|Welcome to OAK HALL REGIONAL PARK
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68-acres in College and Harris Townships
OAK HALL REGIONAL PARK OPENED ON Sat., May 2, 2015.
20 Oct 2014 photo courtesy of Mr. Michael Houtz
A photo of Oak Hall Softball Field #OH3 and Mount Nittany, 30 Oct 2013
by Doug Wenger, CRPR Construction Manager.
The park opened in 2 May 2015.
OAK HALL REGIONAL PARK (68-acres)
Bidding (Phase 1) = Completed Feb 2013
- Phase 1 Park Construction Started = April 2013
- Construction of Buildings = Fall 2013 & Spring 2014
- Ballfield Sportsturf “Grow Time” = Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
- Dedication & Park Opening = May 2, 2015
Upon completion of all phases of construction, Oak Hall Regional Park will
provide the following amenities:
- 4 “All-Age” softball fields (1 lighted)
- Perimeter Trail (outside trail = 0.97 miles)
- Playground area
- Picnic pavilions
- Restroom Building with Concession Room
- Parks Maintenance Building
- Tournament Headquarters / Pressbox Building
- Off-Leash Dog Park Areas
- Sledding Hill
- Open Meadows
Oak Hall Regional Park benefits from PA "TreeVitalize"Program
During 2014, a $25,000 grant from the PA DCNR TreeVitalize Program enabled the planting of 98 additional shade trees while the park was under construction. In total, 213 shade trees were planted at the park in 2014. The required $25,000 in local matching funds for the TreeVitalize program were then provided by the CRPR Authority. The trees were planted by Scott's Landscaping Inc., who submitted the lowest responsible bid for the TreeVitalize plantings.
The tracts for the regional park at Oak Hall
were purchased from Penn State University by COG in July 2005.
• In total, the 68-acre parkland acquisition cost $461,627. While the lands were officially appraised at $11,016 per acre; the purchase price was $6,569 per acre.
• The PA DCNR grant provided $300,000 of that amount (using Federal Land & Water Conservation Funds)
• College Township provided $156,627.
• Harris Township provided $5,000.
During 2008 & 2009 a Master Site Plan has been
prepared for the site, funded by COG and another PA DCNR grant (Grant Amount of $38,000 announced in 2006). Seven firms submitted proposals to prepare a Master Site Plan. The committee selected four firms for additional consideration and 20 Mar 2008, the COG Parks Capital Committee and the CRPR Board held 1 hour interviews with each of the 4 firms. On 24 Mar 2008 the COG General Forum unanimously approved the recommendation from the Ad Hoc Regional Park Committee that the firm of Pashek Associates be retained at a not-to-exceed price of $66,000 - and that selection was then approved by PA DCNR.
DCNR Grant Projects: Acquisition #LWCF42-01521; Planning #BRC-TAG-12-228
The Centre Region COG engaged the firm of Pashek Associates to develop the Oak
Hall Master Site plan. The master planning process involved a number
of public hearings, meetings with community recreation groups, interviews and public surveys -
and that input was to provide the basis for the facilities to be developed at both regional parks. Overall, the
two regional parks were designed to serve the needs of the region far into the future and to
compliment each other, rather than duplicate existing park facilities across the Centre Region.
Regional Park Planning started in August 2008; the original Master Site Plan was approved in October 2009 and then amended in 2011.
NOTE: The Master Site Planning Process (2008-2009) for this park included some important work on the basis
of the Whitehall Road Parkland Plan.
Click HERE to view the results of:
- the Resident Questionnaire (paper version) from September,
- the two Fall 2008 (22 & 23 Oct 08) park planning forums,
- the Resident eSurvey from October (web-based)
Residents Helped Plan The Regional Parks...
Approximately 80 residents attended the Community Meeting for the presentation of the draft Master Site Plan for the regional parklands (68 acres) at Oak Hall on February 10, 2009, at the College Twp. Municipal Building.
• The Meeting Agenda
• The 42-slide Meeting Presentation (will open in a new browser window)
• The Meeting Summary.
Funding assistance for this cooperative project is provided by the Borough of State College, the Townships of College, Ferguson, Harris & Patton, and a matching grant from PA DCNR Bureau of Recreation & Conservation.
To view the full, amended plan shown above, click on the image
(or click here)
to view the plan in detail (JPEG image, 1.4 MB).
A PDF version (5 MB) of the same plan is available HERE
The Initial Master Site Plan was presented to the COG General Forum on Tuesday, 28 May 09 by Mr. Jim Pashek. The May PowerPoint presentation (18 slides) is available HERE in HTML format. The show will open in a new browser window. At that time, the 5 participating municipalities voted to consider and provide comments individually. After those comments were incorporated, PA DCNR approved the plan, then the COG General Forum officially approved the plan on 26 Oct 09. The iniital Master Site Plan was then AMENDED in 2011 to better complement regional softball opportunities in conjuction with the Hess Field Complex.
The Master Plan reflects the project goals:
1) Accommodate a program of active recreation.
2) Provide a program of complementary recreation activities.
3) Respect the opportunities and limitations of the site.
4) Respect the adjacent community.
5) Create a beautiful and dignified park space that will improve over the years, find acceptance in the community, and become a valued asset to the region.
The final plan provides for four adult softball fields, playground and pavilion area, perimeter walking trail, off-leash dog park, open meadow areas, sledding area and parking.
|2009 STATE GRANT APPLICATION: In April 2009, the COG applied to PA DCNR for a grant to assist with the Phase 1 development of Oak Hall Regional Parklands. The $185,000 request was intended to provide 30% of the project cost. In January 2010, the COG was advised that the grant application was not selected due to the number of other applications they received; PA DCNR was able to fund 143 (23%) of the 624 applications received. While all funding requests totaled $101 million, the PA DCNR was able to fund $19 million in other projects across the commonwealth.
related to the proposed amendment
to the OH Master Site Plan to add a 4th softball field to the
approved plan and the Phase 1 construction (24 Feb 2011)
MARCH 2011: As a result of the Master Plan discussions for the Hess Softball Complex, the COG General Forum approved an amended Master Plan that added a fourth all-age softball field to this site. The amended plan was presented at the Jan. 2011 Community Meeting and approved by the General Forum in March. More....
AUGUST 2011: The Oak Hall Regional Parklands were acquired from Penn State University in 2005. The master planning process involved a number of public hearings, meetings with community recreation groups, interviews and public surveys - and that input provided the basis for the facilities to be developed at the regional parks. While the original Master Site Plan was approved in 2009, the plan was amended in March 2011 to better complement the facilities at the Hess Softball Field Complex (acquired in 2010).
The proposed Phase 1 development plan for Oak Hall Regional Park includes:
• 4 “All-Age” softball fields.
• Restrooms with flush toilets, concessions stand, 2-story press box and umpire space.
• Perimeter trail and those interior walkways serving the Phase 1 facilities.
• Entrance improvements and parking for 2/3 of total cars to accommodate four softball fields.
• All grading (to accommodate all future facilities), erosion control and stormwater management for the entire park.
COMMUNITY MEETING HELD on 9 Nov 2011 for Phase 1 Construction Planning.
JANUARY 2013: Rebids for the Phase 1 construction project were opened on 7 Jan 2013 and were considered by the COG Parks Capital Committee and the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority at a Joint Meeting on 10 Jan 2013. Following a review of the bid details, the Committee unanimously recommended that the Authority proceed with the recommended bid awards on 17 Jan 2013 - and as outlined on these documents:
In line with budget and contracts for this project, the goal of the Rec. Authority is to build a park that will:
- Maximize the park features installed during Phase 1 to provide outstanding experiences to all users,
- Provide the infrastructure to generate donations and appropriate sponsorships for future improvements,
- Enter the project with an amount equal to 5% of the Construction Contract Totals.
Phase 1 Facilities (now in-service):
- Grading for all park facilities (Phase 1 and future)
- 4 All-Age Softball Fields (with a solar-powered, LED scoreboard on the primary field)
- Parking areas (crushed stone) w/ 6 LED lighting fixtures + 3 LED driveway fixtures for security and activity lighting. a
- Park Water System
- Fencing/backstops (black) for the 4 fields w/ safety netting
- 8 bleacher sets (2 per field), benches, trash/recycling containers, drinking fountain
- Full-perimeter walking trail
- All plantings required by the Municipal Land Development Plan
- Restroom Building (with septic field) & Concession Room
- Parks Maintenance Building (1,200 sf, 30' x 40', 2-bay)
- Additional trees & site furnishings (benches, interpretive signs and upgrades) by separate contract or force-account. Donations will be solicited.
- Scoreboards on the other 3 fields will be sought from sponsors.
- Full-depth base line fences on three of the softball fields
- Sportfield Lighting (planned for future installation on Field #OH1 only)
- Pressbox / Umpire Building (2-story)
- Picnic pavilions
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