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Centre Region Parks & Recreation
2009 Goals & Work Plan

(not listed in priority)


Provide effective, efficient and safe program & facility operations within the approved budget.

Promote the benefits and availability of local recreation opportunities in parks and programs.

• Continue to encourage and promote volunteer opportunities in programs and parks.

Continue to incorporate and build on the various features of Internet-based Active.Net service.

Continue to support the COG Parks Capital Committee regarding funding for “regional” P&R operations & capital projects.

• Continue agency website maintenance & promotion.

• Study and report on agency maintenance facilities and storage requirements.

Program Operations:

Camps, Leagues, Fitness, Special Events

Continue to add new programs and special events to seek more participants.

Improve overall job effectiveness, including improved promotion of programs and finding alternate sites for programs.

Develop a long range plan for leagues and fitness classes, including a yearly schedule.

• Improve the electronic newsletters and service evaluation surveys to customers.

• Obtain more business & community sponsors to help support programs and special events.

Develop an agency logo to provide a brand image that is recognizable in the community.

Park Operations

• Focus on efficient scheduling (per the 2009 Project Schedule), completion and evaluation of park maintenance tasks and special projects.

• Continue installing bollards and other control devices to protect pavilions and park areas from vehicle access / damages.

• Continue the playground safety inspections and work with the host municipalities to improve the play areas.

• Complete the PCC projects per the grant contract and work to improve the Park Partner program.

Continue upgrading sportfield turf to provide better and safer playing surfaces.

Senior Center

Expand the variety of programs offered while maintaining the high quality of current programs; expand resident participation.

Develop a yearly schedule of special projects and recurring tasks to coordinate responsibilities and provide more efficient services.

Continue to develop financially self-supporting programs to supplement the free, core programs and reduce municipal costs.

Seek to restore the full 50% county funding share for operations.

Nature Center

• Continue to develop and promote new programs, special events, facility rentals, Friends memberships and operational donations.

• Continue work on the Capital Campaign; work with the Director and Authority on the final planning and construction of the Spring Creek Education Building.

• Complete the improved parking areas and the Wetlab project.

• Develop, purchase and install property signs (interpretive, regulatory and informational). Install bulletin boards at trailheads and parking area entrance.

Install boardwalk enhancements (benches, signs, etc.) and extensions as funds permit.


Continue to operate safe, clean & fun pools and programs.

Explore and implement new/updated programs & special events for aquatics, including programming possibilities for the renewed pools.

Focus on bathhouse & pool office housekeeping by summer staff.

Park Forest Pool Renewal

Complete the pool construction and open the pool as scheduled.

Transition to the operations and opportunities provided by the new facilities.

Complete the state grant process for the project.

Welch Pool Renewal

• Finalize the approval of necessary agreements between SCASD and CRRA / COG.

Complete the Master Site Plan and the state grant process for the project

• Develop detailed construction documents to bid out the project to contractors in June 2009; start construction in August 2009.

COG Parks Capital Committee

• Complete the Master Site Plan process for the Oak Hall parklands.

Begin the Master Site Plan process for the Whitehall Road parklands (with state grant assistance).

• Based upon the estimated costs of the two Master Site Plans, prepare a recommendation regarding 2010+ municipal contributions for Regional Parks. (The development of the 2010 Budget Proposal begins in June.)

• Continue work with the Authority as the construction phase for each pool moves forward.

• Coordinate with the Authority as the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Capital Campaign moves through the Construction Phase.

• Work with Harris Township as they develop a proposal to assure the continued operation of the Hess Softball Field Complex.

• Assist with the development and review of a COG-wide Capital Projects Plan.

The CRPR Authority is a publicly-funded, municipal agency serving 5 municipalities since 1966. The Authority also maintains 501c3 status.
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