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2009 Summer
Program Report

1 Jun 09 ~ 7 Sep 09

5 Oct 09
For presentation to the CRPR Board

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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 L. Roth, Parks Supervisor
Beth C. Lee, Rec. Supervisor - Programs & Spec. Events
Jeff R. Hall, Rec. Supervisor - Fitness & Sports
Molly A. Hetrick, Rec. Supervisor - Nature Center
Todd A. Roth, Aquatics Supervisor
Barbara Lindenbaum, Senior Center Supervisor (thru Aug)
Carol Clitherow, Acting Sr. Ctr. Supervisor (starting Sep. 1)

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
Diane Ishler, Office Manager

Centre Region Parks & Recreation . . . Summer 2009

Centre Region Parks & Recreation operates as a result of the ongoing cooperation of the five participating municipalities... with cooperation that has been “making smiles happen” for over 40 years. Our residents enjoy the opportunities that result from this cooperation; this report documents their participation. But 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 2008

Summer 2009

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

125 (7 weeks)
Average of 18 per wk.

135 (7 weeks)
Average of 19 per wk.

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

281 (7 weeks)
Average of 40 per wk.

252 (7 weeks)
Average of 36 per wk.

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

332 (7 weeks)
Average of 47 per wk.

389 (8 weeks)
Average of 49 per wk.

Camp Bill Theatre Camp (Shakespeare)

Not offered

15

Martial Arts & Culture Camp for Youth (3 weeks)

45

28

Wild Wednesday Getaways (weekly van trips, grades 6-8)

10

24

TOTAL

793

843

2009 was once again a very good year for summer day camps. Wee KIDVenture registrations exceeded up and CRPR was were able to provide another great summer of special events, theme weeks, and special moments for the 3-5 year olds that attended. KIDVenture Camp was able to run for 8 weeks at the Park Forest site and 7 weeks at the South High School South Building.  Both sites had super staff and enthusiastic campers. The Wild Wednesday Get-a-Way Field Trips for teens were popular this summer. We chose exciting destinations and ran 3 out of the 4 trips.  Finally, the addition of “Camp Bill”, a theatre camp offered in partnership with the Nittany Valley Shakespeare Festival, was a success for its first year.  We look forward to continuing that relationship to provide these terrific programs.
                                               
              Beth C. Lee, Recreation Supervisor - Programs & Special Events

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Programs

Summer 2008

Summer 2009

Family Programs (# of registrants, including Birthday Parties)

111

223

Children’s Programs (# of registrants)

533

321

Camps, Events & Meetings (# of visitors)

734

822

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

585

346

Group Programs

504

765

TOTAL

2,467

2,477

Summer was a successful season for the nature center with two Canoe Camps, the new Bass Fly Fishing for Youth Camp, the Trout Fly Fishing Camp, Wonderful Wetlands Camp and hosting two “Camp Bill” Theatre Camps. While camps were going on, the nature center also offered family programs, walks, adult programs, Discovery Days programs and children’s Birthday Parties. The Recreation Supervisor received a lot of positive feedback from families and groups. 
                                                     Molly A. Hetrick, Recreation Supervisor - Nature Center

Fitness & Sports

Summer 2008

Summer 2009

Youth Track Meets (Partnered with Rapid Transit)

105 (4 meets)

261 (5 meets)

Smart Start Soccer (youngster + parent)

80 (+ wait list 86)

90 (+wait list 6)

Smart Start Golf (youngster + parent)

20 (+ wait list 1)

12

Smart Start Football (youngster + parent)

12

Not offered

Smart Start Basketball (youngster + parent)

Not offered

24

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

182 (+ wait list 2)

132

Adult Tennis Lessons

59 (+ wait list 21)

43 (+wait list 2)

Coed Adult Outdoor Volleyball Program

18

19

Aerobic Workout for Adults

22

8

Mind Body Tone for Adults

25

14

Adult Softball League

280 (14 teams)

220 (11 teams)

TOTAL (not including wait lists)

803

823

During 2009, additional Start Smart programs were added and we will look to add more sports in 2010. The tennis lesson numbers were reduced thanks to the renovation of the High School’s “Community Court,” and we were not able to host as many lessons at Spring Creek Park. We will look to add an additional tennis site in 2010. Additional track meets may also be added in 2010.                                              Jeff R. Hall, Recreation Supervisor - Sports & Fitness

Centre Region Senior Center

Summer 2008

Summer 2009

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

1,562

1,647

Visits to Programs & Special Events (May - Aug)

7,786*

5,856*

Centre County Senior Games (June)

225

235

This was the 21st year of offering the Centre County Senior Games. There were 235 participants enjoying bocce, bowling, basketball hot shot, water volleyball, table tennis, softball throw, indoor walk, golf & outdoor walk.           

*The method used to calculate program statistics was revised. Prior to July 2008, the count included all OLLI program visits within the Centre Region. With CRPR Board approval, the new method includes all Senior Center programs (all locations) and only those OLLI programs hosted at the Senior Center.       
                                                               Carol Clitherow,, Senior Center Supervisor (Acting)

Special Programs & Services

Summer 2008

Summer 2009

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

$41,557

$40,838

Picnic Pavilion Reservations (year-to-date)
(23 pavilions at 17 parks available for reservation @ $40 / $45)

$28,827

$33,155

Sport Field Reservations (year-to-date, available at 17 parks)

$1,500

$2,975

Sport Pack Rentals (free with pavilion)

38

25

CRPR Touch-A-Truck Event

Approx. 335

Approx. 375

“Kids on Wheels” Parade (children & parents)

Approx. 300

Approx. 300

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

Approx. 580

Approx. 550

Bike-In Movie Nights

210 (3 nights)

300 (4 nights)

Nittany Valley Shakespeare Festival in the Parks (7 shows)

943

745 (w/ some rain)

AQUATICS

Pool Season Passes (Prices R/N)

Park Forest Pool

Welch Pool

2008

2009

2008

2009

Ages 0-2 Free

n / a

13

n / a

17

Ages 3-10 ($45 / $68)

277

458

430

365

Ages 11-64 ($60 / $90)

378

659

632

543

Ages 65+ ($45 / $68)

10

14

24

18

5th + Person ($25 / $38 per additional family member)

30

50

55

57

Total Pass Sales

695

1,194

1,141

1,000

Outdoor Pool Admissions
(Age 3-10, Age 11+, After 5 PM, Non-Swim Adult, Group)

Park Forest Pool

Welch Pool

2008

2009

2008

2009

Resident Admissions ($4, $5, $4, $2, $4)

$13,677

$64,493

$40,114

$27,183

Nonresident Admissions ($6, $7, $6, $2, n/a)

Same as R

$438

Same as R

$82

Total Daily Admissions

$13,677

$64,931

$40,114

$27,265

Outdoor Pool Visits

Park Forest Pool

Welch Pool

2008

2009

2008

2009

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

11,187

30,929

24,906

19,167

Instructional/Competitive Visits (not Swim Meets)

5,620

7,336

6,409

7,180

Total Visits (2008 = 48, 122       2009 = 64,612)

16,807

38,265

31,315

26,347

While total visits increased by 34% from 2008, the reduced attendance/interest at Welch Pool was evident. Note that (the old) Park Forest Pool closed for the summer on 3 Aug 08 to permit the pool renewal to proceed; the new facility opened on 13 Jun 09.

Youth Swim Lessons

2008

2009

Park Forest Pool

117 (+ wait list 9)

175 (+ wait list 11)

Welch Pool

164 (+ wait list 29)

134 (+ wait list 3)

High School Natatorium

95 (+ wait list 18)

196 (+ wait list 19)

Total Swim Lesson Registrations

376

505


Special Aquatic Programs

Summer 2008

Summer 2009

“Triple O” (One-On-One) Swim Lessons at Park Forest and Welch (4 Lessons / week, 6 sessions at each pool)

69
+ wait list 43

92
+ wait list 11

Swim Team - Park Forest Pool

142

180

Swim Team - Welch Pool

151

182

CPR Recertification

37

31

ARC Lifeguarding Recertification

12

15

Youth Triathlon

80

46

Total

491

546

“Family Fun Nights” at the pools - 4 events

700 +

400+

Hot Night Swims

3 nights

3 nights

Private Rentals at Park Forest Pool

6

7

Pavilion Reservations at Park Forest Pool

4 reservations

31 reservations

Overall, the summer weather for 2009 was poor for operating swimming pools, but the new Park Forest facility numbers and program numbers certainly didn’t suffer as a result. Operations were smooth and the patrons were excited about the new pool. The Park Forest ‘First Splash’ Ceremony was a great success, as was the Welch ‘Last Splash’ Ceremony.       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 2009 included:

Holmes-Foster Park - An additional swing set will be installed by the end of the year.

Sidney Friedman Park (formerly Central Parklet) - On August 18, Borough Council officially renamed the park in memory of Mr. Friedman. The installation of the stage and canopy has been completed.

Millbrook Marsh Nature Center - A 200 ft. expansion to the boardwalk has been completed and lighting will be installed in the wetlab this fall.

Fasick Park - A new recycling station for cans & plastic items is ready for use.

Tom Tudek Memorial Park - The park expansion which includes 2 tennis courts, a second pavilion, picnic area, 2 drinking fountains and additional parking has been completed. In addition, a preschool fun center will be installed in the fall to replace the dinosaur climber.

Circleville Park - The expansion to the park is complete with sand volleyball courts, an adult softball field, a new drinking fountain and additional parking.

Green Hollow Park & Oakwood Park - Both parks had backstops renovated.

Woodycrest Park - The backstops were renovated.                                 Greg L. Roth, Parks Supervisor

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

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