Centre Region Council of Governments
Centre Region Parks & Recreation
Summer 2004 Program Report


Centre Region Council of Governments
Centre Region Parks & Recreation
2643 Gateway Drive #1, State College, PA 16801

Serving the Townships of College, Harris, Ferguson, Patton, & the Borough of State College

2004 Summer Program Report
1 May 04 through 6 Sep 04

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The Campers and Staff of the
2004 CRPR Youth Fly-fishing Camp
 at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority/ Centre Region Parks and Recreation Board

Cindy Solic, Chair
Daniel G. Linzell, Ph.D., P.E. , Vice-Chair
Kenneth Mawritz, Ph.D., Secretary
Roy F. Harpster, Treasurer
Richard C. Marboe, Ph.D.
Sue Mascolo

Centre Region Parks & Recreation - STAFF

Ronald J. Woodhead, Director
Beth C. Lee
, Rec. Supervisor - Programs & Spec. Events
Jeff R. Hall, Rec. Supervisor - Fitness & Sports
Molly Hetrick, Rec. Supervisor - Nature Center
Todd A. Roth, Aquatics Supervisor
Barbara Lindenbaum, Senior Center Director
Tanya Slashchev, Senior Center Program Assistant
Diane Ishler, Administrative Assistant
Greg Roth, Parks Supervisor
C. J. Sichler, Assistant Parks Supervisor
Kurt Kunka, Park Caretaker
Jeffrey Ballas, Park Caretaker
Gary Sprankle, Park Caretaker
Roger Broschart, Park Caretaker
Pat Hopkins, Staff Assistant
Kathy Woods, Staff Assistant

16 Sept 04

Centre Region Parks & Recreation . . . Summer 2004

Centre Region Parks & Recreation operates as a result of the cooperation of the five participating municipalities. This report quantifies the many public recreation programs that took place this past summer. However, programs represent one half of our service to each municipality; an equally important responsibility involves maintaining municipal park facilities for residents to utilize for recreation on their own (as a family or with a group). Thanks to the parks and the programs, it was an exciting summer for the agency and for Centre Region residents. Remember that “It starts in Parks!”

                                                                                           Ronald J. Woodhead, Director

Supervised Playgrounds Summer 2003 Summer 2004
Super-Duper-vised Playground Program (Grades 3-8) 135 registrants at 4 sites 55 registrants at 2 sites
Summer Day Camps Summer 2003 Summer 2004
Camp Wee Adventure
(Ages 3-5, 9:30AM-Noon)
7 weeks at Easterly Parkway Elementary
98
Average of 14 per wk.
122
Average of 17 per wk.
Camp Day Adventure
(Grades 1-6, 10AM-3:15PM)
7 weeks at SCAHS South Building.
273
Average of 39 per wk.
251
Average of 36 per wk.
Camp Day Adventure PLUS
(Grades 1-6, 7:30AM-5:30AM)
7 weeks at PF Elem. (includes SCASD Shorts & Sports)
400
Average of 57 per wk.
439
Average of 62 per wk.
Total 771 812

I was pleased with the increase in numbers at both Camp Day Adventure PLUS and the Camp Wee Adventure. I still believe we have much work to do to get back to the numbers that this program experienced in prior years. For 2005, I will be looking into new options for the Camp Day Adventure program held at the High School South Building. The numbers for this program have been dropping for the past 2 years; an overhaul is needed. I will also be investigating and implementing new, more-attractive program options for the other day camp programs. Summer 2005 will also bring new titles for each of the camps.

                                                                                                            Beth Lee, Recreation Supervisor - Programs & Special Events

Fitness & Sports Summer 2003 Summer 2004
Adult Softball League 280 (14 teams) 280 (14 teams)
(Wait list 8 teams)
U.S.T.A. Youth Tennis Lessons (Ages 7-16) 258 (Wait list 5) 283
Adult Tennis Lessons 48 34 (Wait list 20)
Summer Youth Basketball League (Haymarket Park) 80 (8 Teams) 40 (4 teams)
Coed Adult Outdoor Volleyball League (Spring Creek Park) 53 45
Variety Workout (Fitness Class) 16 22
Basic Baton Twirling n/a 11
TOTAL 750 (Wait list 5) 715

Youth tennis lessons continue to be popular and I plan to add some lessons at Green Hollow Park next summer. I would also like to explore the One-on-One lessons for tennis, similar to the popular “Triple-O” swimming lessons. The adult softball league remains very popular; adding a 3rd field would enable us to add more teams to the league (we had 8 teams on the waiting list this year). There has also been some interest expressed in starting a summer volleyball league at Spring Creek Park - which we will explore for 2005.

                                                                                                    Jeff Hall, Recreation Supervisor - Sports & Fitness 

Centre Region Senior Center Summer 2003 Summer 2004
Noontime Meals Served (4 days per week, June-Aug) 796 1,034
Visits to Programs & Special Events (June-Aug) 5,869 6,065
Senior Citizen “Picnic in the Park” 40 60
Centre County Senior Games (held during June) 268 for 9 events
 (w / 289 for luncheon)
262 for 9 events
(w/ 185 for luncheon)

Our varied summer programs and outings included the Centre County Senior Games festivities, the community service craft sale during the Arts Festival, and picnics. The highlight of the summer season was the festive Open House on June 30. With over 130 participants, we cut the ribbon to the newly-expanded Senior Center, thanked the people who helped to make it happen and celebrated with a special luncheon and delightful performances. August was a quiet month due to the facility being closed for a week to install a new ventilation system and the parking garage being closed for two weeks for cleaning and repair. Next summer we will check with State College Borough concerning any scheduled closing of the parking garage in August. If they plan to close the garage, I will organize additional outings using the county van service. This will hopefully encourage program participation without the limitations of reduced parking.

                                                                                                    Barbara Lindenbaum, Senior Center Director

Special Programs & Services Summer 2003 Summer 2004
Discounted Amusement Park Tickets (benefits Gifts-For-Parks) 1,598
($31,986.50 gross)
1,403
($30,254.10 gross)
Picnic Pavilion Reservations
(17 pavilions at 13 parks are available for reservations @ $30/$35)
$22,197.50 $23,352.50
Sport Pack Rentals (free with pavilion, otherwise rental fee applies) 44 45
July 4th Kids on Wheels Parade (children & parents) Approx. 260 Approx. 280
Art-in-the-Parklet Craft Tent (CPFA / CRPR Event) 500 + 500+
Track Meets (2003 = 4 meets held; 2004 = 8 meets held) 130 225

 

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center hosted programs by State College Area School District Community Education, ClearWater Conservancy, Scout groups, Shavers Creek Environmental Center, CALL, Youth Service Bureau, Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center, and Penn State University. Additional nature / educational, cultural, & historical programs will be held in the fall by CRPR and other organizations.

Nature Center Programs Summer 2003 Summer 2004
Family Programs (including Bird Walks) 101 31
Explorer Series 50 10
Children’s Programs 443 299
Camps & Events 410 462
Facility Rentals by Groups (of barn / pavilion / grounds, including SCASD) 558 339*
Group Programs 1,570 2,159*
TOTAL 3,169 3,300

* The Group Programs for the summer are more than last year due to additional grant funding to pay the fees that was available to local groups. Many of those groups elected for a group program (where the fee includes the facility rental) instead of a just renting the facility. Also, facility rentals were lower this summer due to the relocation of a SCASD camp program which brought approximately 400 additional visitors to the center.

Some of these numbers were also reflected in the Winter/Spring Report. In Children's programs, Knee-High Naturalists were very successful, but fell within the previous reporting period. Family program numbers were impacted by the rainy weather; most Discovery Day programs were rained out. Cattail Theaters are scheduled for Fall 2004.

                                                                                                    Molly Hetrick, Recreation Supervisor - Nature Center

AQUATICS

Pool Season Passes (Prices R/N) Park Forest

 2003

Park Forest

2004

Welch

2003

Welch

2004

2003: Birth Year 1993-2002 ($30 / $45)
2004: Birth Year 1994-2002 ($33 / $48)
304 268 480 390
2003: Birth Year 1939-1992 ($45 / $68)
2004: Birth Year 1940-1993 ($48 / $72)
444 420 543 489
2003: Birth Year 1938 & earlier ($30 / $45)
2004: Birth Year 1939 & earlier ($33 / $48)
19 10 32 21
2003: 5th + Person ($15 / $20 per additional person)
2004: 5th + Person ($18 / $27 per additional person)
40 38 78 41
Total Pass Sales 807 736 1,133 941
Ten Visit Pack ($31.50/$35) 19 27 45 51

 

Outdoor Pool Admissions
(Age 1-10 / Age 11+ & Group/After 5 PM)
Park Forest
2003
Park Forest
2004
Welch
2003
Welch
2004
2003: Daily & Group Admissions  ($3.00/$3.50 & $2.75)
2004: Daily & Group Admissions ($3.00/$3.50 & $2.75)
$13,711.75 $11,112.00 $30,069.25 $24,126.25

Outdoor Pool Visits Park Forest

2003

Park Forest

2004

Welch

2003

Welch

2004

2003

Total Pool

Visits

2004

Total Pool Visits

Recreational Visits
(Includes general swim, family swim, lap, & groups)

14,347

12,427

19,994

17,866

34,341

30,293

Instructional Visits 1,192 1,208 2,336 2,368 3,528 3,576
Competitive Visits (Not including 10 Home Swim Meets) 5,040 5,738 5,775 5,814 10,815 11,552
TOTAL VISITS 20,579 19,373 28,105 26,048 48,684 45,421

Youth Aquatics Park Forest
2003
Park Forest
2004
Welch
2003
Welch
2004
Parent w/ Toddler 4 7 21 7
Preschool I & II

 

44
 (10 classes
+ wait list 2 )
19
(6 classes)
85
(20 classes
+ wait list 3)
57
(8 classes)
Levels 1-7 104
 (20 classes
+ wait list 7)
125
(20 classes
+ wait list 9)
192
(40 classes
+ wait list 17)
232
(24 classes
+ wait list 34)
Swim Teams (ages 6-18) 144 151 163 153
Totals 296 302 461 449


High School Natatorium Lessons 2003 2004
Parent / Toddler 30
 (4 classes)
28
(4 classes)
Preschool I & II 47
 (8 classes + wait list 22)
48
(8 classes + wait list 19)
Levels 1-7 235
(40 classes + wait list 38)
184
(20 classes + wait list 24)
Totals 312 260

Special Aquatic Programs

Summer 2003

Summer 2004

Adult Basic Strokes 10 7
Adult Water Aerobics  18 10
Triple O (One-On-One) Swim Lessons - Park Forest
Four Lessons in one week - 6 sessions in 2003, 8 sessions in 2004
24
wait list 13
24
wait list 2
Triple O (One-On-One) Swim Lessons - Welch

Four Lessons in one week, 6 sessions total

30
wait list 9
38
wait list 4
Introduction to Kayaking 25 8
wait list 4
Kayaking - Eskimo Rolling 14 7
Introduction to Springboard Diving 34 4
Pool Rentals at Park Forest (8-10PM Friday/Saturday only)
(Includes 6 school day rentals during June 2004)
8 7
Pool Rentals at Welch (8-10PM Friday/Saturday only) 3 0
CPR Recertification 31 40
ARC Lifeguarding Recertification 18 15
ARC Lifeguarding n/a 5
Youth Triathlon n/a 38
Total (not including pool rentals) 215 203

2004 was another cool & rainy summer - rainfall was more than double the annual average over the season and temperatures were noticeable cooler as well. The region also had no days over 90 degrees all summer. This weather contributed to very low attendance numbers for the year, although program enrollment remained strong. For 2005, look for new programs to replace those with low interest and a continuation of our popular programs. Yes, the Aquatics Supervisor is also charged with delivering sunny, hot weather for the entire summer!

                                    Todd Roth, Aquatics Supervisor

Summer 2004 Program Report for Centre Region Parks & Recreation
Report Compiled by Todd A. Roth, Aquatics Supervisor