Parks & Recreation Authority

Parks and Authority MembersThe mission of the Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority is to serve Centre Region residents of all ages throughout the year with a variety of recreation opportunities to enrich their lives through participation in programs, use of facilities, provision of leadership resources and technical assistance, and serving the participating municipalities, both residents and non-residents, and groups.

The Authority membership includes five municipalities--the Borough of State College and the Townships of College, Ferguson, Harris, and Patton--and the State College Area School District.  Each municipality appoints one volunteer representative to serve a five-year term on the Authority, plus one representative from the State College Area School District who is appointed by State College Borough Council. In October, 2011, the five participating municipalities re-authorized the future of the Authority for January, 2012 through December, 2061.

The Authority members are pictured to the right. Seated, left to right: Diane J. Ishler, Treasurer (Harris Township), Kathy D. Matason, Chairperson (College Township), and Shannon E. Messick, Vice Chair (SCASD). Standing, left to right: Denise Meyer, Secretary (Ferguson Township), Jim W. Dunn (State College Borough), and Chris Hurley, the Authority's representative to the Parks and Recreation Regional Comprehensive Study.  Not pictured is Cindy Solic, the new representative from Patton Township.

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Contact Info

  • Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month
  • Meetings are held at the CRCOG Building’s Forum Room, unless otherwise noted in the schedule posted here.
  • Meetings begin at 12:15 PM and typically last about 90 minutes.

Authority Members

NameMunicipalityVolunteer ServiceTerm Expires
Cindy Solic

Patton Township

2018-PresentDecember, 2021
Denise Meyer

Ferguson Township


December, 2018

Jim Dunn

State College Borough

January 2014-Present

December, 2020

Diane Ishler

Harris Township

July 2014-Present

December, 2020

Shannon Messick

State College Area School District

July 2014-Present

December, 2020

Kathy Matason

College Township

2005 - Present

December, 2021