The mission of the Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority is to serve Centre Region residents of all ages throughout the year with a variety of recreation opportunities and access to facilities to enrich their lives through participation in programs, facility use, provision of leadership resources and technical assistance, and serving the participating municipalities' residents and groups.
The Authority membership includes five municipalities--the Borough of State College and the Townships of College, Ferguson, Harris, and Patton--and the State College Area School District. Each municipality appoints one volunteer representative to serve a five-year term on the Authority, plus one representative from the State College Area School District who is appointed by State College Borough Council. In October 2011, the five participating municipalities re-authorized the future of the Authority for January, 2012 through December, 2061.
The 2020 Authority members are pictured above (from left to right): Bill Keough, Vice-Chair (Ferguson Township), Kathy Matason, Chairperson (College Township), Tom Daubert (State College Borough), and Cindy Solic, Secretary (Patton Township). Diane Ishler, Treasurer (Harris Township) and Shannon Messick (SCASD) are not pictured.
2021 Authority Members
|Name||Municipality||Volunteer Service||Term Expiration|
|Cindy Solic, Secretary||Patton Township||February 2018-Present||December 2021|
|Bill Keough, Vice Chair||Ferguson Township||January 2019-Present||December 2023|
|Tom Daubert, Treasurer||State College Borough||May 2020-Present||December 2025|
|Bruce Lord||Harris Township||January 2021-Present||December 2025|
|Kathy Matason, Chair||College Township2005||2005-Present||December 2021|
|Shannon Messick||State College Area School District||July 2014-Present||December 2021|
The Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at 12:15 PM for their regular meeting, which is open to the public; during the colder months, the meetings are typically held in the CRCOG Building’s Forum Room but are being held via Zoom at this timeduring the warmer months, the Authority will rotate its meeting to various parks and facilities throughout the region. The Authority’s agendas, meeting minutes, and meeting schedule are posted HERE.
Additionally, the Authority meets jointly with the CRCOG Parks Capital Committee and that quarterly meeting is typically the second Thursday of January, April, July, and October. These meetings are held in the CRCOG Building’s Forum Room at 12:15 PM, and the meeting is open to the public; however, at this time, these meetings are being held virutally via Zoom. The CRCOG Parks Capital Committee oversees work with our regional facilities, including the regional parks. The Joint Meeting’s agendas, meeting minutes, and meeting schedule are posted HERE.
The Authority and Agency staff set goals via the approved 2020 Centre Region Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Comprehensive Study's Action Plan.
Additionally, the Authority operates using the 2014 Authority By-Laws which provide direction for policy and procedure.
Many members of the Authority also participate in their municipality's Parks and Recreation Committee; this dual service provides a great conduit between the Authority/Agency and the municipality. Typically, information that is shared includes Capital Improvement Projects, timelines of various park improvements, recommended programming for the community, policies and procedures, and more. You can find more information about your municipality's Parks and Recreation Committee HERE.
We also have an extensive history of the department located in our History section. There are year-by-year details and milestones contained in this History section.
To read more about Centre Region Parks and Recreation and current accomplishments and newsworthy items, please visit our News and Updates page.
To see the list of 80+ volunteers who have served on the CRPR Authority since its inception, click HERE. Thank you to everyone who has served