5/26: Coronavirus Update

5/26:  COVID-19 UPDATE: 

NOTE:  The Centre County Commissioners voted today, 5/26, to make the recommendation to Governor Wolf that Centre County moves into the "green status" on Friday, May 29, as part of Governor Wolf's Red/Yellow/Green reopening plan.  The Governor still needs to make that final announcement, and our Agency is watching for that information.  In the meantime, we are formulating our "green status" planning and will be posting updated information on this page, as well as our News & Updates page, and on our social media pages.  Please know that not all facilities will be open on the first day of the "green status" as we'll need to finalize our COVID-19 safety plans.  When that information is available, we will continue to post it for you.  In the meantime, our plans and protocols remain in place while we finish "yellow status."

Centre Region Parks and Recreation (CRPR) staff have been closely following Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 Red/Yellow/Green plan regarding re-openings as the coronavirus continues to affect our local community.  At this time, Centre County is in yellow status which changes some of the operations within the local and regional parks.  The Agency has actively worked with the local municipalities and our parent organization, Centre Region Council of Governments (COG), to create a plan to best serve our customers, our employees, and the community as a whole.

Despite the yellow status, none of the Agency’s programming, events, or leagues will be operating.  Our programming, events, camps and other activities remain canceled through June 30.  We are continually watching for additional information from the Governor, the PA Department of Health, and the CDC as we await information on how green status will be achieved.  Until then, none of our programming will re-start.

Below is an update on our local and regional facilities and what will be open or what will remain closed during the County’s yellow status:

Parks with Restrooms

All restroom buildings will open Monday, May 11.  Porta-johns have been delivered already to other local parks that do not have restroom facilities.  Restrooms at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center will re-open on this date as well.  A porta-john is also on-site already at this facility.

Parks with Water Fountains

For the safety of our residents, water fountains in all parks will remain closed until we reach green status.  Water fountains will not be active and will be bagged and signed as “closed.”  Families visiting the parks should bring their own water, and if using plastic water bottles, families should be sure to recycle those bottles!

Sport Courts and Fields

Sports fields and courts will open on Monday, May 11 for drop-in use; however, while in yellow status, groups of 25 or less are welcome for drop-in use.  No organized youth or adult sports groups, large events, tournaments, or leagues will be allowed onto the sports fields or courts.   Please be cognizant of field conditions when visiting the parks; after heavy rains, field use is not permitted until the fields are dry.

EXCEPTION: The basketball courts at all State College Borough parks will remain closed while in yellow status.  Please contact Borough Police if residents see anyone using these courts. 

Parks with Pavilions

Starting Monday, May 11, park pavilions will be available for drop-in use only during yellow status.  Families or small groups of 25 or less can drop-in to the pavilions for small, informal gatherings.  Use of pavilions cannot be guaranteed because reservations are not available at this time, only drop-in use. While visiting a pavilion, masks are recommended and patrons should sit apart from each other, using the social distancing guidelines.

Playgrounds

During yellow status, ALL playgrounds in Centre Region parks and on State College Area School District facilities remain closed for the safety of our patrons.  Playgrounds will not open until Centre County reaches green status.

Park Trails

Park trails remain open during yellow status.  Trail users should continue to spread out using social distancing guidelines, and everyone should wear protective masks.   

If you are visiting a park and see groups with more than 25 people using facilities, please notify your local Police Department via their non-emergency number to report the incident.  Please be sure to report the time of day and the name of the park.  Patton Township residents should contact Patton Township Police.  Ferguson Township residents should contact Ferguson Township Police.  College Township, Harris Township, and Borough residents should contact State College Borough Police.  Centre Region Parks and Recreation does not handle enforcement; only your local police officers can address these issues.

Centre Region Parks and Recreation along with municipal officials remind everyone to keep practicing social distancing and good hygiene during this time.  Besides bringing water with you to the parks, please bring hand sanitizer or non-toxic wipes for small children for before or after play, or plan to utilize the restrooms for hand-washing needs.  All porta-johns in the parks without restroom facilities have hand-sanitizer units in them.  Please dispose of any used masks, gloves, or wipes in proper containers.

The Active Adult Center at Nittany Mall will remain closed until the County reaches green status.  The boardwalk and trails at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center remain open between dawn and dusk.  The Park Forest and Welch Community Pools will not open until Centre County reaches green status, and the pools will only open if they can be operated with all COVID-19 safety protocols in place while being financially solvent. 

We will continue to work with staff, the COG, and the municipalities to assess the situation, evaluate facility needs, and consider the health and safety of our community members. If Centre County reverts to red status, we will notify the public of any facility closures as soon as possible.

For participants who have been affected by program cancellations, the Agency has instituted a Flexible Refund Policy which is currentlyResidents can read more about this information below.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 814-231-3071 or crpr@crcog.net. Staff are checking email frequently and returning phone calls at least every other day.  

Offices
All Centre Region Parks and Recreation offices, including Millbrook Marsh Nature Center and the Active Adult Center, are closed to visitors until further notice; however, our offices are now staffed on a rotational basis. If you need staff assistance, please call or email us at the contact information below. If you have paperwork to be dropped off, we do have a drop box at the main office located at 2040 Sandy Drive, Suite A.

CRPR Main Office: 814-231-3071, crpr@crcog.netSummer 2020 Brochure Cover
Millbrook Marsh: 814-235-7819, mmnc@crcog.net
Active Adult Center: 814-231-3076, activeadults@crcog.net


Programs & Events
All programs and events through June 30, including State College Area Municipal Band concerts, have been cancelled or postponed in order to follow the mandated closures set forth by Governor Tom Wolf and the recommendations by the Centre Region Council of Governments, PA Department of Health, and the CDC. If you were registered for a program that is affected by this closure, you will receive a phone call and/or email detailing your options moving forward. We have implemented a temporary refund policy, outlined below, to provide flexible options to all registrants.

At this time, the Summer 2020 Active Guide will be released on June 1 when summer program registration will open.  At this time, the Agency is very busy working to schedule programs for July and August while looking to expand programming for the fall months.  Staff are also working on decisions related to park facilities and pool operations.  Thank you for your patience during this time.

Pools
Staff are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and assess the prospects for opening Welch and Park Forest Pools this summer; the pools will open only when we reach green status and only if they can be financially solvent. The early bird discount of $10 off all resident season passes has been extended through May 31. In the event the pools do not open, all 2020 season pool passes will be refunded in full. 

Temporary Refund Policy
In order to best serve our customers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Centre Region Parks and Recreation is instituting a temporary refund policy to offer additional options to program registrants. This policy will be in place through August 31, and until the Agency deems that it is no longer needed, based on active cases in the community and recommendations from the Centre Region Council of Governments, the PA Department of Health and the CDC.

If you are registered for a program that is cancelled, you may:

1. Receive a voucher for the amount of your registration to be used during the 2020 calendar year
2. Receive a full refund to the credit card used or via check

If you are registered for a program that is postponed, you may:

1. Follow the adjusted schedule and continue your enrollment in the program
2. Cancel your registration and receive a voucher for the amount of your registration to be used during the 2020 calendar year (or receive a prorated amount if the program has already started)
3. Cancel your registration and receive a full refund to the credit card used or via check (or receive a prorated amount if the program has already started)

If you are registered for a rescheduled program and you feel ill or wish to cancel even though the program is running, you may:

1. Skip any dates that you feel ill and receive a prorated voucher or refund for those dates
2. Cancel your registration and receive a voucher for the amount of your registration to be used during the 2020 calendar year (or receive a prorated amount if the program has already started)
3. Cancel your registration and receive a full refund to the credit card used or via check (or receive a prorated amount if the program has already started)

If you have a pavilion or facility reservation from now through August 31:

1. You may reschedule your reservation for another available date in 2020; the Revision Fee will be waived
2. You may cancel your reservation for a full refund; the Cancellation Fee will be waived

If you have a wedding reservation at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center from now through August 31:

1. You may reschedule your reservation for another available date through July 31, 2021; the Revision Fee will be waived
2. You may cancel your reservation for a full refund; the Cancellation Fee will be waived and the deposit will be refunded

All administrative fees for cancellations are waived while the temporary refund policy is in place. The temporary refund policy currently affects all programs and rentals scheduled through August 31. This may be extended if the need arises.

Please note, if you are enrolled in a program that is cancelled or postponed, you will receive notice via email or phone call with options specific to your program. We will continue to monitor staff and instructor health and additional cancellations may be needed should illness occur. Re-opening of facilities and programs is yet to be determined and will be based on the State College Area School District schedule, facility availability, staff health, direction from the Governor, and on recommendations from the Centre Region Council of Governments, PA Department of Health and the CDC.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 814-231-3071 or crpr@crcog.net. Thank you.



On-Going:  Our new registration software, RecDesk is up and running!  If you haven't yet created your new account, please do so.  If you purchased pool passes from us in the old system, we will transfer that information to your new houshold, once you have created it.  You can set up your account in by visiting crpr.redesk.com. To create your account, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit https://crpr.recdesk.com
  2. Click "Create Account"
  3. Fill in your name, phone, and email
  4. Click "Continue"
  5. Fill in all required fields
  6. Choose your username (we suggest you use your email) and password
  7. Click "Submit"!

You can also find video instructions on the RecDesk YouTube channel.

Once you create your household account, you can also complete the Health & Safety Form for each child if they will be participating in camp or other programs that require it.  Summer camp registration is open and you are able to register for camps in RecDesk. Please note, all other programs in the Winter/Spring Active Guide will remain in the current registration system so please continue to register for these programs as you normally would. We will transition all programs to RecDesk for the Summer Active Guide.

Need assistance? Don't worry! Our staff is here to help with every step. Please contact us Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM at 814-231-3071, crpr@crcog.net.  Please remember that our offices at 2040 Sandy Drive, Suite A in State College remain closed at this time.