless for any damage caused by the participation in these programs. The Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority provides no medical insurance for participants.