Lower Merion Township was first settled in 1682 by Welsh Quakers who were granted a tract of land by William Penn. In 1713, Lower Merion was established as an independent Township with about 52 landholders and tenants. In 1900, the Township was incorporated as a Township of the First Class.
The Township is committed to preserving the beauty and character of Lower Merion's natural and man-made resources. Lower Merion boasts a comprehensive array of playgrounds, swimming pools, picnic areas, and nature parks on over 25 facilities which encompass more than 665 acres. Playgrounds are equipped with facilities for tennis, baseball, softball, soccer and basketball. The Township also offers supervised recreation programs during the summer and winter months
Lower Merion is community characterized by a deep sense of civic pride and involvement. Over 18 business and civic associations provide an opportunity for residents to participate in their community. In addition, the Township maintains a "Community Resources Leadership Bank" of citizens interested in serving on one of the many appointed Township Boards or Commissions.