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2005 Summer Program Report: 1 May through 5 Sep 05
23 Sept 05

Centre Regional 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
Sue Mascolo
Kathy Matason

Centre Region Parks & Recreation

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
Carol Clitherow, Senior Center Program Assistant
Diane Ishler, Administrative Assistant

Greg Roth, Parks Supervisor
Ted Weaver, Assistant Parks Supervisor
Kurt Kunka, Parks Caretaker
Jeffrey Ballas, Parks Caretaker
Gary Sprankle, Parks Caretaker
vacant, Parks Caretaker
Kathy Woods, Staff Assistant
Kenyatta Shelton-Burleigh, Staff Assistant

Centre Region Parks & Recreation . . . Summer 2005

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 part 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 to continued community support, it was an exciting summer for the agency and for Centre Region residents. “CRPR - Where Everyone Plays!”

                                                                                                             Ronald J. Woodhead, Director

Supervised Playgrounds

Summer 2004

Summer 2005

Teen Playground Program (Grades 6-8)

55 registrants at two sites

25 registrants at one site

Summer Day Camps

Summer 2004

Summer 2005

Wee KIDVenture Camp (Ages 3-5, 9:30AM-Noon)
7 weeks at Easterly Parkway Elementary

122
Average of 17 per wk.

141
Average of 20 per wk.

KIDVenture Camp (Grades 1-6, 7:30AM - 5:30 PM)
7 weeks at SCAHS South Building.

251
Average of 36 per wk.

304
Average of 43 per wk.

KIDVenture Camp (Grades 1-6, 7:30AM-5:30AM)
7 weeks at PF Elem.

439
Average of 62 per wk.

310
Average of 44 per wk.

Total

771

780

I think the new names for the camps gave them a new image and really helped in attracting participants this year. I was extremely pleased with the attendance for KIDVenture and Wee KIDVenture Camps. Since we did not have to reserve spaces for the SCASD Sports & Shorts this year, we were able to fill camps to capacity almost every week. Now that we have improved the visibility of the camps, we will keep the programs up-to-date and competitive with other camps in the area. I will also be working on different options for teens since the numbers for the Supervised Playgrounds have been decreasing over the past 3 summers. Touch-A-Truck (listed with special events on page 3) was a new event for CRPR this summer and had a fabulous turnout. We had many different types of tucks & heavy equipment from many townships, the Borough, businesses, and our sponsors: Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. and Cleveland Brothers. I look forward to an even better event in 2006.

                                                                                                    Beth Lee, Recreation Supervisor - Programs & Special Events

Fitness & Sports

Summer 2004

Summer 2005

Adult Softball League

280 (14 teams)
(Wait list 8 teams)

280 (14 teams)
(Wait list 4 teams)

Girls Fast Pitch Softball

n / a

24

U.S.T.A. Youth Tennis Lessons (Ages 7-16)

283

207 (wait list 9)

Adult Tennis Lessons

34 (Wait list 20)

39 (wait list 1)

Coed Adult Outdoor Volleyball League (Spring Creek Park)

45

49

Variety Workout (Fitness Class)

22

17

TOTAL

664

616

Youth tennis lessons were offered at Green Hollow Park but only one of the eight classes offered had a high enough enrollment to be held. We will reevaluate those classes for next summer. The adult softball league remains very popular; adding a 3rd adult field would enable us to add more teams to the league (we had 4 teams on the waiting list this year). The girls fast pitch softball program was new this summer and was a quality program even with limited enrollment.

                                                                                                    Jeff Hall, Recreation Supervisor - Sports & Fitness

Centre Region Senior Center

Summer 2004

Summer 2005

Noontime Meals Served (4 days per week, June-Aug)

1,034

890

Visits to Programs & Special Events (June-Aug)

6,065

6,450

Senior Citizen “Picnic in the Park”

60

48

Centre County Senior Games (June)

262 for 9 events
 (w / 185 for luncheon)

254 for 9 events
(w/ 200 for luncheon)

Our varied summer programs and outings included the Centre County Senior Games, the community service craft sale during the Arts Festival, and group picnics.

                                                                                                    Barbara Lindenbaum, Senior Center Director


Special Programs & Services

Summer 2004

Summer 2005

Discounted Amusement Park Tickets (benefits Gifts-For-Parks)

1,403
($30,254.10 gross)

1,196
($26,527.25 gross)

Picnic Pavilion Reservations
(17 pavilions at 13 parks are available for reservations @ $30/$35)

$23,352.50

$23,845.00

Sport Pack Rentals (free with pavilion, otherwise rental fee applies)

45

39

Touch-a-Truck, June 25

n / a

250+

July 4th Kids on Wheels Parade (children & parents)

Approx. 280

Approx. 175

Art-in-the-Parklet Craft Tent (CPFA / CRPR Event)

500 +

600 +

Track Meets (8 meets held each summer)

240

300

‘Family Fun’ Nights at the pools - 5 events

n / a

701

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Programs

Summer 2004

Summer 2005

Family Programs (including Birthday Parties)

31

141

Explorer Series

10

33

Children’s Programs

299

286

Camps, Events, & Meetings

462

586

Facility Rentals by Groups (of barn / pavilion / grounds, including SCASD)

339

346

Group Programs*

2,159

1,910

TOTAL

3,300

3,302

* Some of these numbers were also included in the Winter/Spring Report.

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center hosted programs by State College Area School District, 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. The opportunity to have birthday parties at the marsh was added in 2005 and has been well received. With group programs, the center is limited by current facilities in it’s ability to increase program opportunities.

                                                                                                    Molly Hetrick, Recreation Supervisor - Nature Center

 AQUATICS

Pool Season Passes (Prices R/N)

Park Forest

Welch

2004: Birth Year 1994-2002 ($33 / $48)
2005: Birth Year 1995-2003 ($35 / $53)

268
224

390
368

2004: Birth Year 1940-1993 ($48 / $72)
2005: Birth Year 1941-1994 ($50 / $75)

420
361

489
499

2004: Birth Year 1939 & earlier ($33 / $48)
2005: Birth Year 1940 & earlier ($35 / $53)

10
7

21
21

2004: 5th + Person ($18 / $27 per additional person)
2005: 5th + Person ($20 / $30 per additional person)

38
26

41
33

Total Pass Sales 2004
Total Pass Sales 2005

736
618

941
921

Ten Visit Pack ($31.50/$35) 2004
Ten Visit Pack ($31.50/$35) 2005

27
36

51
67

 

Outdoor Pool Admissions
(Age 1-10 / Age 11+ & Group/After 5 PM)

Park Forest

Welch

2004: Daily & Group Admissions ($3.00/$3.50 & $2.75)
2005: Daily & Group Admissions ($3.25/$3.50 & $3.00)

$11,112.00
$14,895.50

$24,126.25
$33,605.00


Outdoor Pool Visits

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

Instructional & Competitive Visits
(Not including Swim Meets)

TOTAL VISITS

Park Forest 2004

12,427

6,946

19,373

Park Forest 2005

14,325

6,234

20,559

Welch 2004

17,866

8,182

26,048

Welch 2005

22,619

6,696

29,315

Total 2004

30,293

15,128

45,421

Total 2005

36,944

12,930

49,874


Youth Swim Lessons

2004

2005

Park Forest Pool

151 (wait list 9)

139 (wait list 15)

Welch Pool

296 (wait list 34)

228 (wait list 39)

High School Natatorium

260 (wait list 43)

232 (wait list 53)

Total Swim Lesson Registrations

707

599



Special Aquatic Programs

Summer 2004

Summer 2005

Triple O (One-On-One) Swim Lessons - Park Forest
Four Lessons in one week - 8 sessions

24
wait list 2

26
wait list 8

Triple O (One-On-One) Swim Lessons - Welch
Four Lessons in one week - 8 sessions

38
wait list 4

36
wait list 15

Swim Team - Park Forest

151

137

Swim Team - Welch

153

128

Competitive Swim Clinic

n/a

16

Pool Rentals at Park Forest (8-10PM Friday/Saturday only)
(Includes 3 school day rentals during June 2005)

7

3

Pool Rentals at Welch (8-10PM Friday/Saturday only)
(Includes 1 school day rental during June 2005)

0

2

CPR Recertification

40

51

ARC Lifeguarding Recertification

15

14

ARC Lifeguarding

5

4

Youth Triathlon

38

32

Total (not including pool rentals)

464

444

The summer weather for 2005 was perfect for operating swimming pools. Operations were smooth, but season passes still haven’t rebounded from the poor 2003 and 2004 seasons. Swim lessons have also continued their steady decline, but are still relatively strong in overall numbers. The ‘Family Fun’ Nights at the pools (included in the Special Programs section on Page 3) were very successful and will be continued in 2006.                                                 Todd Roth, Aquatics Supervisor

Parks Maintenance and Municipal Park Improvements

Some park maintenance highlights from this past summer include:

            The PCC finished installing single- table picnic shelters at Graysdale, High Point, Fasick and Green Hollow Parks.

            Completed Hurricane Ivan repairs to MMNC boardwalk, Spring Creek volleyball court and rebuilt bridges at Fasick Park.

            The PCC installed a new spiral sliding board at Blue Spring Park and swings and climbing wall at Kaywood Park.

            Installed a new climbing wall at Central Parklet.

            With PCC, assembled new soccer equipment for Fogleman Fields and opened the fields for use.

Municipal Park Improvements:

            S.C. Borough - Constructed a Children's Village at Central Parklet, an artificial wetland at Walnut Spring Park and a

                            connection path from Lederer Park to Thompson Woods Preserve.

            College Township - Completed the new tennis court at Nittany Orchard Park.

            Ferguson Township - Installed a new pavilion at Autumnwood Park.

            Harris Township - Purchased new playground equipment for Blue Spring and Kaywood Parks and prepared the safety pits for

                            equipment installation.

            Patton Township - Installed new water fountains at Woodycrest, Park Forest Tot lot, Green Hollow and Oakwood Parks.

                            Installed new playground multi-purpose apparatus, swings, slides and a pavilion at Green Hollow Park.

                                                                                      Greg Roth, Parks Supervisor

Report Compiled by Todd A. Roth, Aquatics Supervisor

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