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Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority Board

The mission of the Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority is to serve Centre Region residents of all ages throughout the year with a variety of recreation opportunities for enriching their lives through the use of programs and facilities, leadership resources and technical assistance services for participating municipalities, individuals and groups.

The Authority Board

Authority Board

(2014 photo)

Standing, left to right
Jim W. Dunn, Member
Christopher M. Hurley, Chair
Sue Mascolo, Vice-Chair

Seated, left to right
Diane J. Ishler, Treas.
Kathy D. Matason, Sec.
Shannon E. Messick, Member

Each participating municipality (5) appoints one volunteer representative to serve a 5-year term on the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority, plus one representative of the State College Area School District is appointed by State College Borough Council.

In October 2011, the five participating municipalities re-authorized the future of the Authority for the period 1 Jan 2012 through 31 Dec 2061.

Parks Build Community

Name of Volunteer Appointee
Dates of
Volunteer Service
5 Year
Expires on:
Christopher M. Hurley, 2017 Chair
Township of Patton
23 Jan 2018
Open Position
Township of Ferguson
31 Dec 2018
Kathy D. Matason, 2017 Secretary
Township of College
31 Dec 2016
Diane J. Ishler, 2017 Treasurer
Township of Harris
July 2014-Present
31 Dec 2020
James W. Dunn, Ph.D., Member
Borough of State College
Jan. 2014-Present
31 Dec 2020
Shannon E. Messick, Member
S.C. Area School District
July 2014-Present
31 Dec 2016
2016 Green Park Award

Special Award Ceremony Held for Earth Day
at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

March 15 news release from PA DCNR (PDF)

Over 100 guests attended the special award ceremony held at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center on Friday, 22 April 2016:

  • Senior officials of the PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources presented their "2016 Green Park Award" to the CRPR Authority and municipal officials for their success at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. They will also dedicate a tree planted at the nature center in honor of the designation.
  • Senior officials of the PA Dept. of Community & Economic Development presented the “2016 Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence - Intergovernmental Cooperation” to each participating municipality and the CRPR Authority for providing 50 years of cooperative parks and recreation services to the Centre Region.
  • The Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority recognized the CRPR Authority as a "2016 Green Business Partner" resulting from CRPR recycling efforts at the local parks and pools.
  • The Office of State Senator Jake Corman presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the PA Senate to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the CRPR Agency.

Award Plaque

PRPSThe Centre Region COG and
the Centre Region P
arks & Recreation Authority
Earn "2012 Local Government Award"
for Regional Cooperation

Representatives of the Centre Region COG and the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority accepted on March 20, at the 65th Annual Conference of the PA Recreation & Park Society, the "2012 Local Government Award."  The award was based upon the long-term municipal cooperation of five municipalities in the Centre Region that enabled the renewal the two community swimming pools, construction of the nature center education building and planning of the new regional parks. The award criteria: The nominee(s) must be an elected or appointed official or group of officials who have:
(1) made an outstanding and significant contribution to some facet of the field of the profession through legislative, executive or administrative action; or,
(2) by working to protect or preserve open space or other significant resources or facilities.

July 2012 "PA Boroughs" magazine article (PDF) highlights local CRPR efforts.

2001 - Present

2006 2006 Agency Goals 2006 Fee Policy
2007 2007 Agency Goals/Work Plan 2007 Fee Policy
2008 2008 Agency Goals/Work Plan Fee Policy
Revisions for 2008
2009 2009 Agency Goals/Work Plan
2010 2010 Agency Goals/Work Plan (PDF)
2011 2011 Agency Goals/Work Plan (PDF) 2011 Fee Policy (PDF)
2012 2012 Agency Goals/Work Plan (PDF) 2012 Fee Policy (PDF)
2013 2013 Agency Goals /
Work Plan & Evaluation (PDF)
2013 Fee Policy (PDF)
2014 2014 Agency Goals/Work Plan (PDF) 2014 Fee Policy (PDF)
2015 2015 Fee Policy (PDF)
As amended 4 Dec 2014
& 19 Mar 2015
2016 2016 Agency Goals/Work Plan (PDF) 2016 Fee Policy (PDF) (Pending)

Authority Board Priorities (PDF)

COG Parks Capital Committee
Priorities (PDF)


Centre Region Council of Governments
2643 Gateway Drive #1, State College, PA 16801
(814) 231-3071     Fax 814.235.7832

Serving the Borough of State College and the Townships of College, Harris, Ferguson and Patton

The CRPR Authority is a publicly-funded, municipal agency serving 5 municipalities since 1966. The Authority also maintains 501c3 status.
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The Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority
2643 Gateway Drive #1, State College, PA. USA 16801   (814)231-3071   Fax 814.235.7832