Township eNews

December 14, 2018

Last Call for Donations!


Many of you have donated clothing, toys, and food over the last couple weeks – and we thank you! In just a few days, we're wrapping up the collection so we can make sure these items get to the recipients in time. If you'd still like to donate to a local family, make sure you drop off your items soon!


Toys for Our Township Program: Toys will be collected until 9:00AM on December 17

Share the Warmth Drive: Clothing will be collected until 9:00AM on December 21


Donations can be dropped off in the boxes in the upper level lobby.



UMAHS Lady Vikings Fundraiser for the Upper Merion Community Cupboard

Saturday, December 15 | 1:00 to 3:00PM

Let the Lady Vikings help get you ready for the holiday by wrapping your gifts for you. They will accept cash or food donations that will support the Upper Merion Community Cupboard. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Foster.


Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, December 16 | 8:00AM to 12:00PM

Swedesburg Social Hall

Come out and meet Santa himself! Watch him arrive on the Swedesburg fire trucks and spread cheer to all. Enjoy a home cooked breakfast filled with your favorite delights. Call for questions or pricing: 610-272-9853.


Caroling at the Carillon

Sunday, December 16 | 7:00PM

Washington Memorial Chapel, Route 23 in Valley Forge Park

Sing your favorite carols accompanied by Doug Gefvert playing the 58-bell carillon. This outdoor event takes place in front of the carillon tower, so dress warmly!  For more information, call (610) 265-5211 or (610) 783-0120, or visit


Santa Claus is Coming to Town


Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company

Saturday, December 22 | Starts at 12:00PM

Santa will once again be pulled on his sleigh around the Swedesburg and King of Prussia areas. Come out and sit with Santa on his sleigh and meet his favorite firefighter helpers. Visit SVFC's Facebook page for more information.


Swedeland Volunteer Fire Company

Saturday, December 22 | Starts at 2:00PM

SVFC’s annual Santa Run will take place around Swedeland, Gulph Mills, Hughes Park, and more. Visit their Facebook page for more information.


King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company

Monday, December 24 | Starts at 8:30AM

KPVFC is bringing Santa to the King of Prussia community on Christmas Eve! Check KPVFC's Facebook Page for current updates and more information.


Board of Community Assistance Grant Program

Non-profit organizations and Upper Merion students are encouraged to apply for one of many possible grants that are awarded through the BCA each year. The award applications will be accepted now through April 1, 2019. Learn more.


Get to Know Montco

What makes Montgomery County, PA a great place to live, work, and play? Our local businesses! From large corporations with a national draw to our mom-and-pop hidden gems, Montco is flush with over 27,000 businesses. Visit Get to Know Montco's website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see spotlights of the local businesses that make our county so great!

Meeting Schedule



December 17


Economic and Community Development Committee


Board Room



December 18


Environmental Advisory Council *CANCELLED*
Upper Merion Sanitary & Stormwater Authority
Board Room
Farmers Market Advisory Board
Administration Conference Room
Community Center Advisory Board
Community Center Conference Room



December 19


Zoning Hearing Board


Freedom Hall


December 20

No Meetings Scheduled



December 21


No Meetings Scheduled

Farmers Market

Indoor Winter Market

175 West Valley Forge Road
Every Other Saturday

December to Mid-May



Next Market: Saturday, December 15


There are big changes this year! The market is now held inside the township building in the upper level atrium. We'll also be open for an extra hour.


Interested in volunteering for the market? Contact Vince at 484-636-3910 or email


Resident Services

U.S. Small Business Administration Loans Available For Flood Victims

Did the August 10-15, 2018 storms cause damage to your home or business? Montgomery County homeowners, renters, and businesses are now eligible to apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, read the full press release.



Bad Bugs!

If you haven't heard of the Emerald Ash Borer or Spotted Lanternfly by now, you must be living under a rock. Both insects have made Upper Merion their homes, and homeowners and property owners need to be aware of what to do if you spot them on your property. Learn more:

Environmental Advisory Council: Tip of the Week

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans throw away a million extra tons of garbage each week, including holiday wrapping and packaging. We also use more electricity on holiday lights than some countries use in an entire year. Here are 12 great ways we can have a more eco-friendly holiday!

Community Center

431 West Valley Forge Road

King of Prussia, PA 19040




There's always something fun happening at the Community Center! Try a fitness class, learn a new craft, or pick up a sport during Open Gym.


Parks & Recreation

Discount Ski Tickets

UMPR sells discount tickets to various ski resorts, including Bear Creek, Big Boulder/Jack Frost, and Blue Mountain! Stop by the UM Community Center Front Desk to purchase tickets. See a full listing of tickets online.

Community Center Adjusted Hours

Please note: We have modified hours and group exercise schedule for the holidays.


Monday, December 24  |  Center hours: 5:00AM to 3:00PM

Strength: 6:00 to 6:30AM

Tabata + Abs: 9:30 to 10:15AM

Total Body: 12:00 to 12:30PM 


Tuesday, December 25  |  Center: Closed


Monday, December 31  |  Center: 5:00AM to 5:00PM

Circut Training: 6:00 to 6:30AM

Strength: 9:30 to 10:15AM

Bootcamp: 12:00 to 12:30PM 


Tuesday, January 1  |  Center: Closed




De-Stress Series: Zentangles Art Class for Adults

Monday, December 17 | 7:00 to 8:15PM

Valley Forge Room

In this introductory course, you'll learn this easy meditative activity of creating beautiful art with structured patterns. Materials will be provided. Learn more.

44th Annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest

Kids in kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to submit entries by Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Fun prizes will be awarded at each grade level. For more information, visit our website.


Public Safety

The Upper Merion Township Public Safety Department is a singular, unified department that encompasses the divisions of police, fire, ambulance, and emergency management services, overseen by Director Tom Nolan, who is also the current Chief of Police.



Upper Merion Police

View the crime statistics archive.


Fire & Rescue

Have No Fear - Volunteer!

The Upper Merion Township Fire & Rescue Services is seeking volunteers. Interested in joining? Contact William Daywalt, Deputy Fire Marshal, at 610-205-8554 or find out more on our website.


Upper Merion Senior Service Center

Located at the Community Center
431 West Valley Forge Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Friday Flicks: The Catcher Was a Spy

Friday, December 21 | 11:15AM

Join us for a free movie screening of this 2018 American biographical spy film based on book of the same name by Nicholas Dawidoff. If you'd like pizza, please pre-pay $3.00 by December 20.

Time to Renew Your Membership for 2019

Don't forget, next year's memberships are now being accepted. Membership is only $20 for the year. Learn more on the UMSSC website.


Roadway Restrictions & Alerts

Township Building Curb and Walkway Project

The upper level of the township building's rear parking lot is currently under construction as we repair and replace some curbs and walkways. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience!

Abrams Road Over Abrams Run

Construction of the bridge carrying Abrams Road over Abrams Run has begun. Motorists will continue to be directed to use Beidler Road until construction is complete.

PECO Project on Evergreen Rd between Hillside Rd and Orchard Rd

Please be informed of the following information provided by PECO Gas Operations regarding the project on Evergreen Rd between Hillside Rd and Orchard Rd. Work may occur in roadways, sidewalks, and potentially on homeowner properties. Learn more | 610-265-2600

For questions, comments, or submissions, contact

175 West Valley Forge Road • King of Prussia, PA 19406-1802