Also see: Employee Acheivement Awards 1993-2004
renovation of the Park Forest Pool in Patton Township.
adoption of the Walnut Springs Park Master Plan.
credit card payment system was established for program
dedication of Lederer Park in the Borough of State College.
installation of a plaque at the Park Forest Pool in honor
of the late Dr. Edward Fagan.
establishment of the Ridge and Valley Outing Club.
cooperative efforts of the Office of Aging, State College
Area YMCA, and the Department in the sponsoring of the
1991 Senior Games.
a computerized system (the SportsLog database) for program
registration that resulted in a faster response time
and better storage of data.
grant applications for Ferguson and Harris Townships
for park improvements under the PA Recreation Improvement
and Rehabilitation Act.
the day camp program. Combined day camp programs resulting
in decreasing the department costs while improving the
quality of the program.
the Department Youth Sports Policy to bring better direction
for the department’s involvement in these activities.
55/Alive Safe Driving Program developed by AARP at the
Centre Region Senior Citizens’ Center.
a committee to study the feasibility of developing a
regional hike-bike facility.
a new method of rating parks according to the condition
of installed equipment resulting in our identification
of those parks that need their equipment upgraded.
new play equipment and renovated the game field area
in Woodycrest Park.
new play equipment in Homestead Park and the establishment
of a game field.
lighting at Welch Pool that resulted in better visibility
for evening swim meets.
increase in the youth soccer program.
included 3rd graders in our youth softball
program and increased participation by 39%.
increase in the number of youth who participated on the
Welch and Park Forest Swim Teams.
Recreation Improvement and Rehabilitation Grants for
the Borough of State College and the townships of College
and Harris totaling $87,965.
a Remembrance Tree Program for implementation in 1994.
The purpose of the Remembrance Tree Program is to replace
or add trees to parks and recreation areas in need in
the Borough of State College, College Township, Ferguson
Township, Harris Township, Patton Township, and to give
the donor the opportunity to remember a loved one or
Division devised a method for automatically introducing
chlorine into Welch Pool to meet standards when chemical
pumps cannot keep up due to swim load and weather.
Division established three new programs: Club Adventure
- designed especially to meet the needs of active 7th and
8th graders. Step Aerobics - a fitness program
for adults, and an Adult Basketball League. In addition,
a cooperative arrangement was established with the State
College Area School District Food Service to provide
a well-balanced, nutritious noon meal for youngsters
attending Adventure Park Day Camp.
the wellness programs at the Senior Center to include:
Line Dancing, Yoga, and Ballroom dancing. Also hosted
the Senior Games in which 120 people participated.
Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority received a $2,500
RIRA Grant as prepared by the staff of the Centre Regional
Planning Commission to conduct a Feasibility Study to
determine the viability of converting a Railroad right-of-way
to a pedestrian/bicycle trail.
Tom Tudek Memorial Park in Ferguson Township was dedicated
and opened to the general public.
the Borough of State College and the Townships of College
and Harris with grant applications under the Recreation
Improvement and Rehabilitation Program. One grant was
approved for $40,000 for the renovation of Central Parklet
in the Borough of State College.
Remembrance Tree Program was implemented and allows residents
to remember a loved one or event by donating a tree to
park or recreation areas. Some $2,000 has been received
for planting new trees in the short period that the program
has been in operation.
leadership, facilities, and scheduling for some sixty
organized recreation programs that reached some 12,000
people of all ages.
Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority established a Hike-Bike
Trail Committee which led to the Council of Governments
approval of applying for a planning grant for doing a
feasibility study on a Hike-Bike Trail. The planning
staff obtained the grant for the study which is now underway.
year-round aquatic program was offered to the residents
of the Centre Region at the H.S. Natatorium, and the
Welch and Park Forest Pool. Some 1,033 youngsters participated
in the American Red Cross Lesson Program at these facilities.
programs that promoted the mental wellness of older adults
at the Centre Region Senior Citizen’s Center.
a Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund Community
Grant for the Borough of State College for $100,000 for
the acquisition of additional park land for Orchard Park.
a Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund Community
Grant for Harris Township for $20,000 for play equipment
for Nittany View Park.
discussion with Penn State University on leasing University
land for a Regional Nature Center.
a Program Award from the Pennsylvania Recreation and
Park Society for the Department’s Friday
Night Bowling Program for individuals with disabilities.
tennis lessons for area youth from 170 in 1994 to 300
attendance at Fast Pitch Clinic from 26 in 1994 to 52
500 youngsters in the Youth Softball Program for the
In-Line Skating instruction for youth.
Wee Adventure Day Camp which accommodated 64 more youngsters
than were accommodated in 1994.
21 Rec-Park Majors with leadership training opportunities.
Community of Life Long Learning Program at the Senior
Center to enhance educational opportunities at the center.
Growing Wiser Program dealing with issues of mental wellness
at the Senior Center.
two new programs at the Senior Center: Tap dancing and
a full-time Aquatic Supervisor for the agency.
computer networked the two outdoor pools with the main
office so that program registration could be done at
all three locations.
1,500 youngsters participated in the American Red Cross
swim lesson program conducted by our aquatic staff.
several items of play equipment in area parks that did
not meet U.S. Consumer Product Safety Standard.
Division increased landscaping services to area parks.
Concert Series started with Music Performance Trust Fund
Local #660 and Downtown State College, Inc.
a Recreation and Conservation Fund Community Grant for
the Borough of State College for $12,000 for the Orchard
Park Extension Site Plan.
Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority prepares a lease
agreement with the Pennsylvania State University for
their Farm 12 site and the Millbrook Marsh Wetlands Area
for the development of a Nature Center.
agency received several awards at the 49th Annual
Conference of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society
which was held at the Penn State Scanticon from March
10-13. Director Robert H. Ayer received the Fred M. Coombs
Honor Award. Recreation Supervisor, Kimberly Guadagnolo
received the Outstanding New Professional Award; and
Senior Center Director, Barbara Lindenbaum received a
program award for the Senior Center’s Community
of Life Long Learning Program.
cooperation with State College Area School District’s
Community Education Department, a new program called “Sports
and Shorts” was started this summer. It allowed
participants to take academic subjects in the morning
and attend our Day Camp in the afternoon.
was an increase of 85 participants in the Senior Games
this year over 1995. Some 225 older adults participated
in 10 sporting events in this year’s games.
cooperation with the Centre Region Planning Agency, the
Centre Region Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail Feasibility Study
was completed by the Sear-Brown Group.
Pharo, Manager of the State College Municipal Band, was
named by the Department as their Volunteer of the Year
and was honored at the Centre County Council of Human
Services Volunteer Dinner in April.
Department received a check for $4,153 for flood damage
at Spring Creek Park from the Federal Emergency Management
Agency. This allowed our maintenance personnel to repair
the damage to the park in the spring.
Park Supervisor in charge of maintenance, Gregory Roth,
was certified as a Playground Safety Inspector.
loan for the renovations of our outdoor pool facilities
H. Ayer retires as Director of Parks & Recreation.
J. Woodhead appointed as new Director of Centre Region
Parks and Recreation.
Region COG, in cooperation with Centre Regional Recreation
Authority and Clearwater Conservancy, leased the 62-acre “Farm
12" from Penn State for the development of Millbrook
Marsh Nature Center. Planning for improvements, as well
as initial public programs, were started during 1997.
new agency office (relocated in August to Fraser Plaza Suite #3) provides
more effective services for both residents and staff.
the CRPR Strategic Planning Process, to conclude in 1998,
with a Resident Survey on Parks, Recreation, and Open
Projects in municipal parks: In
September, PNC Bank / United Way Day-of-Caring volunteers
completed many important maintenance jobs at 7 municipal
park sites, including Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.
In addition, CRPR worked with 350 youth (ages 14-18)
during the July L.D.S. Youth Fellowship Conference to
complete 12 projects at 9 sites.
agency convened an informal coalition of volunteer sport-group
representatives known as the Centre Region Sport Council
to assist in reviewing the operation of existing athletic
facilities and providing suggestions for improvements.
work with SCASD Community Education in offering in-service
day and special event programs at schools and at Millbrook
Marsh Nature Center (Educational / Recreational Activity
Days, Art in August, Summer Regional School of Excellence,
and “Shorts and Sports”, a cooperative program
in conjunction with our summer day camp)
1st Annual Spring Spruce-Up Day was held within Centre
Region municipal parks in connection with Earth Day and
other community groups from Centre County to schedule
Spring clean-up events within the region.
developed (introduced) the Centre Region Park Partners
Program, a branch of the Gifts-For-Parks Program. This
program offers groups a way to be involved in preserving
the beauty of the Centre Region parks.
- The “PC
Learning Lab” was developed at the Centre Region
Senior Center. The 4-station lab was funded 100% by a
$17,000 grant from the PA. Dept. of Aging.
computer network hardware & software upgraded.
Supervised Summer Playground program was re-introduced
at 5 neighborhood municipal park sites. The “Kids
Club Supervised Playground Program” was offered
during the summer of 1998, and provided supervised recreational
activities for youngsters entering grades 3-8.
a $71,573 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency to create an interpretive wetland/water laboratory
and a Web Page for the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.
from the established of two endowments ($26,000.00 and
$12,500.00) through the Centre County Community Foundation
for the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.
the “All Aboard
for Millbrook” program to assist in funding
the construction of approximately 1,200 feet of boardwalks
and bridges at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.
addition of a Site Coordinator (seasonal, part-time)
at Millbrook was instrumental in the success of the Summer & Fall
1999 programs at the Nature Center.
46,334 individual visits to the Welch and Park Forest
Pools during their summer operating season.
picnic pavilion was constructed and the parking lot was
repaved at the Park Forest Community Swimming Pool. The
Welch Community Swimming Pool was sandblasted and repainted.
recognition from the State College Magazine operating
the Best Playground at
Holmes Foster Park and the Best
Park at Spring Creek Park.
transition of the SC Area Senior Citizens Club meeting
location from St. Andrews Church to the Centre Region
Senior Center, increasing the usage of the Senior Center & increasing
general awareness of the Center’s program offerings.
In addition, the center hosted 16,451 program visits,
an increase of 2,355 or 14% from the 14,096 visits in
the Remembrance Tree Program’s inception in 1994,
there have been 81 trees
planted in Centre Region park and recreation areas, and
over $12,000 donated
to the program. An engraved plastic tag is attached to
the donated trees displaying the donor’s name and
the type of tree. In addition, the donor receives a certificate
of participation in the program.
11,927 registrations for Centre Region Parks and Recreation
programs. This is an increase of 788 or 7% from 1998.
In particular, registrations for youth basketball rose
from 133 to 180, an increase of 35%.
over 2,000 discounted tickets for 18 amusement park areas,
zoos, aquariums, and historical sites. Funds from this
activity are used to pay for program registration costs
for individuals in need.
agency was responsible for the ongoing maintenance and
operation of 452 acres of park land, including 34 municipal
parks, 2 outdoor pools, the Centre Region Senior Center,
and the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. The agency acquired
a new park, Haymarket Park, located in Ferguson Township.
agency offered a total of 658 recreation programs for
youth, adults, and seniors. Most of these programs involved
more than one meeting (camps, leagues, swim lessons,
aerobics, etc.) and were held at sites that included
the parks, schools, pools, and the nature center. Accordingly,
CRPR coordinated a total of 31,119 program registrations
and 849 picnic pavilion reservations.
Centre Region Senior Center served 4,183 noon-time meals
and hosted 19,265 program visits during 2000. The number
of program visits in 2000 increased by 17% from 1999
and by 37% from 1998.
comprehensive agency website was developed, maintained,
and actively promoted during 2000. The site continues
to be updated almost daily, consists of over 110 web
pages, and covers all aspects of agency operations. Resident
response to the site has been outstanding; it provides
another means to “get the word out” about
CRPR services. www.CentreConnect.org/crpr
2000, Park Forest Community Pool and Wm. L. Welch Community
Pool hosted a total of 46,055 recreational visits during
the 100-day summer swim season. Not counting swim team
or swim class visits, an average of 460 people visited
the pools each day.
Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority proceeded with an
Aquatics Feasibility Study, in partnership with funding
assistance from the Commonwealth and the State College
Area Family YMCA. That study will be completed during
2001. A Pool Entrance Fee Survey and also a Resident
Survey was conducted. An aquatics consultant has recently
been retained to complete the study project.
Wicks was named recipient of the Theodore Martin Johnson
Memorial Soccer Award.
Marsh Nature Center hosted 3,290 visitors to programs
during the 7-month season at the facility. It should
also be noted that while municipal contributions totaled
$30,000 for 2000, private cash donations to the nature
center totaled $29,461 for the same period. The value
of donated professional services to the nature center
increases this amount by over $10,000. These facts reflect
the true public-private partnership that has been cultivated
since the center opened in 1997. This support has permitted
major improvements to the facilities during 2000 such
as the fire sprinkler system, structural repairs and
improvements, and interior lighting and visitor safety
Gifts-For-Parks Program, which seeks private donations
for park improvements, continues to thrive with three
Tree Program: A new brochure was produced for
this popular program. As of the end of 2000, a total
of 127 trees has been planted in municipal parks since
the program started in 1994. During 2000 alone, 31
Remembrance Trees were planted and $5,732 was donated
for tree purchases.
Partner Program: This program was started in
1998 and has grown to 8 municipal parks that have been “adopted” by
Donations: During 2000, private donations totaling
$6,200 were made for various enhancements to the parks,
pools, and programs.
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