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

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

2006 Summer Program Report

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1 May 06 through 4 Sep 06

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

Cindy Solic, Chair
Sue Mascolo
, Vice-Chair
Kenneth Mawritz, Ph.D., Secretary
Roy F. Harpster, Treasurer
Donna Conway
Kathy Matason


Centre Region Parks & Recreation

Ronald J. Woodhead, Director
Greg Roth, Parks Supervisor
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

Ted Weaver, Assistant Parks Supervisor
Kurt Kunka, Parks Caretaker
Jeffrey Ballas, Parks Caretaker
Gary Sprankle, Parks Caretaker
Mark Richards, Parks Caretaker
Kurt Nicholas, Parks Caretaker
Diane Ishler, Administrative Assistant
Kenyatta Shelton-Burleigh, Staff Assistant
Jennifer D. Stout, Staff Assistant

28 Sept 06

As presented to the CRPR Board on 12 Oct 06

Centre Region Parks & Recreation . . . Summer 2006

Centre Region Parks & Recreation operates as a result of the ongoing cooperation of the five participating municipalities... cooperation that has been “hard at work” for over 40 years. This report quantifies the many public recreation programs that took place this past summer. However, programs represent only one aspect 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 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 2005

Summer 2006

Wild Wednesday Getaway Weekly Field Trips (Grades 6-8)

Not offered

17

Summer Day Camps

Summer 2005

Summer 2006

Wee KIDVenture Camp (Ages 3-5, mornings only) 7 weeks at Easterly Parkway Elementary School

141
Average of 20 per wk.

145
Average of 21 per wk.

KIDVenture Camp (Grades 1-6, full-day)
7 weeks at SCAHS South Building.

304
Average of 43 per wk.

276
Average of 39 per wk.

KIDVenture Camp (Grades 1-6, full-day)
7 weeks at PF Elem. School

310
Average of 44 per wk.

265
Average of 38 per wk.

Martial Arts & Culture Camp for Youth (1 week)

35

42

Total

815

728

Overall, the summer went very well at all the camps. The numbers were down in the KIDVenture camps and I attribute that to so many other choices in the area. We must make sure we plan and organize creative and attractive camps. We did not offer the Supervised Playgrounds this summer for teens. Instead we had weekly field trips called Wild Wednesday Get-a-ways to exciting and fun locations in and around the Centre Region. The attendance was light, but the teens that took part really enjoyed themselves and were able to give good feedback for future trips. I look forward to offering this program again next year. Touch-A-Truck was once again a very successful and attractive event for the community. We increased our attendance and had fabulous comments from both participants and vendors. I look forward to the 3rd year in 2007 with more trucks and heavy equipment.

                                                                  Beth Lee, Recreation Supervisor - Programs & Special Events

Fitness & Sports

Summer 2005

Summer 2006

Adult Softball League

280 (14 teams)
(Wait list 4 teams)

280 (14 teams)
(Wait list 4 teams)

Smart Start Soccer

n / a

40 (wait list 26)

Smart Start Golf

n / a

10 (wait list 5)

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

207 (wait list 9)

184 (wait list 16)

Adult Tennis Lessons

39 (wait list 1)

37 (wait list 13)

Coed Adult Outdoor Volleyball League (Spring Creek Park)

49

34

Variety Workout (Fitness Class)

17

17

TOTAL

616

602

The Start Smart Programs were new this summer and were very popular. Next summer more sessions will be added as well as Start Smart Football. 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 again this year).

                                         Jeff Hall, Recreation Supervisor - Sports & Fitness

Centre Region Senior Center

Summer 2005

Summer 2006

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

890

1,108

Visits to Programs & Special Events (June-Aug)

6,450

6,634

Centre County Senior Games (June)

254

220

In the Centre County Senior Games we had 220 enthusiastic participants and we offered a modified indoor walking event, at the same time as the traditional outdoor event. This was extremely successful in making the walking event more accessible to a broader range of peopl

                                                  Barbara Lindenbaum, Senior Center Director


Special Programs & Services

Summer 2005

Summer 2006

Discounted Amusement Park Tickets
(Net proceeds benefit the Gifts-For-Parks program)

$26,527.25

$34,916.45

Picnic Pavilion Reservations
(19 pavilions at 15 parks are available for reservation @ $35 / $40)

$23,845.00

$25,667.50

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

39

32

Touch-a-Truck (Special Event)

Approx. 250

Approx. 300

“Kids on Wheels” Parade (children & parents)

Approx. 175

Approx. 200

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

600 +

550+

“Family Fun Nights” at the pools - 5 events in 2005, 4 events in 2006

701

581

 

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Programs

Summer 2005

Summer 2006

Family Programs (including Birthday Parties)

141

249

Children’s Programs

286

342

Camps, Events & Meetings

586

582

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

346

403

Group Programs*

1,910

2,014

TOTAL

3,269

3,590

* Some of these numbers were also included in the Winter/Spring 2006 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. The building fund campaign is also in progress and has raised over $500,000 in pledges to date.

                                                      Molly Hetrick, Recreation Supervisor - Nature Center

 AQUATICS


Pool Season Passes (Prices R/N)

Park Forest

Welch

2005: Birth Year 1995-2003 ($35 / $53)
2006: Birth Year 1996-2004 ($37 / $56)

224
283

368
370

2005: Birth Year 1941-1994 ($50 / $75)
2006: Birth Year 1942-1995 ($52 / $78)

361
384

499
519

2005: Birth Year 1940 & earlier ($35 / $53)
2006: Birth Year 1941 & earlier ($37 / $56)

7
5

21
22

2005: 5th + Person ($20 / $30 per additional person)
2006: 5th + Person ($22 / $33 per additional person)

26
44

33
59

Total Pass Sales 2005
Total Pass Sales 2006

618
716

921
970

Ten Visit Pack ($31.50) 2005
Ten Visit Pack ($36) 2006

36
34

67
62

 

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

Park Forest

Welch

2005: Daily & Group Admissions ($3.25/$3.50 & $3.00)
2006: Daily & Group Admissions ($3.50/$4.00 & $3.00)

$16,482.50
$17,775.50

$35,582.00
$37,011.00


Outdoor Pool Visits

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

Instructional & Competitive Visits
(Not including Swim Meets)

TOTAL VISITS

Park Forest 2005

14,325

6,234

20,559

Park Forest 2006

14,744

6,011

20,755

Welch 2005

22,619

6,696

29,315

Welch 2006

22,816

7,125

29,941

Total 2005

36,944

12,930

49,874

Total 2006

37,560

13,136

50,696


Youth Swim Lessons

2005

2006

Park Forest Pool

139 (wait list 15)

144 (wait list 1)

Welch Pool

228 (wait list 39)

230 (wait list 4)

High School Natatorium

232 (wait list 53)

223 (wait list 22)

Total Swim Lesson Registrations

599

597




Special Aquatic Programs

Summer 2005

Summer 2006

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

26
wait list 8

37
wait list 7

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

36
wait list 15

40
wait list 8

Swim Team - Park Forest

137

135

Swim Team - Welch

128

140

CPR Recertification

51

39

ARC Lifeguarding Recertification

14

13

Youth Triathlon

32

52

Total

424

456


The summer weather for 2006 was perfect for operating swimming pools. Operations were smooth, and season pass sales rose from prior years. Swim lessons are still relatively popular in the community, which is reflected in overall numbers. The “Family Fun Nights” at the pools (included in the Special Programs section on Page 3) were again very successful and will be continued in 2007.

                                                                         Todd Roth, Aquatics Supervisor

Parks Maintenance and Municipal Park Improvements

Some municipal park projects from this past summer include:

           State College Borough - Added a twin slide, bridge and climbing wall to the “Big Red” playground apparatus and installed a fire engine play structure and an “antique style” accessible drinking fountain at Holmes Foster Park.

           College Township - Two pavilions and a drinking fountain were installed at Fogleman Fields Park.

           Ferguson Township - (In progress) the installation of information kiosks at the larger parks.

           Harris Township - Added 3 new spring riders to the playground at Countryplace Park. Constructed a parking area and added seven benches along paths at the Stan Yoder Memorial Preserve.

           Patton Township - Installed a pavilion and swing set at Marjorie Mae Park.

                                                         Greg L. Roth, Parks Supervisor

Report Compiled by Todd A. Roth, Aquatics Supervisor, & Ronald J. Woodhead, Director

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