Proud home of our nation’s Flag Day holiday, our community — Collier Township — was founded in June of 1875. In our second century, the Township of Collier prides itself in being one of the region’s best communities to live, work and raise a family. Located six miles southwest of Pittsburgh, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Collier is readily accessible, having its own exit from Interstate 79. Close proximity to the City of Pittsburgh enhances Collier Township’s quality of life. Residents take advantage of the cultural, business and higher education opportunities of a larger city, while also enjoying Collier’s excellent public safety, many convenient shopping districts, well-maintained recreational facilities, and top-notch schools.
Our community covers a land area of 14.2 square miles and has a population of 7,817 residents. Collier Township is a community that has practiced good planning and open government. Through its dedicated public officials and well-trained staff Collier is a community that is solvent and rich with community spirit and history.
A full-service community that ensures that all possible physical comforts of our residents, business owners and visitors are met through the many superior public services offered at the Township level. These include trash collection, recycling, and general maintenance of our infrastructure including roads, community green areas, and facilities.
Collier is serviced by three all-volunteer fire companies that practice the motto of “neighbors helping neighbors.” The Presto, Rennerdale and Kirwan Heights Fire Departments are each strategically located in separate areas of the Township and provide vigilant fire, rescue and emergency medical services. Collier Township Police Department is a traditional municipal police agency. All officers are state certified and commissioned, many serve various specialty roles within the Department including heavy-truck inspectors and school resource officers. The CTPD practices community-oriented policing and strives to be there first when you need us most.
Collier Township has four neighborhood parks, a main Township Park, a Community Center, the Panhandle Trail System, communal green areas, and even parts of the regional Allegheny County Settlers Cabin Park. In addition to many recreational programs and services offered by our full-time Parks and Recreation Department, Collier Township has the facilities and amenities to keep our citizenry active and healthy.
Our recently opened, newly constructed, 38,356 square foot Collier Community Center includes an Olympic grade gymnasium, a lounge, community room, party room, kitchen, dance & activity rooms, a kid’s zone, a 3,530 square foot elevated walking track, lecture rooms, and an outdoor patio. There are also a number of new developments and improvements slated within Collier’s Park System including the construction of a Dog Park, additional nature and biking trails and other recreational programs.
As part of the Chartiers Valley School District, our many residential neighborhoods offer distinct living styles, tied together by community spirit and charm. Each neighborhood is in close proximity to shopping centers, employment opportunities and recreational amenities.
Some recent accolades Collier has received include the recent honor of the 2015 Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence, the 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence – both are recognition for our efforts to reduce our community’s carbon footprint with innovative energy-producing solar panels on the roof of our Public Works Facility. Our community’s financial management has been recognized with an improved bond rating of AA+, our community has been named an Allegheny County Banner Community in 2015 and a recent designee as a Live Well Allegheny Community.
With a kind, hard-working and generous citizenry, Collier Township has been able to provide quality public services and low taxes. It offers many unique housing opportunities, and promotes the ability to grow and develop while keeping our rural/suburban charm. Through these efforts, our hometown — Collier Township — has flourished into one of the region’s best communities to live, work and raise a family. Come visit us soon!