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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

2008 Summer Program Report

1 May through 1 Sep 08 (Labor Day)

Park Forest Swimmers 2008

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

Sue Mascolo, Chair
Roy Harpster, Vice-Chair
Kathy Matason, Secretary
Donna Conway, Treasurer
Chris Hurley
Donna Ricketts, D.Ed.

Ferguson Township
Harris Township
College Township
State College Borough
Patton Township 
SCASD


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
Diane Ishler, Office Manager

Ted Weaver, Assistant Parks Supervisor
Tiffany Barto, Parks Caretaker II
Kurt Kunka, Parks Caretaker I
Gary Sprankle, Parks Caretaker I
Kurt Nicholas, Parks Caretaker I
Kenyatta Shelton-Burleigh, Staff Assistant
Jennifer D. Stout, Staff Assistant
Carol Clitherow, Senior Center Staff Assistant

26 Sep 08

For presentation to the CRPR Board on 9 Oct 08

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

Centre Region Parks & Recreation . . . Summer 2008

Centre Region Parks & Recreation operates as a result of the ongoing cooperation of the five participating municipalities... with 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 Day Camps

Summer 2007

Summer 2008

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

86 (8 weeks)
Average of 12 per wk.

125 (7 weeks)
Average of 18 per wk.

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

274 (8 weeks)
Average of 34 per wk.

281 (7 weeks)
Average of 40 per wk.

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

388 (8 weeks)
Average of 48 per wk.

332 (7 weeks)
Average of 47 per wk.

Martial Arts & Culture Camp for Youth (1 week)

47

45

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

29

10

Total

824

793


2008 proved to be another great year for the CRPR Summer Day Camps. Wee KIDVenture registrations were dramatically increased and we were thrilled to provide a fun and safe program for these children. KIDVenture Camp also had a great year. Overall, the 7 weeks that were offered were very well attended and everyone seemed to have a great summer full of lasting memories and good times! Attendance for the Wild Wednesday Get-a-way Trips for teens were down significantly, so we will look into new programs for 2009. Finally, the agency offered a few new events throughout the summer: Bike-In Movies held at 3 municipal parks; the Nittany Valley Shakespeare Festival that offered live theater at Orchard Park and Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. The summer of 2008 was very busy and we look forward to 2009.

                                                          Beth C. Lee, Recreation Supervisor - Programs & Special Events

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Programs

Summer 2007

Summer 2008

Family Programs (# of registrants, including Birthday Parties)

155

111

Children’s Programs (# of registrants)

290

533

Camps, Events & Meetings (# of visitors)

989

734

Facility Rentals by Groups (# of visitors, including school rentals)

583

793

Group Programs *

2,206

2,365

TOTAL

4,223

4,536

* Some of these numbers were also included in the Winter/Spring 2008 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. Summer camps, including two Canoe Camps, Fly Fishing for Youth, and Wonderful Wetlands Camp, were very successful this year. MMNC also received a grant to offer a Youth Flyfishing for Bass Camp through the PA Fish and Boat Commission, which will be offered next summer. The Program Coordinator and two summer interns were instrumental in the success of the summer programs and the positive feedback the Recreation Supervisor received from families and groups.

                                                                             Molly A. Hetrick, Recreation Supervisor - Nature Center

Fitness & Sports

Summer 2007

Summer 2008

Youth Track Meets (4 meets)

Not offered

105

Youth Judo (new for Summer ‘08)

Not offered

13

Smart Start Soccer (youngster + parent)

116 (+ wait list 41)

80 (+ wait list 86)

Smart Start Golf (youngster + parent)

20

20 (+ wait list 1)

Smart Start Football (youngster + parent)

16

12

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

192 (+ wait list 10)

182 (+ wait list 2)

Adult Tennis Lessons

41 (+ wait list 28)

59 (+ wait list 21)

Coed Adult Outdoor Volleyball Program

20

18

Aerobic Workout for Adults

Not offered

22

Mind Body Tone for Adults

Not offered

25

Adult Softball League

270 (13 teams)

280 (14 teams)

TOTAL (not including wait lists)

675

816

The Start Smart programs continue to grow and will be expanded in 2009. We are looking into the possibility of expanding the Adult Outdoor Volleyball program to a league 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 2009.

                                                    Jeff R. Hall, Recreation Supervisor - Sports & Fitness

Centre Region Senior Center

Summer 2007

Summer 2007

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

1,228

1,562

Visits to Programs & Special Events (May - Aug)

6,862

7,786

Centre County Senior Games (June)

221

225

The method used to calculate program statistics has been revised. Prior to July 2008, the count included all OLLI program visits within the Centre Region. With CRPR Board approval, a new method was used starting in July which includes all Senior Center programs (at all locations) and only those OLLI programs hosted at the Senior Center.

This was the 20th year of offering the Centre County Senior Games. There were 225 participants enjoying the following sports: bocce, bowling, basketball hot shot, water volleyball, table tennis, softball throw, indoor walk, golf & outdoor walk.                                                                            Barbara Lindenbaum, Senior Center Director

Special Programs & Services

Summer 2007

Summer 2008

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

$39,304.25

$41,557.45

Picnic Pavilion Reservations (year-to-date)
(23 pavilions at 17 parks are available for reservation @ $35 / $40)

$28,857

$28,827

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

35

38

CRPR Touch-A-Truck Event

Approx. 325

Approx. 335

“Kids on Wheels” Parade (children & parents)

Approx. 250

Approx. 300

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

Approx. 450

Approx. 580

Bike-In Movie Nights (3 nights)

Not offered

210

Nittany Valley Shakespeare Festival in the Parks (7 Shows over 2 weekends)

Not offered

943

AQUATICS

Pool Season Passes (Prices R/N)

Park Forest

Welch

2007: Birth Year 1997-2005 ($39 / $59)
2008: Ages 2-10 ($40 / $60)

286
277

394
430

2007: Birth Year 1943-1996 ($54 / $81)
2008: Ages 11-64 ($55 / $83)

403
378

538
632

2007: Birth Year 1942 & earlier ($39 / $59)
2008: Ages 65+ ($40 / $60)

6
10

20
24

2007: 5th + Person ($24 / $36 per additional person)
2008: 5th + Person ($25 / $38 per additional person)

52
30

51
55

2007 Season Pass Sales
2008 Season Pass Sales

751
695

1,003
1,141

2007 Ten Visit Pack ($36)
2008 Ten Visit Pack ($40.50)

29
13

58
55

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

Park Forest

Welch

2007: Daily & Group Admissions ($3.50/$4.00 & $3.25)
2008: Daily & Group Admissions ($4.00/$4.50 & $3.50)

$16,250
$13,677

$38,147
$40,114


Outdoor Pool Visits

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

Instructional & Competitive Visits
(Not including Swim Meets)

TOTAL VISITS

Park Forest 2007
Park Forest 2008

13,667
11,187

6,727
5,620

20,394
16,807

Welch 2007
Welch 2008

23,352
24,906

7,670
6,409

31,022
31,315

Total 2007
Total 2008

37,019
36,093

14,397
12,029

51,416
48,122


Note that Park Forest Pool closed for the summer on 3 Aug 08 to permit the pool renewal to proceed as scheduled.

Youth Swim Lessons

2007

2008

Park Forest Pool

128 (+ wait list 32)

117 (+ wait list 9)

Welch Pool

193 (+ wait list 15)

164 (+ wait list 29)

High School Natatorium

238 (+ wait list 27)

95 (+ wait list 18)

Total Swim Lesson Registrations

559

376


Special Aquatic Programs

Summer 2007

Summer 2008

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

81
+ wait list 30

69
+ wait list 43

Swim Team - Park Forest Pool

147

142

Swim Team - Welch Pool

157

151

CPR Recertification

48

37

ARC Lifeguarding Recertification

13

12

Youth Triathlon

84

80

“Family Fun Nights” at the pools - 4 events

480 +

700 +

Total

1,010

1,191

The summer weather for 2008 was fantastic for operating swimming pools. Operations were smooth and the patrons are excited about the upcoming pool projects. The Park Forest ‘Closing Ceremony’ was a great success and construction is underway of the new facility. The “Family Fun Nights” at the pools were again very successful and will be continued in 2009.                                                                                               Todd A. 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 Summer 2008 include:

STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH

Sunset Park: A new tot fire engine has been installed in the playground and two fitness areas (one for adults and one for youth) have been completed.

• COLLEGE TOWNSHIP

Spring Creek Park: The addition to the maintenance building has been completed.

Fogleman Fields: A new restroom / storage building was constructed and an automatic irrigation system for the three athletic fields has been installed. The irrigation system was funded by the Centre Soccer Association.

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center: A 1,200 foot addition to the boardwalk was completed - thanks to funding provided by a Growing Greener grant to Penn State University.

• HARRIS TOWNSHIP

Kaywood Park: A new composite play structure has been installed.

Fasick Park: A new tot swing and belt swings have been installed.

Blue Spring Park: The older play equipment has been replaced with a “web” climber.

• FERGUSON TOWNSHIP

Tudek Park: The construction of an additional pavilion, two tennis courts and a parking area is now underway. An additional horse pasture was constructed.

Suburban Park: New playground equipment has been purchased and will be installed.

• PATTON TOWNSHIP

Circleville Park: Another addition is planned to begin this fall. New facilities will include an adult softball field, another pavilion, sand volleyball courts, bocce courts, more parking and additional walking paths.

                                                                                                Greg L. Roth, Parks Supervisor

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