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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

Fall 2007 Program Report
September - December 2007

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


Cindy Solic, Chair                                   Patton Twp.
Sue Mascolo, Vice-Chair                         Ferguson Twp.
Kathy Matason, Secretary                        College Twp.
Roy F. Harpster, Treasurer                      Harris Twp.
Donna M. Ricketts PhD                            SCASD
Donna Conway                             State College Borough

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
Kenyatta Shelton-Burleigh, Staff Assistant

Greg Roth, Parks Supervisor
Ted Weaver, Assistant Parks Supervisor
Kurt Kunka, Parks Caretaker
Tiffany Barto, Parks Caretaker
Gary Sprankle, Parks Caretaker
Kurt Nicholas, Parks Caretaker
Diane Ishler, Office Manager
Jennifer D. Stout, Staff Assistant

2 Jan 08

Centre Region Parks & Recreation . . . Fall 2007

The staff of CRPR is pleased to present this report on the Fall 2007 programs offered to residents of the Centre Region. The long history of municipal cooperation for Parks & Recreation continues to benefit our residents. “CRPR - Where Everyone Plays!”                                          Ronald J. Woodhead, Director

Programs & Special Events Fall 2006 Fall 2007

Pavilion Reservations (Sept & Oct)

162 Fall Permits
892 Permits for Year

205 Fall Permits
984 Permits for Year

Annual Halloween Costume Parade



Dark in the Park Storytelling



Municipal Band Concert (for Veteran’s Day)



Skywatch at Tudek Memorial Park

97 at 3 events

85 at 2 events

Adult Ballroom Dance



Adult Square Dance Lessons



Adult Round Dance Class



Hip Hop Dance Class (youth)

Not offered

14 in 2 classes

Halloween Parade: The weather was absolutely perfect this year and that made for a wonderful turnout. We estimate over 2000 participants showed up and took part in the pared and the costume judging. The streets were lined with spectators as well, all along the parade route. The volunteers were invaluable and the partnership with the SC Lions Club continues to make this a successful community event. Dark in the Park: The weather outside was rainy and cold, so the event was moved and called in Dim in the Gym. Despite the weather and the change of venue, we attracted a large crowd of over 145 people. The stories were fun, enticing and even a bit scary at times. This fabulous community event is cosponsored by the Schlow Centre Region Library. We look forward to continued success in 2008. Hip Hop Dance Class: Fall marked the 2nd session of the CRPR Hip Hop Dance Classes. The kids learned the fundamentals of the popular form of dance from a wonderful, experienced instructor. The classes presented a show at the end of the session for parents and friends. It was great to see the pride and excitement they had from the new skills learned. We expect continued success with the program while Instructor Casie Goshow is in the area.

                                                                                                    Beth Lee, Recreation Supervisor - Programs & Special Events

Aquatics at the SCAHS Natatorium

Fall 2006

Fall 2007

Parent with Toddler & Preschool

20 in 8 classes

20 in 7 classes

Youth Levels 1-6

139 in 26 classes
4 on wait list

131 in 22 classes
7 on wait list

Total Swim Lesson Registrations



CRPR’s youth swimming lessons continue their popularity. An influx of new instructors shows promise for continued success with these programs.                                                                                                     Todd Roth, Aquatics Supervisor

Fitness & Sports

Fall 2006

Fall 2007

Start Smart Soccer Program

40 (+10 on wait list)

60 (+12 on wait list)

Start Smart Football



Start Smart Golf


10 (+4 on wait list)

Youth Judo Instruction



Youth Tennis Lessons

20 (+ 3 on wait list)

 20 (+2 on wait list)

Parent’s Night Off

15 for 1 program

16 for 2 programs

Girl’s Rhythmic Gymnastics


10 (+3 on wait list)

Total YOUTH Participants



Adult Flag Football

168 on 14 teams

216 on 18 teams

Adult Volleyball League

192 on 19 teams

188 on 18 teams

Adult Tennis Lessons

19 (+ 5 on wait list)

22 (+2 on wait list)

Adult Indoor Soccer



Men’s Basketball League

50 on 5 teams

60 on 6 teams

Fitness Classes (Step Aerobics, Morning Workouts, Body Sculpting, Dance Aerobics, Pilates)

105 (+ 7 on wait list)

138 (+6 on wait list)

SC Badminton Club

320 (avg. 20/night)

320 (avg. 20/night)

“Singles Club” Volleyball League (Wed & Sun evenings)

318 at 22 sessions

302 at 27 sessions

Total ADULT Participants



Gymnastics: This is the first year since I have been with CRPR that we have not been able to offer Tumble Tots and Jumpin Gymnastics. Despite strong efforts, many PSU class visits and posting several flyers around town, I was not able to secure enough staff to offer a safe, quality program, so I had to cancel these programs for the Fall. I am already looking for staff for hopefully offer those classes this Spring. Parent's Night Off: This program fluctuates in number each time, but the response is always the same from parents: “We love it!” So with this feedback I will continue to offer 2 or 3 of these evenings per season. The kids that attend enjoy the time with other kids playing games, making crafts and watching great movies.                       Beth Lee, Recreation Supervisor - Programs & Special Events

The Start Smart programs continue to gain popularity as 76 youths were registered in 3 programs. A youth wrestling program was added and will continued to be offered throughout 2008. The Adult Flag Football League expanded to 18 teams in 2008, which was split into 2 divisions. Yoga was added to adult fitness classes and they all remain very popular. Coed volleyball was dropped due to reduced availability of the school gyms.                                                   Jeff Hall, Recreation Supervisor - Sports & Fitness

Centre Region Senior Center

Summer 2006

Summer 2007

Noontime Meals Served (4 days per week, Sep-Dec)

1,318 Noontime Meals

1,365 Noontime Meals

Visits to Programs & Special Events (June-Aug)

10,458 Program Visits

10,916 Program Visits

Due to the cooperation of the Centre County Office of Aging, Mount Nittany Medical Center and Nittany Snow Shoe Home Health Service, the Senior Center provided 223 free flu shots to adults 60+. Tai Chi and Oil Painting classes were popular this fall and students are eager to start up again in the new year. Staff initiated the Healthy Steps in Motion Exercise Program, which enables seniors of varied abilities to improve their physical fitness. Students are pleased to have a program that is geared to their needs, and within two months they have noticed an improvement in their physical abilities.

                                                                                                    Barbara Lindenbaum, Senior Center Director

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

Fall 2006

Fall 2007

Staff-Guided Group Program visitors



Bird Walks

2 on 3 walks

2 on 3 walks

Family Programs (Fall Walk, Explorer’s Series, Tree Trimming for the Birds, Homeschool Programs)

147 at 9 programs

38 at 6 programs

Visitors for Facility Rentals & Off-site Programs



Knee-High Naturalist Programs (8 programs)



Birthday Parties (started in 2005)



Special Events & Meetings (Historic Harvest Fest. and Spring Creek Day)



                    Total Visits:



The increase in program visits in prior 2008 seasons has continued into the fall. Attendance at the 5th Annual Historic Harvest Fest was the highest ever - with over 350 visitors. Several family programs were cancelled due to low enrollment, but birthday parties are gaining in popularity, and facility rentals were higher than in past years.

                                                                                                    Molly Hetrick, Recreation Supervisor - Nature Center

Parks Maintenance Highlights

Some park maintenance highlights from Fall 2007 include:

            Over 1,000 feet of new boardwalk has been constructed at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. This new boardwalk section includes two overlooks to observe the rock vanes installed by PSU in Slab Cabin Run. The materials for the boardwalk were funded by a PA DEP “Growing Greener” Grant to Penn State; the labor was provided by CRPR. In addition, College Township completed a new section of paved bikepath along Puddintown Road from the bypass to Orchard Road.

            A new restroom/storage building is under construction by College Township at Fogleman Fields and should be ready in the Spring.

            Phase 2 of Circleville Park has been completed by Patton Township and includes 2 new pavilions and 2 basketball courts and an expansion to the frisbee golf course. Trails were also constructed linking this park to Patton Woods.

            Ambleside Park has been completed by Patton Township and includes a pavilion, playground equipment for tots and elementary age children and a perimeter walking path.

            A new tot swing set has been installed at Fasick Park with construction pending for new play equipment installations at Kaywood and Blue Spring Parks (in Harris Township).

            A spring rider Fire Engine and new fitness equipment (for adult and youth) is being installed at Sunset Park (in State College Borough)

            The new Foster Avenue bikeway is complete with a section running through Central Parklet (in State College Borough).

            At Autumnwood Park, a new basketball court was installed this Summer by Ferguson Township.

            A waterline has been installed to the Tudek Park Dog Park and large concrete storage bins were installed at the Community Gardens for compost and wood chips (in Ferguson Township)

                                                                                                    Greg Roth, Parks Supervisor

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