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Artist's ConceptThe WHITEHALL ROAD REGIONAL PARKLANDS
at 1954 Blue Course Drive
(future park address)
in Ferguson Township 
(Map of parklands)

UPDATE MARCH 2013:
• Acquisition (75-acres) 2008
• Acquisition (25-acres) 2011
• Updated Master Plan Approved 2013
• Phase 1 Construction - Planned for late-2014 and 2015
• Park Opens Spring or Fall of 2016

Whitehall Road Regional Park will be grand! Like all of CRPR parks, we want it to meet the needs of our patrons and this will be the park that stands out.  The Phase 1 amenities will included:

  • All grading, erosion and sediment control and stormwater management for the 75-acre parcel.
  • Parking areas
  • 8 rectangular sportfields and one rectangular practice field
  • 1 larger diamond-shaped softball or baseball field.
  • Regional playground area (Phase 1)
  • Basketball court
  • One large community pavilion
  • Phase 1 parking and related interior park roads
  • One set of restrooms with flush toilets and concession stand
  • Perimeter trail and interior walkways serving the Phase I facilities
  • A new Centralized Parks Maintenance Facility to serve the entire region.

The Phase 1 Construction Plan for Whitehall Road Regional Park (7 March 2014)... 

Phase 1 Plan

PHASE 1 FACILITIES: Click HERE or on the above plan to view a larger size image.
(1 MB PNG image file)

FUTURE FACILIITES PLAN for Whitehall Road Regional Park (7 March 2014) pending funding... 

Future Facility Plan

FUTURE FACILITIES: Click HERE or on the above plan to view a larger size image.
(1 MB PNG image file)


Project History...

Acquisition #1 (75-acres, May 2008)  (Map of parklands)

In 2006, the state announced that they would assist the COG in the purchase from Penn State of a 75-acre tract for future parklands near the intersection of Blue Course Drive and Whitehall Road.  In 2005 the lands were officially appraised at $15,000 per acre; the purchase price was $3,077 per acre. The acquisition was completed on 30 May 2008 and the parklands are now jointly owned by the Centre Region COG and Ferguson Township.

In total, the 75-acre parkland acquisition cost $249,506.24.  Funds for this purchase were provided by:
• The PA DCNR grant of $159,000 (Acquisition Project #BRC-ACQ-12-70).
• Ferguson Township provided the balance of $90,506.24

Master Site Plan (2008-2010):

On 21 Apr 08, the COG was notified that they would assist in funding a Master Site Plan for the entire 100-acre site (Project #BRC-TAG-13.6-589). A selection process then got underway for a consulting firm to prepare the plan (see below). The Master Site Plan was then developed.

On 23 Aug 2010, the COG General Forum approved the plan. The final cost of the plan was $63,332; 50% of which was paid by the state. The remaining cost of $31,666 was provided by the five participating municipalities.

Acquisition #2 (25-acres, May 2011) (Map of parklands)

In late-2012 the state announced that they would assist the COG in the purchase from Penn State of the final 25-acre tract for future parklands near the intersection of Blue Course Drive and Whitehall Road. That purchase occurred on 27 May 2011 and the parklands are now jointly owned by the Centre Region COG and Ferguson Township. In total, the 25-acre parkland acquisition cost $382,987.  In 2010, two appraisals established that the land was valued at $15,000 per acre, which also established the purchase price. 

Funds for this purchase were provided by:
• The PA DCNR grant provided $191,000 (Acquisition Project #BRC-ACQ-16-21).
• The Centre Region COG provided $134,237.
• Ferguson Township provided $57,750.

WHITEHALL ROAD Parkland - Master Plan Process 2008 - 2013
• The data collected by Master Site Planning Process in 2008 & 2009 for the Oak Hall Regional Parklands from meetings, surveys and interviews was also used to guide this plan. Click HERE to review that information.
CLICK HERE to review the 3 Concept Plans posted for comments.
Park Plan• You helped plan a Regional Park!   Park Planning Hearing #1 was held on for Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009, 7-9:00 PM
Residents were invited to help guide the development of the Master Site Plan for the new regional park (75 acres) off Whitehall Road near Blue Course Drive by attending the Park Planning Hearing on Wednesday, 21 Oct 09, 7:00-9:00 PM at the Centre Region COG Forum Room, 2643 Gateway Drive, State College, PA. This plan is intended to complement the Master Site Plan for the Oak Hall regional parklands.
Public Hearing Documents (for 21 Oct 09)
Compass• The Regional Parks Planning Committee met on Monday, 7 Dec 2009 to hear an update from the landscape architects on their work since the Planning Hearing held in October. Based on comments made at that meeting and received since that time, the first "Master Site Plan" was presented for comments. The draft Master Site Plan proposed the following facilities:
  • Diamond-shaped Sportfields (5) for softball or baseball, sized for youth and adult play
  • Rectangular Sportfields (11) for soccer, football, lacrosse, rugby, ultimate frisbee, field hockey
  • 2 Core Service Areas with picnic pavilions, playground areas and restrooms
  • Tennis Complex (12 courts total)
  • 3 parking areas with drop-off zones
  • Community Garden area
  • Dog Park area
  • Preserved woodlot
  • Perimeter walking path
  • Parks Maintenance Area and Tree Nursery
  • A Trailhead for the Musser Gap Bikeway / Greenway
  • An emphasis on incorporating sustainability for all park facilities.

Review the details of Draft Plan Version #1 HERE.

Park PlanCOMMUNITY MEETING #2 on the draft Master Site Plan for WHITEHALL ROAD REGIONAL PARK was held on 23 Feb 2010.

Draft Plan Version #2 (shown below) of the proposed Master Site Plan Layout was presented and discussed.  81 individuals attended. This plan provided the basis for the final, approved plan (shown below).

Draft Version #2
Whitehall Road Regional Parklands
Draft Plan Version #2:  Click HERE to view the large-scale plan (PDF 2.7 MB)

Meeting Presentation
(35 slides in HTML format)
Not recommended for dial-ups.
Community Meeting #2
PHOTOS

from Feb. 23, 2010
Sport Group Leader
Meeting SUMMARY

from Feb. 16, 2010 (PDF)
On 26 April 2010, the COG Parks Capital Committee presented their Regional Park recommendations to the COG General Forum. A PDF version of that presentation is available HERE (PDF, 1 MB). The topic was again discussed by the COG General Forum on 24 May 2010.

LAYOUT PLAN Endorsed

On 28 Jun 2010, the proposed Layout Plan for the Whitehall Road Regional Parkland was approved by the COG General Forum. The Layout Plan was recommended by the COG Regional Parks Planning Committee on 8 Jun 2010 and will permit the completion of the draft Master Site Plan Report during July.

"MASTER SITE PLAN & REPORT" Approved for the
Whitehall Road Regional Parklands

Updated 25 Aug 2010

Approved Master Site Plan

On 23 Aug 2010, the COG General Forum adopted a resolution to approve the original Master Site Plan & Report, subject to the incorporation of the comments and suggestions from the five municipalities and from PA DCNR. The documents below incorporate those revisions. Note that the original plan (shown above) was updated by the General Forum on 25 Feb 2013.

A detailed PDF version of the 2010 plan (above) is available HERE (4.43 MB)

The Approved Park LAYOUT PLAN is available HERE (PDF 4 MB). (In Adobe Reader, click on View, Rotate, Clockwise.).

The Approved Park PHASING PLAN is available HERE (PDF 4 MB). (In Adobe Reader, click on View, Rotate, Clockwise.).

The full Master Site Plan Report (4.5 MB PDF, 146 pages, no appendix docs)

The approved application that authorized public sewer service serve the
Whitehall Road Regional Parklands is available HERE (3.8 MB PDF File)

Updated documents related to the proposed scope of phase 1 construction (24 Feb 2011)
Feb. 2013
Master Site Plan Update Approved- More info...

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