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CENTRE REGION
PARKS & RECREATION

State College, PA

1971

  • The development of a master site plan for Walnut Spring Park in the borough.
  • Park improvements made at Smithfield in the Borough.
  • New picnic shelter for Woodycrest Park in Patton Township.
  • Department is co-host of the 24th Annual State Conference of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society.
  • Park improvements made at South Hills in the Borough.
  • Women’s volleyball, adult badminton, open gym, and biddy basketball introduced at the new Park Forest Junior High School.
  • The establishment of a model airplane class for elementary students.
  • Pre-school gymnastics and swimming lessons offered.
  • State College Open Swim Meet conducted for the first time at the Park Forest Pool.
  • Youngsters from area parks won the Jim Thorpe Junior Olympics team championship in Carlisle, PA.
  • Original production of “Johnny Appleseed” presented in area parks.
  • Borough budget - $59,815. Township - $33,685.

1972

  • Construction of Tusseyview Park in the Borough.
  • Completion of site plans for Walnut Spring Park in the Borough and for Central Park in Harris Township.
  • Completion of Phase II development plan for Spring Creek Park in College Township.
  • Completion of the Centre Regional Recreation Open Space Plan.
  • Program established for the tenth and eleventh grade students offering job training, summer employment, and personal recreation opportunities.
  • Junior Model Airplane Club established.
  • New programs offered for girls in softball and basketball.
  • Borough budget - $66,140. Township - $60,324.

1973

  • Completion of Tusseyview Park in the Borough.
  • Construction of final development phase of Spring Creek Park in College Township.
  • Construction of Suburban Park in Ferguson Township.
  • Establishment of Citizen’s Advisory Committee.
  • Acquisition of land for park purposes in Ferguson and Harris Townships.
  • Completion of State College Area Aquatics Study.
  • Community Appearance Award from the Community Appearance and Design Review Board for Central Parklet.
  • Borough budget - $72,351. Township - $66,796.

1974

  • Dedication of Spring Creek Park in College Township.
  • Dedication of Suburban Park in Ferguson Township.
  • Renovation of Smithfield Park in the Borough.
  • Park Mobile Service to Baileyville and Graysdale.
  • Site plans for Country Place, Fairbrook, Kaywood, and Nittany View Parks.
  • Completion of a five-year capital improvement program for facilities.
  • Borough budget - $78,836. Township - $93,655.

1975

  • Park Mobile Service extended to High Point, Country Place, and Park Hills.
  • Senior Citizen’s Horseshoe Tournament conducted.
  • Teen dances provided.
  • Evening movies at Spring Creek Park introduced.
  • Municipal budget support - $162,412.

1976

  • Reconstruction and lighting of tennis courts at Community Field.
  • University’s student chapter of the American Society of Engineers constructed a covered bridge at Spring Creek Park.
  • Junior Women’s Club developed a wood chips trail in Walnut Spring Park.          
  • Eagle Scout, Mike Williams, built a bridge at Walnut Spring Park.
  • Houserville Women’s Club purchased a flag pole for Spring Creek Park.
  • Eagle Scout, Nigel Wilson, controlled an erosion problem at Fairbrook Park.
  • The University, in cooperation with the department, developed an exercise-jogging trail at Sunset Park.
  • Municipal budget support - $177,449. Municipal pool support - $24,777.

1977

  • 50th Anniversary of Holmes-Foster Park.
  • Hearings held on the financial plight of the two outdoor swimming pools.
  • “The Adventure of Robin Hood” was put on by the Dream Makers Children’s Repertory Theatre.
  • CDT Mile Race conducted.
  • Unicycle instructions offered in region.
  • Evening with nature programs offered at Walnut Springs Park.
  • Municipal budget support - $186,259. Municipal pool support - $29,678.

1978

  • The 25th Anniversary banquet for the State College Area Senior Citizen’s Club.
  • Edie Herron named the Department Volunteer of the Year for her work at Walnut Springs Park.
  • A gift from the State College Women’s Club for money to purchase thermal blankets at the Park Forest Pool to save on heat cost.
  • The first Hershey’s National Track and Field Event.
  • The first Centre Region Kite Festival.
  • The establishment of COG of the Centre Region Recreation Facility Task Force to study the need of a year-round recreation facility.
  • The $33,000 HCRS Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant for a multipurpose athletic field in Orchard Park in the Borough of State College.
  • The $20,000 HCRS Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant for the development of a tennis court at Kaywood Park and the correction of a drainage problem at Blue Spring Park in Harris Township.
  • The $15,000 HCRS Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant for tennis courts development at Green Hollow Park in Patton Township.
  • Municipal budget support - $194,134. Municipal pool support - $51,020.

1979 

  • Reptile and Amphibian Programs offered by Shaver’s Creek Nature Center in a number of neighborhood parks.
  • Pitch, Hit, and Run sponsored by Burger King and the National Recreation and Park Association was conducted at Spring Creek Park.
  • The Wham-O National Frisbee and Hula Hoop Contest was held at Sunset Park.
  • Municipal budget support - $207,995. Municipal pool support - $41,530.

1980

  • 30th Anniversary dinner honoring former Parks and Recreation Director, John Dittmar.
  • Charter certificates presented to College Township Seniors, Sunset Club, Pine Grove Mills Senior Citizens, and Boalsburg Senior Citizens.
  • New Easter Egg Hunt established at Green Hollow Park.
  • Arts and Crafts exhibit held at Sunset Park.
  • New programs in sailing and canoeing offered.
  • New youth and adult tennis leagues started.
  • New maintenance storage building acquired.
  • 200 attended annual fall banquet of the State College Area Senior Citizens Club.
  • James S. Kline receives the Theodore Martin Johnson Memorial Soccer Award.
  • Trail system improvements made at Walnut Spring Park.
  • Playground improvements made at Kaywood and Dalevue Parks.
  • Municipal budget support - $214,0444. Municipal pool support - $46,415.

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