2008 CRPR Highlights
3 Feb 09
1. Pool Renewals:
- Finalized the Pool Renewal Funding Package for $7.9 million. The coordinated effort to finalize the Pool Renewal funding package is also noteworthy as a sign of "municipal cooperation at its best" as well as a sign of each municipality's faith in the future of that cooperation.
- Park Forest Pool construction is now underway, on schedule (over 50% complete) and on budget ($3.2 million).
- Continued work on the Welch Pool Renewal Master Site Plan.
- Obtained a $375,000 state grant for the Welch Pool Renewal construction project. Total Project $5.4 million.
2. Regional Parks:
- Selected a consultant and began work on preparing the Master Site Plan for the Oak Hall regional parklands with the assistance of a $38,000 state grant. Total Project $76,000.
- In May 2008 the closing for the Whitehall Road parklands was completed. The $159,000 reimbursement grant from the state was received.
- Obtained a $40,000 grant to prepare a Master Site Plan for the Whitehall Road regional parklands.
3. Park and Program Operations:
- A year-round menu of public recreation programs and special events was offered for all ages.
- Thanks to regional cooperation, a total of 783 acres of parklands across the region were maintained for residents to enjoy.
- Reflecting high interest, during 2008 the Centre Region Parks & Recreation website hosted 2.12 million hits from 217,002 visitors; an average of 594 visitors per day. The successful implementation of Internet registrations by the agency has also been very popular with residents and staff.
4. Special Facility Operations:
- The two outdoor swimming pools hosted a total of 48,122 daily visits.
- The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center hosted 9,706 visitors in 2008, a 13% increase from 2007.
- Senior Center: During 2008 the center served an average of 24 noontime meals and hosted an average of 37 program participants each weekday.
- The nature center was awarded a grant from PA Fish & Boat Commission to start a new Flyfishing For Bass Camp (for youth in 2009).
- A $200,000 construction grant to the nature center for the Spring Creek Education Building was confirmed by PA DCNR in October 2008. Including the grant, a total of $1,029,655 has been raised to proceed with the project.
- PA Conservation Corp: For the 7th consecutive year, the Authority won a competitive application process to secure a PCC grant valued at $103,000. The local cost is $5,000. The Authority recently reapplied to be considered for the 8th straight year for this program.
- In April 2008, the COG & the Recreation Authority were recognized with a "Governor's Award for Local Government Excellence" in Building Community Partnerships - related to the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.