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Centre Region Parks & Recreation
Approved 2003 Agency Goals
These goals are not listed in priority. Published 21 Jan 03

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2003 Goal Descriptions

Operations

- Promote the benefits and availability of local recreation opportunities in parks and programs.
- Provide effective, efficient, and safe program & facility operations (including customer services, parks, senior center, nature center, aquatics).

Staff

- Pending Board action, implement the “Child Safety Policy” for background checks of program staff.
- Complete implementation of uniform clothing for the f/t Parks Maintenance staff.
- Transition to the new COG office location (mid-May).
- Continue to promote donations, sponsorships, private funding, park partners, and gifts to benefit CRPR facilities, leagues, & programs (including the nature center and the Remembrance Tree program).
- Continue website operations and promotion of the website.
- When available from SportsLog, evaluate options and costs for internet transactions by customers.
- Assist municipal staffs with grant applications for municipal park developments & improvements.
- Pending approval of the 2002 state grant application to purchase two 75-acre tracts for future parklands, work with the respective municipalities on funding the park master planning processes.
- Complete and maintain the CRPR Board Inventory & Assessment Project.
- Search & apply for available grants for improvements, operations, and for regional capital projects.

Programs,
Leagues,
Special Events

- Add new programs and special events as resources permit.
- Expand “Leisure Guide Partners” efforts to reduce net costs of seasonal Leisure Guides.
- Implement the “Program Partner Policy” for cooperative program operations.
- Develop and implement a “Team Sponsor Policy” for youth sport league teams.
- Develop the Youth Sports Council to foster greater cooperation & improved communications with sport organizations and SCASD. This effort also relates to the planning process for new parklands.
- Implement the Youth Sports Parent Education Program in conjunction with other local sport organizations.
- Revitalize & expand the CRPR youth sport leagues, perhaps in partnership with other groups.

Aquatics

- Continue to work for municipal consensus on the plan to update / improve the 2 outdoor pools.
- Improve the computer connections between the 2 pool offices and the CRPR file server.

Facilities

- Complete the renovation of 5 leased ballfields at 3 SCASD elementary schools.
- Continue the incorporation of Thompson Woods Preserve and Stan Yoder Preserve.
- Continue & improve safety inspections of park equipment. Work with municipalities to replace equipment as needed.

Nature
Center

- Continue to work with the PCC program (an application to extend the program through June ‘04 was submitted to the state).
- Continue and offer new programs & special events to increase visitations and visibility. Develop the “CRPR Explorer Series at MM Nature Center.”
- Promote facility rentals (barn & pavilion) and group programs.
- Parking lots construction; landscape plantings, connecting pathways.
- Construct the demonstration "Kitchen Garden."
- Install "Marsh View" windows in the barn; replicate former barn air vents.
- Complete the entire boardwalk w/ recognition signs, install bird blind structure(s).
- Complete renovation of the former garage into staff & PCC HQ.
- Artificial fen: develop engineering drawings, apply for wetland permit, proceed w/ construction.
- Wetlab: develop construction drawings and proceed.
- Develop, purchase, and install property signs (interpretive, regulatory and informational).
- Continue to seek funding and program partners, interns, donations & grant funds.
- Establish strategy and develop preliminary construction plans for MMNC Capital Campaign.

Senior
Center

- Transition to off-site CRPR office operations in 2003. Recruit and train the new p/t Program Assistant.
- Continue promotion of Senior Center, Senior Citizen Club, and CALL programs.
- As a result of increased program visits, explore the feasibility of expanding the Senior Center into the current CRPR office area in partnership with Centre County Office of Aging and the CALL organization.

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