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2005 Agency Highlights - Parks & Recreation

14 Dec 05       Updated 4 Jan 06 to reflect all 2005 data

TO:                 Mr. James C. Steff, Exec. Director CRCOG

FROM:           Ronald J. Woodhead, Director CRPR

RE:                 2005 Agency Highlights - Parks & Recreation

            As requested in your memo of 7 Dec 05, I am pleased to relay the 2005 highlights for Centre Region Parks & Recreation. This memo has been updated to reflect actual data as of the end of December.

 1.         REGIONAL PARKS: 2005 was highlighted by the July 1 acquisition (and the Dec. 16 grant reimbursement of $300,000) for the 68-acres at Oak Hall for regional parklands, as well as the approval of the Articles of Agreement for that purchase, and the ongoing discussions regarding the cooperative planning & development of "regional parks." College Township and Harris Township are to be commended for providing the local funds necessary for this acquisition.

 2.         PARK OPERATIONS: The agency operated and maintained 638 acres at 48 sites in the Centre Region. Pavilion reservation permits were issued to 648 groups during 2005. A highlight of the year involved the official opening on Labor Day of College Township's new Fogleman's Field Complex (16-acres) with three, dedicated soccer fields.

 3.         PUBLIC RECREATION PROGRAMS:

•          The agency offered several new recreation programs for youth including Lacrosse, Start Smart Golf and Marksmanship. These programs generated a lot of positive feedback and will be offered again in 2006.

•          The adult softball, flag football & volleyball leagues continue to grow and remain financially self-sustaining.

•          The CRPR Summer Day Camps thrived in 2005. The reorganized camps attracted 780 participants during the summer, and revenue increased by 6%. We were able to fill camps to capacity almost every week

•          CRPR offered “Touch-A-Truck Day,” a new community event which attracted over 200 happy children who honked horns, "drove" and explored all sizes of trucks and equipment. 

4.         CENTRE REGION SENIOR CENTER: During 2005 the senior center hosted approximately 29,000 program visits during 2005, an increase of 5% over 2004 (when the renovation & expansion was completed). This figure includes the CALL programs that met at the center. 

5.         MILLBROOK MARSH NATURE CENTER hosted approximately 6,851 Program Visits during 2005 (for programs, events, activities, and camps). This represents a 23% increase from 2004 and a 49% increase from 2003. Program Visits do not include hikers, birdwatchers, dog walkers, university groups, family visits, and other activities that are not scheduled through the agency. The nature center was established in 1997. The Nature Center Supervisor position was upgraded to full-time, year-round in March 2003.

6.         AQUATICS: During the 100-day summer swim season of 2005, the two outdoor swimming pools hosted a total of 49,874 visits for instruction, recreation, and competition. In addition, the youth swim lessons at the High School Natatorium (operated year-round by CRPR) enrolled 682 youngsters during 2005. 

7.         CRPR WEBSITE - A redesigned CRPR website of 400 pages was posted on July 1. The web server logs show that the site hosted 1,320,551 hits from 138,624 visitors during 2005, an average of 379 visitors per day. The website focuses on promoting to residents the many available opportunities for recreation.

The CRPR Authority is a publicly-funded, municipal agency serving 5 municipalities since 1966. The Authority also maintains 501c3 status.
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