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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

2007 Summer Program Report

1 May 07 through 3 Sep 07 (Labor Day)
4 Oct 07
For presentation to the CRPR Board on 11 Oct 07

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

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


Centre Region Parks & Recreation . . . Summer 2007

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

 

Summer 2006

Summer 2007

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

17

29


Summer Day Camps

Summer 2006

Summer 2007

Wee KIDVenture Camp (Ages 3-5, mornings only)

7 weeks at Easterly Parkway Elementary School

145

Average of 21 per wk.

86

Average of 12 per wk.

KIDVenture Camp (Grades 1-6, full-day)

7 weeks at SCAHS South Building.

276

Average of 39 per wk.

274

Average of 39 per wk.

KIDVenture Camp (Grades 1-6, full-day)

8 weeks at PF Elem. School

265 (7 Weeks)

Average of 38 per wk.

388 (8 Weeks)

Average of 48 per wk.

Martial Arts & Culture Camp for Youth (1 week)

42

47

Total

728

795

Overall the summer went very well for the CRPR day camps. The numbers at Wee KID-Venture were down from last summer, but we made up for it with the strong increase in numbers at the KID-Venture Program. I attribute the increase to the addition of an 8th week at Park Forest and the attractive programming offered throughout the summer. We will continue to plan and organize creative and attractive camps. 2007 was the 2nd year for the Wild Wednesday Get-a-ways (weekly teen field trips) to exciting and fun locations in and around the Centre Region. The attendance was up this year and the teens that signed up seemed to enjoy themselves and were able to give good feedback for future trips. Touch-A-Truck was once again a very successful event for the community. We increased the number of trucks/vehicles, giving the kids more items to explore. I look forward to this much fun, if not more in 2008.

Beth Lee, Recreation Supervisor - Programs & Special Events

Fitness & Sports

Summer 2006

Summer 2007

Adult Softball League

280 (14 teams)

(Wait list 4 teams)

270 (13 teams)

Smart Start Soccer

40 (wait list 26)

58 (wait list 41)

Smart Start Golf

10 (wait list 5)

10

Smart Start Football

n / a

8

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

184 (wait list 16)

192 (wait list 10)

Adult Tennis Lessons

37 (wait list 13)

41 (wait list 28)

Coed Adult Outdoor Volleyball League (Spring Creek Park)

34

20

Variety Workout (Fitness Class)

17

21

TOTAL

602

620

The Start Smart programs continue to grow and will be expanded in 2008. We are looking into the possibility of having an adult outdoor volleyball league as well at Spring Creek and/or Dalevue Park. Both youth and adult tennis lessons remain very popular and more sessions may be added as space allows in 2008.

Jeff Hall, Recreation Supervisor - Sports & Fitness

Centre Region Senior Center

Summer 2006

Summer 2007

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

1,108

1,228

Visits to Programs & Special Events (June-Aug)

6,634

6,862

Centre County Senior Games (June)

220

221

There were 221 participants in the Centre County Senior Games, engaging in 8 different sporting events. Once again the modified indoor walk was offered, along with the traditional outdoor walking event. The indoor walking event was in an air-conditioned location, not timed or competitive, and this change made the program accessible to people with varied physical abilities. 

Barbara Lindenbaum, Senior Center Director

Special Programs & Services

Summer 2006

Summer 2007

Discounted Amusement Park Tickets

(Net proceeds benefit the Gifts-For-Parks program)

$34,916.45

$39,304.25

Picnic Pavilion Reservations

(21 pavilions at 17 parks are available for reservation @ $35 / $40)

$25,667.50

$28,857.50

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

32

35

Touch-a-Truck (Special Event)

Approx. 300

Approx. 325

“Kids on Wheels” Parade (children & parents)

Approx. 200

Approx. 250

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

550 +

450+

“Family Fun Nights” at the pools - 4 events

581

477

 

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Programs

Summer 2006

Summer 2007

Family Programs (# of registrants, including Birthday Parties)

249

155

Children’s Programs (# of registrants)

342

290

Camps, Events & Meetings (# of visitors)

582

989

Facility Rentals by Groups (# of visitors to the barn / pavilion / grounds, including school district rentals)

403

583

Group Programs*

2,014

2,206

TOTAL

3,590

4,223

* Some of these numbers were also included in the Winter/Spring 2007 Report.

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center again hosted many group programs during this time period, as well as offered family activities, events, and birthday parties for children. The addition of the part-time Program Coordinator position at the center has been very effective in enabling staff to provide more programs than prior years. The Building Fund Campaign is continuing in the “Community Phase” and current pledges total $995,050 toward the local goal of $1,250,000.

Molly Hetrick, Recreation Supervisor - Nature Center 

AQUATICS

Pool Season Passes (Prices R/N)

Park Forest

Welch

2006: Birth Year 1996-2004 ($37 / $56)

2007: Birth Year 1997-2005 ($39 / $59)

283

286

370

394

2006: Birth Year 1942-1995 ($52 / $78)

2007: Birth Year 1943-1996 ($54 / $81)

384

403

519

538

2006: Birth Year 1941 & earlier ($37 / $56)

2007: Birth Year 1942 & earlier ($39 / $59)

5

10

22

20

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

2007: 5th + Person ($24 / $36 per additional person)

44

52

59

51

Total Pass Sales 2006

Total Pass Sales 2007

716

751

970

1,003

Ten Visit Pack ($36) 2006

Ten Visit Pack ($36) 2007

34

29

62

58

 

Outdoor Pool Admissions

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

Park Forest

Welch

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

2007: Daily & Group Admissions ($3.50/$4.00 & $3.25)

$17,775.

$16,250.

$37,011.

$38,147.


Outdoor Pool Visits

Recreational Visits

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

Instructional & Competitive Visits

(Not including Swim Meets)

TOTAL VISITS

Park Forest 2006


Park Forest 2007

14,744


13,667

6,011


6,727

20,755


20,394

Welch 2006


Welch 2007

22,816


23,352

7,125


7,670

29,941


31,022

Total 2006


Total 2007

37,560


37,019

13,136


14,397

50,696


51,416


Youth Swim Lessons

2006

2007

Park Forest Pool

144 (wait list 1)

128 (wait list 32)

Welch Pool

230 (wait list 4)

193 (wait list 15)

High School Natatorium

223 (wait list 22)

238 (wait list 27)

Total Swim Lesson Registrations

597

559


Special Aquatic Programs

Summer 2006

Summer 2007

“Triple O” (One-On-One) Swim Lessons at Park Forest and Welch (4 Lessons / week, 8 sessions at each pool)

77

wait list 15

81

wait list 30

Introduction to Springboard Diving - 3 sessions

n / a

28

wait list 4

Swim Team - Park Forest

135

147

Swim Team - Welch

140

157

CPR Recertification

39

48

ARC Lifeguarding Recertification

13

13

Youth Triathlon (Special Event)

52

84

Total

456

558


The summer weather for 2007 was perfect for operating swimming pools. Except for having to close one day to locate and repair some major water leaks, operations were smooth. Season pass sales rose from prior years. Aquatic programs remained popular in the region, which is reflected in the 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 2008.

Todd Roth, Aquatics Supervisor

Parks Maintenance and Municipal Park Improvements

Our residents are fortunate to benefit from the park improvement projects by each participating municipality, coupled with those that involve CRPR resources. Some park projects from this past summer include:

           State College Borough - New benches and trail signage have been installed at Walnut Springs Park. Two remembrance trees were planted at Lederer Park and one was planted at Holmes Foster Park. A wider bike path and new lighting fixtures are being installed at Central Parklet.

           College Township - Additional overgrown areas at Fogleman Field were cleared and seeded with grass, and more than 500 feet has been added to the boardwalk at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. Five remembrance trees were planted at Spring Creek Park and one was planted at Fogleman Field. The Township is moving forward on the planned construction of a restroom/storage building at the Fogleman Field. CRPR is also in the process of constructing the addition to the maintenance garage at Spring Creek Park.

           Ferguson Township - Two Remembrance Trees were planted at Tudek Park, the barn at Tudek Park has been renovated for horses, and a horse pasture has been fenced and seeded there. New stone and wooden park entrance signs have been installed at Autumnwood Park. A Master Plan for improvements to the Tudek Park Dog Park has been completed.

           Harris Township - An informational kiosk displaying the Master Plan has been installed at the Yoder Preserve. A new shingle roof was installed at the Kaywood Park pavilion by CRPR staff.

           Patton Township - Two pavilions, 2 basketball courts, paved paths, expanded parking, and a disc golf course has been added to Circleville Park. The construction of the new Ambleside Park is almost complete.

 Greg Roth, Parks Supervisor

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

Gary Sprankle, Parks Caretaker

Kurt Nicholas, Parks Caretaker

Tiffany Barto, Parks Caretaker

Diane Ishler, Office Manager

Kenyatta Shelton-Burleigh, Staff Assistant

Jennifer D. Stout, Staff Assistant

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

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