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Question 13 – Additional comments:

    • Love the parks I have visited!  Excited about new ones and the possibility of new facilities.  I am pleased how well the parks are cared for!
    • The children are bored with the pools because other towns have more interesting pools.  The cost of pool use is too high for a single income family to use often.  The parks and rec. classes and facilities are too expensive for a single income family income like ours.  It’s very disappointing that we can’t enjoy all of the parks and rec. facilities.
    • A sledding area would be fun.  Would appreciate more parks with walking trails, flowers, etc.  More soccer fields are needed.
    • Prefer not to increase taxes to cover costs.  Fundraising? Donations? Grants?
    • I envision contemporary parks as an important place for community gathering – that’s why I rate community gardens and pavilions high.  Of course community gardens also offer the opportunity to grow our own food which will increase in popularity due to fuel/food costs and eco interests!
    • More parks like Marshcreek and Tudek parks
    • The present facilities are fine.  At 81 I will not have much use for more!
    • Too much on tax burden.
    • Whitehall Road #1 priority, much larger population density than Oak Hall area.
    • We feel park facilities are a very important form of recreation.  We are happy to hear of the two new, upcoming parks.
    • Great idea and needed!
    • What a wonderful idea.  With interest in health, fitness, family and friends togetherness we are pleased to see such an effort.
    • Keep up the great work!
    • Good luck!
    • Are there maps of the walking trails in each park?  Including mileage?  That would be helpful.
    • First class equipment, facilities.  Start small and plan ahead for expansion.  Excellent toilet facilities.
    • With the recreational facilities already within 10 miles of SC, I don’t see justifying two more parks in terms of benefit : cost.
    • I think our parks are beautiful, plentiful and functional.  Praise to COG.
    • We are a retired couple living in a retirement community and are only able to use their facilities which meet our requirements.
    • Senior groups should not have to pay for a pavilion to have a picnic.
    • Where is the money coming from?  Who’s paying for all of this?  Taxes or grants or wealthy donations?   Who/How/When?
    • We have outgrown many of the items on your list and we have no children or grandchildren near us.  Park planning needs to include seniors “boomers” which is a large segment (and growing) of the population.  Also, park planning needs to keep taxes low for seniors “boomers” on fixed income.
    • With tremendous, rapid growth in the area (and more to come judging by the number of banks building here), you need to plan for large areas that will accommodate increasing numbers for these two sites and start thinking about more sites right away!
    • Please don’t buy saplings and then leave them, unplanted to die in the plastic root bag they came in.  That has happened two years in a row at the park near my home in Patton Twp.  If you’re going to plant trees, plant them.
    • This sounds like a great way to reach out and give back to the community.
    • The parks are not safe.  There is drug selling in the parks 24-7.  Also if you are alone walking your dog or with friends, you are not safe because the police are never around.
    • No more sports fields, this place is organized sports crazy.
    • Make parks into vital, active community centers with multiple uses.  I wouldn’t mind a place where you could buy bread, eggs, milk on the way home.
    • No parks, they make taxes too high.  People should stay at home.  Parks only cost money on the town, they do not make money.  You could have a gate at the park and charge people to enter then give the money to make lower taxes.  I think a good price to use the parks would be $100 to enter area, charge $100 to park.
    • Please make the park accessible by bike paths so middle school age children can get there without a ride from mom and dad and so that all of us can enjoy more bike paths.
    • Don’t waste money on outdoor lighting.
    • Resurface tennis courts at Spring Creek.
    • Unfortunately since we do not use the parks we are not a good choice to answer this questionnaire.
    • We would really like a bike trail linking Sunday Dr area (Ferguson Twp.) to Blue Course trail or Whitehall trail.
    • Will plans/maps for facilities in the park space be posted at crpr.org as the parks are developed?
    • Thank You!
    • Parks are nice but what is determining how much acreage is suitable for how many people/working/children, etc.  Who will decide the value, how many appraisers, etc.?
    • It is grossly unfair and terribly wasteful for a handful of citizens to force their vision of the community upon the entire population.  The existing parks are adequate and currently under-utilized.  Why build more?
    • Being seniors precludes our participation in many activities.
    • A portion of the park should have a place to buy a stone or plank of fence with family name on it that are purchased by donations.  Pool not needed, really need to have fountains that shoot up water at different times and heights and kids can run through (benches around to watch).
    • Art sculpture – community groups contribute art installation pieces for a short period or long term.  Shifting art pieces from time to time attract people to come back. (metal art, mosaic, fountains)
    • Our park should be multipurpose so it brings all age levels together and families.  We have all this land, let’s conserve it and make it even more beautiful and useful.  I’d also like to see the football field (HS) turned into a park, close Allen Street to the Central park moved post office and build multi-purpose facility with restaurant overlooking park.  It would bring people (families) downtown.  Bring the merry-go-round to the field.  This is a real missed opportunity for community building.
    • We think it’s great to have parks in the area and when we were healthier and younger we used the parks on a regular basis.  Keep up the good work.
    • I hope that COG is not paying too much for consulting when there is an abundance of professional recreation educators in the region.
    • I think that these parks are a wonderful idea/plan.  We had to see some areas geared toward teens to help keep them off the streets or hanging at malls.  More teen friendly activities would be great for our youth.
    • I would really like to see a swimming pool in Harris Twp. nearby like Oak Hall site and an amphitheater, sledding area near my home.
    • (Confidently) We’ve spent many hours weeding around the 27 trees.  A wheel barrow of leaf mulch was put around all the trees 2-6 times after weeding to keep down the weeds and keep the roots and wire around the wire pails and cut them when possible.
    • As a parent of young children, safety is our biggest concern.  Playground equipment needs to be fun, but with proper cushioning underneath.  Thank you for taking the time to get our opinions!
    • I’m not aware of a respectable camping/RV facility in close proximity to State College.
    • We also appreciate the bathrooms!
    • Bicycle paths/lanes are badly needed.  Some in place unsafe.
    • I would like to see neighborhood parks be more friendly to pets, provide doggie bags so owners would clean up after pets and still enjoy our parks with them.
    • Glad to see other areas being considered for development.  Oak Hall location close to MNMS which can utilize for school activities i.e. PFMS utilized Circleville Park for PRIDE days for grades 6,7,8 for first week of school activity/mixer.
    • I’m a volunteer as needed (237-7134).
    • We need more parks with lighted areas for evenings in the fall.
    • Plan against vandalism/crime, consider on-going upkeep cost.
    • We need a small lake in the area for recreation.  Water attracts people.
    • Thank you for allowing input and thank you for your great work and dedication to provide for us with such a wonderful community.  When you think about pavilions, perhaps consider one with “card table” size tables instead of just picnic to encourage group gatherings for organized games, cards, etc.
    • Skateboarding at Whitehall, in-line trails at Oak Hall.
    • Thank you for sending a survey to gain our opinions.
    • A trail to Oak Hall Park from the Hill neighborhood would be great.  Attractive and diverse materials should be used.  It would be sad to see uninterrupted sheets of blacktop.  Appealing signage, high use of green technologies.
    • Please spend our tax money wisely!
    • As landlords of three properties in Harris Twp, the Oak Hall site would be inviting to perspective tenants.
    • Additional parks needed for youth events and sports.
    • I am probably not the most typical household and therefore not a good representation to be asking.  I rarely use park facilities.  Most of my spare time activities involve my dogs – training, showing, exercising.  If parks don’t provide accommodations and are not conveniently located, I don’t use them.
    • More parks on the west side please.
    • Please do something about the trailer park on Atherton Street (the richest township – Patton).  Patton Twp can afford to build new apartments for the people.
    • I think the townships already do a great job on the existing parks and I am sure that we will set a precedent for others.
    • Interconnected parks/trails system would be another asset to the quality of life centre region.
    • Think and plan wisely for the long term with the new parks.
    • If there were organized teams to play tennis, volleyball on certain nights (open nights are good too) I’d be delighted!
    • Our answer the #8 should be a top priority (connecting park with bike trails, variety of activities)
    • Fountains, shade, comfortable seating area conducive to reading and relaxation.  Safety must come first.
    • I’d like to see the parks accessible by bike paths.  Each park should have a bench or two.
    • An effort should be made to keep the skate boards all in one area and off of the bike path/walking trails.  The side of each path should be wide enough to walk or run.  Sometimes, walkers must jump out of the way.
    • I am very eager for the development of the Oak Hall Park.  I think it will bring tremendous opportunity for family and community activity.  Good luck with bringing this park to its fullest potential!
    • Highlight what is unique about the Oak Hall site.  Do not remove any trees.
    • Some of the paths have bug problems and I don’t use them.  For example, the central parklet by the post office.
    • Thank you for developing two more parks.  We are eagerly looking forward to it.
    • I think this is a great idea.  Our kids are still quite young but as they get older and more involved with team sports, etc. I’m sure we’ll be taking advantage of the new parks.  We are fortunate to be close by 3 playgrounds so we don’t use the parks and rec. areas much now.  Thank you for taking our wishes into consideration.  The survey is a great idea.
    • I see young boys (mostly) looking for places to “jump” their trail bikes.  They currently built their own dirt mound “course” along Spring Creek at Spring Creek park.  Trail bikes are a healthy, harmless activity if the kids aren’t digging up areas that aren’t meant for that activity.  So I suggest some park space be designated for trail bike “jumping”, similar to skateboard activities.
    • The Houserville, Circleville Road and Tudek park areas are terrific!
    • Great possibilities with the size of land!
    • Bathrooms, ramps – no steps
    • Would especially like to see dog park area at the Whitehall Road site.
    • Swimming pool for the South end of the region.  I use the military museum grounds daily, could the region provide additional facilities there?  More restrooms are needed at outlying parks.
    • Great idea as long as our taxes in Harris Twp don’t go up!
    • Daytime summer recreation program at the parks.
    • Thank you for what you’ve provided us and for asking us about the future use of areas!
    • I think we have wonderful parks in the area.  I sue them quite often in the summer time, walking my dogs and picnics.
    • We also frequent Circleville park.  What a great park!  Now it needs facilities other than a porta potty.
    • I am happy to see more park space being developed but one think I would really like to see is extension of bike trails throughout our region.  Whitehall road is a popular biking route but the bike lane is narrow.  An appropriate bike path toward Tadpole road would make biking more accessible by residents in the housing divisions out there as well as increase safety for biking enthusiasts who like to take Whitehall to the country roads in that park of Ferguson Twp.  It would connect into Fairbrook park.  In fact, it would be great to connect all of the regions parks with bike trails.  I would love to also be able to horseback ride on such trails and would be happy to “scoop my horse’s poop” along the way.
    • My children are all grown with households of their own.
    • I am oppose to Penn State’s acquisition of Rockview prison land.  Center county should get part of this to make a park through Spring Creek Canyon which should include canoe and kayak facilities.  The rest of the land should go to PER.
    • I baby-sit 4 grandchildren (school age) in the summer and go to Spring Creek park one day each week.  We did go daily but the instances of dogs not on leash and in the water has gotten so bad that I am afraid the kids will get hurt!
    • Need to connect all regional parks with other local parks so that we can easily walk, bike to and from and in-between all of them on safe, continuous paths.  Also, bike paths should be regulation width so that a line can be painted down it designating part is walking and part is for bikes.
    • The swimming pools in the area are too crowded and we would like to see nicer gym facilities!  YMCA can get too crowded as well.
    • Consideration of the Whitehall road site for a RC airfield is important to me.  With the recent popularity of small park-flyer aircraft powered by electric motors, the hobby is growing.
    • If we were to have our dream wish it would be for a 3 court, lighted and covered bocce area.
    • I hope the Whitehall road site gets four traffic lanes and multiple signals to enter and exit.  It could use a rear exit also.  Add a traffic signal now.
    • Patton Twp does an excellent job with it’s parks.
    • I was reluctant to answer this because we are unable to use park facilities.  However we would if we could.  Parks are important in our ever increasing population!
    • I like a park like Spring Creek.
    • The Oak Hall site would be wonderful.  I hope you really plan for a pool.  I know it would be used by many families in this area.  Also, I hope and pray this will not take many years to complete.  I hate to hear we will have a place in 10 years, we needed one a long time ago.
    • I would like a nice quiet place in a natural setting to eat a lunch with family or friends.
    • Other than courts at PSU, the number of available community tennis courts seems very low.  Harris Twp. has no courts other than the two severely damaged courts at the old Boalsburg elementary school site.
    • In-line hockey
    • Thank you for sending this questionnaire!
    • The Centre County/State College area has done a great job with bike trails that avoid busy roadways.  Continuing and expanding that system would be great!  Keep up the good work.
    • I really am excited about the prospect of the new park space.
    • Good for the community.  Not of much interest to me.
    • The existing sports fields get a lot of use.
    • Park and Rec have done a great job for all our area.  Thank you.
    • I am a widow living at Brookline Assisted Living unit.  I don’t know much about my 12 relatives’ activities in the above events (question #1) but we did many in the 50’s and 60’s with pleasure when we lived at East Foster area. (Violet L. Warden)
    • Oak Hall site would be closest to us
    • Ferguson Twp has done a fantastic job of acquiring and developing parks.
    • I feel there are already too many parks that are funded beyond and not utilized by our citizens.
    • Mature  parks have lovely paths with interesting trees and plantings.  This could be a park objective for a portion of a park.
    • University Park is growing with new families moving into Centre Region and I know that the parks would be of value to the parents.  The children need a safe place to go and play.
    • Visit a park with shallower pool for kid play with a fountain (spray water), it is about a regular swimming pool size.
    • Really looking forward to using these parks!
    • It  saddens me to look back at all the patches of woods that have been lots in the last 15 years, especially in Patton Twp.  For me, keeping what is left is priority.
    • Open fields can be used for multiple sports.
    • We are eager users of community gardens in Tudek.  Would love to have that opportunity closer to home in Whitehall site.
    • Remote control airfield could be the “open space” allowing plane use at certain times/days (not Sundays – noise is annoying!).  Horseshoe, bocce and some concrete chess tables and benches could go in one combined space for our seniors – easily accessible and close to parking.  Also toilet facilities!  I am so glad to see our “region” working together!
    • We have great parks.  Just please work with SCLL on no fees since SCLL takes pride in helping to maintain fields.  Give SCLL a shed at the fields and SCLL will maintain fields before and after each game.  Please, thanks.
    • It is great living in an area that has such nice parks.  I only wish when you pass them they had more kids for pick up games, etc.
    • We are pleased with the numerous parks and their availability.  They are clean and well kept.  Recent contact with gardener, Tiffany, was extremely favorable.
    • We appreciate your effort in making these decisions based on the input of the community.  We are grateful to have such a wonderful series of parks in the area.
    • Sunset park is very nice and shaded but not kept up very well.  Keep grass mowed, tables cleaned off in pavilions and do something to keep bee’s nest out.  Better access for the handicapped.
    • The state college area has an extensive system of excellent parks, keep up the good work!  My only suggestion for the park system in general would be to provide places to park bikes for those of us who like to ride our own bikes to the park and then walk around.
    • Our neighborhood is fenced in, in order to keep residents from Oak Ridge Ave out even though many of us spend money to keep it as a neighborhood park.
    • Thanks for the opportunity to respond.
    • State College has ample parks.  Why do we need additional tax-free land?  Our taxes are too high now!
    • Pre-teens and teens may watch less TV and video games if they had organized, structured places to “play” (sports, skateboarding, etc.)
    • Running/biking trails in college township, especially near Rte. 26 corridor would be great.
    • Please feel free to contact me if Girl Scouts can play a part in any way.  1-800-692-7816 x1806, Anna Elias, Membership Specialist.  Thank you!
    • The tennis courts near my home (at the old elementary school on the hill in Boalsburg) are terrible, not useable.  When the tennis ball hits the uneven pavement (and cracked pavement), it takes crazy, random pathways…you can’t play.
    • I would play tennis later if there were lights but maybe lights could be on a control that would allow the courts to be dark if no one is using them.  Concerns about “light pollution” intruding into rural areas.
    • Thanks for asking!  A children’s play complex could be a “labor of love” for parents (Friend’s School parents maybe?) and could be a project for Architecture students.  Also, the bridge in Houserville’s park made by PSU engineer students was a great idea.  Thanks again, have fun!  Jean Voigt
    • Again, please provide recycle bins for all community parks.
    • This area has NO snowmobile, dirt bike or 4 wheeler public areas.  It is time to provide some!
    • I currently teach tennis for CRPR and both my adult students and younger students would like a year round facility.  It’s difficult to progress when you don’t play for 4-5 months.  It would be easier to run community programs such as leagues and social events with year round courts.
    • Thank you for taking time out to find out our opinion.
    • We are retired, we do not participate in these activities.
    • Tudek is a gift!  Great park, well run.
    • I have lived in this area for 71 years, my husband 76 years.  We are blessed to live here for our lifetime.
    • We need park area increasingly as our community continually expands.
    • Thank you for asking.
    • I would much rather see my tax dollars used to relieve older people of property tax burden.  One of the most unfair practices that I see in local government is taking older people for the increased value in their homes when they are not using this for profit, just preparing for retirement.
    • There seems to be a lack of porta-potties in proportion to the number of people using the parks in some places.  We especially like the new Circleville Park and Fairbrook park.  Great job!
    • You have beautiful parks that are well cared for.
    • Centre parks has done a great job in planning programs.
    • Two dog family, all active!
    • I love State College.  I hope this isn’t too late.
    • For a safe, manageable, nature-oriented walk.  I like Lederer park.
    • Maintain existing facilities and improve.
    • I am a disc golf enthusiast.  I helped develop Circleville Park.  The popularity of the course there speaks for itself.  Disc golf is a sport that can be enjoyed by all levels of players with a minimal impact on other activities in the park.
    • Having children of different ages/interests/abilities, I have found the best times at parks have been when there were multiple activities to do and (when they were younger) within a decent distance (i.e., playground for younger and tennis courts for older).  Just one idea!
    • Maintain mulch under playground equipment.  It is mulched when installed and then forgotten.  Be careful of the lay of the land!  Where will erosion occur?
    • State College has an excellent park system.  My family and I enjoy them very much.  I appreciate your efforts.
    • Let’s save some open land and create some habitats for birds and butterflies (no spray natural area).  Both good for our mental health!

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